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What does Absalom mean?

Absalom Pronunciation of Absalom [ab-sa-lom] 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.

Associated with: peace, biblical, renowned (famous), handsome, battle (war), soldiers (warrior), novel (literary).


Absalom has 7 variants: Absalon, Abshalom, Absolem, Absolom, Absolon, Avshalom and Avsholom.

Affiliated boy name: Axel.

Creative forms:
(male) Alsalom, Assalom, ..

(female) Absalia, Absalin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Absalom Yazan (A.Y.), ..

How popular is Absalom?

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. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only prominent alternative form of Absalom (outside Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000 is Axel (#123 the previous year). Adoption of this relation of Absalom is at its highest presently (usage of 0.2%). (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Axel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Axel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aalok, Abdal, Abdalah, Abdall, Abdalla, Abraham, Abrahim, Abram, Abramo, Anscom, Anselm and Shalom. These names tend to be more commonly used than Absalom.

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