Absalom Name Meaning & Origin
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USAGE: Biblical, Biblical Latin
OTHER SCRIPTS: אַבְשָׁלוֹם (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: AB-sə-lahm (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Abessalom (Biblical Greek), 'Avshalom (Biblical Hebrew), Axel, Aksel (Danish), Akseli (Finnish), Absolon (French), Axel (German), Axel, Aksel (Norwegian), Axel, Acke (Swedish)
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Hebrew meaning "father of peace."
In the Bible, the third and favorite son of King David, who staged a revolt against his father and was defeated and killed in the ensuing battle.
From the Hebrew name אַבְשָׁלוֹם ('Avshalom) which meant "my father is peace". In the Old Testament he is a son of King David who leads a revolt against his father. While fleeing on the back of a mule he got his head caught in a tree and was killed by Joab.
- Famous real-life people named Absalom
Absalom Baird, Union Army general in the American Civil War.
Absalom Jones, an African-American abolitionist and clergyman. In 1804 he was the first African-American ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States.
- Absalom in song, story & screen
Absalom, fictional character in "Cry, The Beloved Country" by Alan Paton.
"Absalom, Absalom!," a novel by William Faulkner
Absalom is the name of the Caterpillar in Tim Burton's interpretation of "Alice in Wonderland"