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Quick Facts on Solomon

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 424
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Solomon

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Solomon

Solomon is a Biblical name, from the Hebrew Shlomo which is a derivative of “shalom” meaning ‘peace’. Solomon was borne from the Bible as the third King of Israel, after Saul and David. Solomon was the product of an adulterous relationship between David and Bathsheba (who eventually became David’s 8th and most favored wife). In 2 Samuel 12:24 Solomon is born and we are told that “the Lord loved him” so the prophet Nathan calls the child “Jedidiah” (which means ‘beloved of Yahweh’). Solomon was declared king by David at his death bed (circa 970 BC) and in 1 Kings 3:5 God appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked the king what he wishes for. Solomon humbly asks God for wisdom: “an understanding mind so that I may govern your people and discern between good and evil.” The Lord is so impressed with Solomon’s selfless request that He also bestows upon the king a long life, riches and power along with wisdom. This wisdom is immediately thereafter illustrated by the parable of King Solomon, the two prostitutes and a baby (1 Kings 3:16-28). Two prostitutes carrying a baby come before King Solomon and ask him to solve their dilemma. Each claims that the baby is hers. Solomon suggests they divide the baby in two so that the women can each have a half. One woman agrees; the other says “…give her the living child, and by no means put him to death.” Solomon declared that woman the mother since she was putting the safety of the baby first, as a true mother would do. And so the people of Israel stood in awe of Solomon, knowing he was a wise and just king. Solomon’s long reign was marked by economic prosperity, international relations and, most importantly, the building of a Temple in Jerusalem. As a prominent King of Israel, Solomon has been a name of particular importance among the Jews, but it was also adopted by nonconformist Christians several centuries ago.

Popularity of the Name Solomon

The name Solomon has been in use in America since the time of colonization. However, we only have data that dates back to the late 19th century. At the turn of the 20th century, Solomon was a name used fairly moderately. As the decades progressed, the name would dwindle in usage and reach its low point of popularity in the 1960s. Solomon has always maintained a position on the charts, and so has had a consistent place within the naming practices of the United Sates, even if that place has been at low to moderate levels. Solomon is a familiar name to Jews and Christians alike given his prominence in the Bible (specifically 1 Kings and the Song of Solomon which celebrates the romantic love between man and woman). Solomon is a handsome, kingly name. It’s exotic and not heavily used, but the name’s etymology (‘peace’) has a really nice meaning. And thanks to King Solomon himself, the name is also synonymous with wisdom.
Popularity of the Boy Name Solomon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Solomon

  • Popular Songs on Solomon

    Popular Songs on Solomon

    Solomon - a song by Few Left Standing

    Solomon Jones - a song by Aceyalone [explicit]

    Song of Solomon - a song by Pale Saints

    Song of Solomon - a song by Sara Groves

    Song of Solomon - a song by Steve Kilbey

    The Song of Solomon - a song by Kate Bush

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Solomon

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Solomon

    An Angel For Solomon Singer (Cynthia Rylant) - Solomon Singer is a middle-aged man who lives in a hotel for men in New York City. One night his solitary wanderings take him into a restaurant where he reads these words on the menu: The Westway Cafe -- where all your dreams come true. A soft-voiced waiter (metaphorically named Angel) welcomes him and invites him back. Each night Singer returns, ordering food and, silently, ordering his wishes for the things he remembers from an Indiana boyhood. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon (Jonathan Stroud) - Bartimaeus, everyone’s favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series, now available in paperback. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now fans can go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950 BCE. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match. He’ll have to contend with an unpleasant master and his sinister servant, and he runs into just a “spot” of trouble with King Solomon’s magic ring….Recommended for ages 11-15.

    King Solomon & the Queen of Sheba (Blu Greenberg & Linda Tarry) - The story of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba tells how Queen Makeda set out to learn whether King Solomon truly possessed the wisdom of the ages. She devises a series of clever riddles that will put Solomon to the test. But as the king answers her riddles, Makeda realizes that she has discovered more than wisdom; she has found a whole new way of looking at the world...and at God. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    King Solomon and the Bee (Dalia Hardof Renberg) - A retelling of the traditional tale about a bee that repays King Solomon's kindness by helping him solve the Queen of Sheba's riddle. Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Solomon and the Ant: And Other Jewish Folktales (Sheldon Oberman) - Jewish folk literature contains a rich repertoire of tales that have been told near the hearth, at the table, and in the synagogue for centuries. Some tales address life's problems. Others offer insight into human behavior. Even when the stories make us laugh, they often give us something to think about. This treasure trove of forty-three folktales includes religious, wisdom, riddle, and trickster tales. In these pages, you will meet King Solomon, who demonstrates his wisdom and learns valuable lessons from birds and ants. The prophet Elijah makes an appearance, with dire consequences for a greedy husband and wife. The hapless citizens of Chilm are here, too. In addition, there are bakers and beggars and rabbis. There are mice and lions and wolves. Taken together, their tales form a colorful mosaic of the Jewish storytelling tradition. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Solomon Crocodile (Catherine Rayner) - In his swampy home, Solomon is looking for fun but nobody wants to play. The dragonflies tell him to buzz off, the storks get in a flap, and the hippo is downright huffy. But then somebody else starts making a ruckus …and for once it is NOT Solomon. Could it be the perfect pal for a lonely croc? Matching vibrant art with rollicking words, Scottish artist Catherine Rayner has created a funny, reassuring story about a rambunctious youngster who chases off the friends he’s trying to make. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Solomon Sneezes (Marilyn Singer) - A delightful mini ballad by Marilyn Singer unravels the hilarious tale of Solomon Snorkel's hurricane-force sneeze and the havoc it wreaks across the globe. Brian Floca renders each hapless victim -- from the nervous bees to the chilly Martians -- with hilarity and gusto. The active humor is bound to tickle the funny bone of every budding slapstick fan. Bless you, Solomon! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon (Kaye Umansky) - Prepare, dear reader, for the tale of Solomon Snow, his bossy friend Prudence, and the insufferable Infant Prodigy as they set out in search of Solly's rightful inheritance -- despite some woeful misadventures along the way! Recommended for ages 8-14.

    Solomon Snow and the Stolen Jewel (Kaye Umansky) - Solomon Snow and his stalwart friends return in a second mock-Victorian extravaganza! In their second adventure, the intrepid trio becomes ensnared in a plot to steal a priceless ruby. But what do a stubborn donkey, a shady dwarf, and Mr. Skippy the rabbit have to do with it all? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Solomon's Temple Model (Tim Dowley) - Solomon's Temple, known as the location of the famous Ark of the Covenant, was the focus of worship in Old Testament times. What did it actually look like? Why was it built? What happened in the Temple? Discover the answers to all of these questions and many more in this informative, fully illustrated guide to Solomon's Temple. Comes complete with ready-to-build miniature replica of the Temple to inspire interactive learning. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Solomon's Tree (Andrea Spalding) - The transformational experience of making a mask helps to heal a boy's grief. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison) - Macon Dead, Jr., called Milkman, son of the richest Negro in town, moves from childhood into early manhood, searching, among the disparate, mysterious members of his family, for his life and reality. Written by the Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison. Recommended for ages 13+

    Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man (Judith Bloom Fradin) - Solomon Northup awoke in the middle of the night with his body trembling. Slowly, he realized that he was handcuffed in a dark room and his feet were chained to the floor. He managed to slip his hand into his pocket to look for his free papers that proved he was one of 400,000 free blacks in a nation where 2.5 million other African Americans were slaves. They were gone. This remarkable story follows Northup through his 12 years of bondage as a man kidnapped into slavery, enduring the hardships of slave life in Louisiana. But the tale also has a remarkable ending. Northup is rescued from his master's cotton plantation in the deep South by friends in New York. This is a compelling tale that looks into a little known slice of history, sure to rivet young readers and adults alike. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    The Wisdom Bird: A Tale of Solomon and Sheba (Sheldon Oberman) - The School Library Journal says: “Based upon an amalgam of African and Jewish folktales, this is a charming story told in pictorial, musical language. Hearing of King Solomon's incomparable wisdom, the Queen of Sheba journeys to Jerusalem to question and learn from him. She then challenges him to use his knowledge for a special task, and he agrees without knowing what it is. He is disturbed to hear that she wants him to build a palace of bird beaks. Sadly, all the birds gather obediently to make the sacrifice. The last to arrive is the hoopoe, who poses three significant, beak-saving questions to the wise king, ending the tale with a significant truth. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    The Wisdom of Solomon Lapp (Wanda E. Brunstetter) - Your kids will love this delightfully written and beautifully illustrated storybook about a young Amish boy named Solomon Lapp and his sister Sara. Growing up amid the beautiful rolling hills of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the children encounter everything from dark, dancing shadows to lose chickens, quilt-eating goats, and mischief-making siblings. From one adventure to another in twelve intriguing chapters, Solomon and his friends learn life lessons about courage, brotherly love, helping, obedience, kindness, and more. This enchanting storybook will not only entertain but inspire, teaching children Christian values and the wisdom of God. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Solomon

    Famous People Named Solomon

    Famous People Named Solomon - Solomon of Montpellier (13th century Rabbi); Solomon (British pianist); Solomon, King of Hungary (11th century king of Hungary); Solomon I of Imereti (18th century King of Imereti, western Georgia); Solomon II of Imereti (King of Imereti); Solomon Busendich (Kenyan long distance runner); Solomon (rap musician); Solomon kaDinuzulu (former king of the Zulu nation); Solomon Bates (football player); Solomon Jones (basketball); Solomon Burke (singer/songwriter); Solomon Linda (musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Solomon

    Children of Famous People Named Solomon

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Solomon - William Lee Golden (country music singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Solomon - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    King Solomon of Israel (Biblical 10th Century B.C.) - We gave you the main points on Solomon above. He was Israel’s third king; the son of David; loved by God; given power, wealth and wisdom; reigned during the “Golden Age” of Israel; built Jerusalem’s first Temple; yadda yadda, yadda. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for King Solomon. He had 700 wives and princesses and 300 mistresses. That’s 1,000 women he loved (no wonder the ‘Song of Song’s’ was written either for him or by him). As God suspected would happen, many of Solomon’s foreign wives and concubines influenced him with the ways of their own pagan religious beliefs. Eventually, Solomon turned away from God, but because God loved Solomon’s father David so much, He let Solomon finish his 40 year reign and die honorably without punishment. Still, some of Solomon’s political policies had some not-so-great consequences. He alienated the Northern Tribes through forced labor and heavy taxation; he diminished some of their religious influence; and he sells some of their towns to the Phoenician king. This all would set the stage for the subsequent division of Israel when the northern tribes secede from the union.

Personality of the Boy Name Solomon

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Solomon

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