Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Solange

Solange is a distinctly French female name derived from the Medieval Roman Sollemnia meaning “religious” ultimately traced to the Latin “sollemnis” meaning “solemn.” The name was made famous by a 9th century Frankish saint, a shepherdess who was martyred after being killed by her suitor. Born in central France, Solange came from a family of meager means but raised to be devoutly religious – in fact, she consecrated her virginity at the ripe old age of seven. Her beauty and popularity attracted many men as she grew older, but she spurned their advances having already given herself over to Christ. One such suitor, the powerful son of a nearby Frankish Count, apparently wouldn’t take no for an answer – and so he attempted to take the young Solange by force. In her violent struggle to get away, her angry abductor took his sword and beheaded her. This is when, according to medieval legend, Solange became what is known as a “cephalophore” saint (i.e., a head-carrying saint). In other words, Solange picked up her severed head – which continued to invoke the name of Jesus – as she walked to a local church before lying down to die. Such legends were hugely popular – particularly in France – which is why Solange became so highly venerated (and why her name survived). In the 13th century, an altar was built in her honor at the very church she was said to have carried her talking head. The religious element of Solange’s name has taken on the expanded meanings of “festive,” “ceremonious,” “religious” and “solemn.”

All About the Baby Name – Solange

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME SOLANGE

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME SOLANGE

Solange is not a particularly popular name in the English-speaking world which makes it a unique choice for Francophile parents out there. In fact, only 51 baby girls born in the United States in 2013 were given this name.  That’s not a whole lot! It has a distinctly French flavor, an interesting history, a lovely sound and a pretty cool meaning. 

Quick Facts

ON SOLANGE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

French

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

so-LAWNZH

SIMPLE MEANING:

Religious

Characteristics

OF SOLANGE

Independent

Individualistic

Ambitious

Strong-willed

Inventive

Successful

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Solange

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME SOLANGE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Solange

Popular Songs

ON SOLANGE

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Famous People

NAMED SOLANGE

Solange Knowles (singer, sister of Beyoncé Knowles)
Solange Magnano (Argentinean beauty queen)
Solange Michel (French opera singer)
Solange Pierre (human rights advocate)
Solange Wilvert (Brazilian model)

Children of Famous People

NAMED SOLANGE

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME SOLANGE

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