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Origins Available: German, Jewish
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.
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.
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.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Solomon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
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
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
- John Solomon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Sarah Solomon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Solomon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Solomon, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
- Catherine Solomon, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
- Francisca Solomon, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1897
- Nykola Solomon, who arrived in Quebec in 1897
- Peter Solomon, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1897
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
- 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
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
- 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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- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
- Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
- Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
- Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
- Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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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