What does Absalom mean?
Absalom \a-bsa-lom, ab-salom\ as a boys' name is pronounced AB-sa-lom. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Absalom is "father is peace". From Avshalom. Biblical: Absalom, son of King David, was renowned for his handsome appearance and ability to win the loyalty and allegiance of others. He connived to steal his father's throne, and died in battle, caught by his hair in an oak tree and executed by one of his father's soldiers. His father then lamented, "Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!" Also the title of a tragic novel by William Faulkner. Seldom used today, perhaps because of its traditional associations with terrible grief.
For more information, see also the related boy name Axel.
Absalom is a rare given name for males but a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#87729 out of 150436, Top 58%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Absalom and affiliated names. The only prominent alternative form of Absalom (#unlisted) appearing in the Top 1000 is Axel (#145 the previous year). Adoption of these boy names was at its highest in 2011 (usage of 0.864%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.855%, down 1%). Axel (#145) is the most fashionable name for newborns in this compilation, with this name having a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)