Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Sharon

Sharon is borne from the Hebrew Bible and Old Testament as a place name mentioned in the Song of Solomon 2:1, “I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys.” It comes from the Hebrew שָׁרוֹן (Sharon) meaning “plain” indicating the fertile plain near the coast of Israel. Several flowering plants are referred to as the “Rose of Sharon”, most notably the beautiful yellow flowers of the genus Hypericum or the lovely pinkish Hibiscus. Sharon began as a unisex name dating back to the 18th century but by the 20th century became exclusively female.

All About the Baby Name – Sharon

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME SHARON

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME SHARON

Sharon first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1925, no doubt influenced by “The Skyrocket”, a serial novel published that same year by popular journalist and screenwriter Adela Rogers St. Johns. The novel tells the story of Sharon Kimm, a beautiful, would-be actress relegated to crowd scenes as an “extra” until she catches the eye of a tyrannical director who grooms her into a starlet and “skyrockets” her to stardom. The name very quickly caught on and took off in popularity. Within 10 short years (by 1935), Sharon was a Top 100 favorite girl’s name in America. But she didn’t stop there; Sharon’s peak popularity came between 1943 and 1949 when the name held a consistent spot on the Top 10. Sharon remained quite popular up through the late 1970s at which time her flowering plant began to wilt. Her decline was slow and steady on the charts until the 1990s and up through today when Sharon started to drop like rocks. Today, the name is bestowed on barely 300 baby girls per year, a far cry from the over 20,000 daughters who received this moniker annually during the 1940s! By today’s naming standards, many parents feel that Sharon is too “plain” or dull, perhaps too dated and associated with middle-aged woman (thanks to her mid-century popularity). But we’re hoping for a comeback – Sharon is a soft and pretty name with understated beauty.

Quick Facts

ON SHARON

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

882

PRONUNCIATION:

SHER-ən

SIMPLE MEANING:

Plain

Characteristics

OF SHARON

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Sharon

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME SHARON

Rose of Sharon Joad Rivers is a character in John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel of the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath, which took several literary prizes and contributed to its author winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. It was made into an acclaimed film version in 1940, and was adapted to various other media over the years. A powerful and poignant tale of the migration of poor sharecroppers from the Dust Bowl seeking a future in California, the book traces the story of the Joad family on their journey. Rose of Sharon is the high-spirited teen-aged daughter who is pregnant; she dreams of an idealized life in California with her husband, a life of pretty clothes, movies and a happy new baby. Still young and self-centered, she grudgingly pitches in with the chores. As the family progresses on its increasingly discouraging journey, and her husband abandons her, Rose of Sharon begins to mature into her womanhood, quietly nurturing the child within and maintaining a composure beyond her years. Insisting upon helping the family pick cotton at one of their stops, she goes into labor and delivers a stillborn child. Although heartbroken, although barraged with the inequities of life at so young an age, although battered by fate, Rose of Sharon rises magnificently to the circumstances and performs a life-giving act of selflessness that gives meaning and hope to her life and that of others.

Popular Songs

ON SHARON

I Ain't Sharin' Sharon
a song by Bobby Darin

Sharon & Hope
a song by Stina Nordenstam

Song for Sharon
a song by Joni Mitchell

Famous People

NAMED SHARON

Sharon Stone (actress)
Sharon Tate (actress)
Sharon Osbourne (TV personality)
Sharon Corr (Irish musician)
Sharon Creech (author)
Sharon Stone (actress)
Sharon Tate (actress)
Sharon Osbourne (TV personality)
Sharon Corr (Irish musician)
Sharon Creech (author)
Sharon Stone (actress)
Sharon Tate (actress)
Sharon Osbourne (TV personality)
Sharon Corr (Irish musician)
Sharon Creech (author)

Children of Famous People

NAMED SHARON

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Sharon

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME SHARON

Ariel Sharon was a highly esteemed general in the Israeli Army, its Defense Minister, Foreign Minister and the 11th Prime Minister of the State of Israel, at whose birth in 1948 he was present. Acknowledged to be the greatest field commander in the State’s thus short history, Ariel Sharon participated in, among others, the 1948 War of Independence, the Arab-Israeli (Suez) War of 1956, the Six Day War in 1967, the Yom Kippur War 1973 and the 1982 war with Lebanon. So popular was he with the people, he was dubbed the “King of Israel”, a moniker biblically reserved for Sauls, Davids and Solomons. While a political conservative for most of his days, Sharon split with his original Likud party in later years and supported the withdrawal of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, a move many attributed to basic pragmatism rather than to humanitarian motives. He oversaw an unprecedented growth in real estate development and Jewish immigration to Israel during his reign. Ariel Sharon was Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006, at which time he suffered a debilitating stroke. After living for eight years in a coma, he died in 2014.

Ariel Sharon was a highly esteemed general in the Israeli Army, its Defense Minister, Foreign Minister and the 11th Prime Minister of the State of Israel, at whose birth in 1948 he was present. Acknowledged to be the greatest field commander in the State’s thus short history, Ariel Sharon participated in, among others, the 1948 War of Independence, the Arab-Israeli (Suez) War of 1956, the Six Day War in 1967, the Yom Kippur War 1973 and the 1982 war with Lebanon. So popular was he with the people, he was dubbed the “King of Israel”, a moniker biblically reserved for Sauls, Davids and Solomons. While a political conservative for most of his days, Sharon split with his original Likud party in later years and supported the withdrawal of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, a move many attributed to basic pragmatism rather than to humanitarian motives. He oversaw an unprecedented growth in real estate development and Jewish immigration to Israel during his reign. Ariel Sharon was Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006, at which time he suffered a debilitating stroke. After living for eight years in a coma, he died in 2014.

Ariel Sharon was a highly esteemed general in the Israeli Army, its Defense Minister, Foreign Minister and the 11th Prime Minister of the State of Israel, at whose birth in 1948 he was present. Acknowledged to be the greatest field commander in the State’s thus short history, Ariel Sharon participated in, among others, the 1948 War of Independence, the Arab-Israeli (Suez) War of 1956, the Six Day War in 1967, the Yom Kippur War 1973 and the 1982 war with Lebanon. So popular was he with the people, he was dubbed the “King of Israel”, a moniker biblically reserved for Sauls, Davids and Solomons. While a political conservative for most of his days, Sharon split with his original Likud party in later years and supported the withdrawal of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, a move many attributed to basic pragmatism rather than to humanitarian motives. He oversaw an unprecedented growth in real estate development and Jewish immigration to Israel during his reign. Ariel Sharon was Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006, at which time he suffered a debilitating stroke. After living for eight years in a coma, he died in 2014.