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The Rhineland, in Germany, is the ancient home of the Solo 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. Solo 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.

Solo Early Origins



The surname Solo was 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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Solo Spelling Variations


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Solo Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Solo include Salamon, Salomons, Salaman, Salamann, Salomann, Solomon, Soloman, Solomann and many more.

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Solo Early History


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Solo Early History



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

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Solo Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Solo Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Solo, or one of its variants above:

Solo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eslegun Del Solo, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835
  • Antonio Solo, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Solo (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Solo (post 1700)



  • Richard A. Solo, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    3. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    4. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Solo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Solo 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 January 2016 at 14:23.

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