Meaning: from Hebrew Avshalom meaning "father is peace" from Hebrew elements av (father) and shalom (peace).
In the Old Testament, Absalom is the third son of King David described as a handsome man who rebelled against his father and was killed in battle, apparently when his long hair was caught in the boughs of a tree as his horse was riding beneath it and was killed by Joab, the king's commander.
As a surname, the name came about as a nickname for long hair.
- Absolon (French)
- Akseli (Finnish)
- Axel (German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)
- Aksel (Danish, Norwegian)
- Avshalom (Hebrew)
- Abessalom (Biblical Greek)
- Apsolon (Medieval English)
- Abselon (Medieval English)