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Origins Available: German, Jewish

Where did the German Solomon family come from? What is the German Solomon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Solomon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Solomon family history?

The Rhineland, in Germany, is the ancient home of the Solomon family. Traditionally, the German people only used one name, but as the population increased they were forced to adopt hereditary surnames. The most common type of name in Germany was derived from the name of a parent of the bearer. To this class belong patronymic names, derived from the father, and metronymic names, derived from the mother. Solomon comes from the baptismal name Solomon. This name is ultimately derived from the Hebrew given name Shelomo, which is derived from the word shalom, which means peace. This name was popular among both Jews and Christians during the Middle Ages. Among Christians, it was also a nickname type of surname for a person who was considered wise or for a person who played the role of King Solomon in a miracle play.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Solomon include Salamon, Salomons, Salaman, Salamann, Salomann, Solomon, Soloman, Solomann and many more.

First found in the Rhineland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Solomon research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1740, 1785, 1797, and 1829 are included under the topic Early Solomon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Solomon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Solomon, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Solomon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Lewis Solomon, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Elias Solomon, who arrived in New England in 1732
  • Abraham Solomon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Joseph Solomon, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johan Solomon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750


Solomon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Israel Solomon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Carl Solomon, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846
  • Rap Solomon, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • L Solomon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • H Solomon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


Solomon Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Benjamin Solomon, aged 24, landed in South Carolina in 1903
  • Abdleach John Solomon, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

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  • Harold Solomon (b. 1952), American professional tennis player
  • William "Will" James Solomon (b. 1978), American professional basketball player
  • Freddie Solomon (b. 1953), former professional American football player
  • Eddie Solomon Jr. (1951-1986), American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Norman Solomon (b. 1951), American journalist, media critic and antiwar activist
  • Sheppard Solomon (b. 1969), American songwriter
  • Ed Solomon (b. 1960), American writer, producer and director
  • Linda Solomon (b. 1937), American music critic and editor
  • Edward Solomon (1855-1895), prolific English composer, as well as a conductor, orchestrator and pianist
  • Vaiben Louis Solomon (1853-1908), Australian politician, the 21st Premier of South Australia

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The Solomon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Solomon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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