[ 3 syll. so-lo-mon, sol-om-on ] The baby boy name Solomon is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is SAAL-ah-MahN in English †. Solomon is used chiefly in the English, Hebrew, Romanian, and Slavic languages, and its origin is Hebrew. A biblical name, it is derived from the element 'shalom' meaning peace. Shelomoh (Hebrew) and Shlomo (Hebrew) are older forms of Solomon. The name was borne in the Bible by a king, also the son of David and Beersheba. He was famous for his wisdom, and he wrote various books of the Old Testament, including the Proverbs, the Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs known also as the Song of Solomon. The name has traditionally been Jewish; it was first adopted by English speakers in the 16th century, usually for its association with wisdom. The name is also known from the popular nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy. The name Salome (English, French, and German) is the female form of Solomon.
The name Solomon is widely used; it has 54 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Salamon (used in Hungarian and Spanish as well), Salmen, Salmon, Salo, Saloman, Selim, Shalmon, Shelomo, Solaman, Solamon, Sollie, Solmon, Solom, Solomo, Solomona, Solomonas, Zalmen, Zelman, Zelmen, Zelmo, Zollie, and Zolly. The short form Sol (used in Hebrew as well), the pet form Solly (used in Hebrew as well), and the variant spelling Soloman are other English forms.
Foreign variants of Solomon include Lasimonne (French), Salaman (Hungarian), Salamen (Polish), Salamone (Italian), Salamun (Czech), Salaun (French), Salman (Arabic, Iranian, and Turkish), Salomão (Portuguese), Salomo (Dutch, German, and Scandinavian), Salomon (Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Polish, Scandinavian, Slavic, and Spanish), Salomonas (Lithuanian), Salomone (Italian), Salomón (Spanish), Selman (Yiddish), Selyf (Welsh), Shelomoh (Yiddish), Shlomo (Hebrew and Yiddish), Solaiman (Arabic), Solamh (Irish and Scottish), Sulaiman (Arabic), Sulaimon (Arabic), Sulayman (Arabic), Suleiman (Arabic), Sulema (Arabic and Urdu), Süleyman (Arabic and Turkish), Zalman (Yiddish), Zula (Spanish), Zulema (Spanish), and Zulma (Spanish).
Solomon is a fairly popular baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1911, 0.053% of baby boys were given the name Solomon. Its ranking then was #221. The baby name has since fallen in popularity, and is in recent years of occasional use. In 2018, its usage was only 0.042% and its ranking #388, but it was nonetheless the most popular within all boy names in its group. In 2018, Solomon was twice as popular as the subsequent ranked name, Sonny. In the past century Solomon has predominantly been a baby boy name.
† Pronunciation for Solomon: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Solomon:
Author Saul Bellow, born Solomon Bellows, 10 June 1915 - 5 April 2005, Lachine, Quebec, Canada.
Pianist Solomon Cutner, born 6 August 1902 - 22 February 1988, London, England.