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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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The surname Solomon 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 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
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Solomon Settlers in 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
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Solomon Settlers in 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

Solomon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Solomon, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • John Solomon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sarah Solomon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. John Solomon U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Solomon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Solomon, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Catherine Solomon, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Joseph Solomon, who arrived in Quebec in 1896
  • Peter Solomon, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1897
  • Petro Solomon, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1897
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Solomon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David Solomon, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • S.M. Solomon, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Israel Solomon, a bookbinder, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Abraham Solomon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constant" in 1849
  • Juliet Solomon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constant" in 1849
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Solomon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Esther Solomon, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Thomas Solomon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "African" in 1860
  • J. Solomon, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Thomas B. Solomon, aged 17, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • William Solomon, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
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  • Linda Solomon (b. 1937), American music critic and editor
  • Ed Solomon (b. 1960), American writer, producer and director
  • Sheppard Solomon (b. 1969), American songwriter
  • Norman Solomon (b. 1951), American journalist, media critic and antiwar activist
  • Eddie Solomon Jr. (1951-1986), American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Freddie Solomon (b. 1953), former professional American football player
  • William "Will" James Solomon (b. 1978), American professional basketball player
  • Harold Solomon (b. 1952), American professional tennis player
  • Abraham Solomon (1906-1983), American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 6th District, 1937, 1942; Candidate for New York State Senate 23rd District, 1938
  • Abe Solomon, American politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 1st District, 1934
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  2. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  5. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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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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