🔼The name Salome: Summary
- From the verb שלם (shalem), to be or make whole or complete.
🔼The name Salome in the Bible
The Bible doesn't mention it but from the Jewish Roman historian Josephus we know that Salome was also the name of the daughter of Herodias (granddaughter of Herod the Great) and the mother of Bernice, Drusilla and Agrippa the Second. Her existence is mentioned in Matthew 14:6 and Mark 6:22; this Salome famously asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter.
Tradition has always deemed it a grim coincidence that these two characters would have the same name, and the notion that the murderous Salome of Herod could end up amidst the Mary's at the cross of Christ has always been unilaterally rejected. Here at Abarim Publications we think otherwise, but read our lengthy article on the name Mary for the details.
🔼Etymology of the name Salome
We only have the Greek version of this name so we don't exactly know how it's spelled in Hebrew. But it's pretty safe to assume that the name Salome comes from the Hebrew verb שלם (shalem) meaning to be complete, sound, and the familiar noun שלום (shalom), meaning peace:
The verb שלם (shalem) means to be or make whole or complete, and is also used to describe a righteous recompense or proper restitution (whether positive or not). The familiar noun שלום (shalom) means wholeness, completeness or peace.
Other derivatives are: noun שלם (shelem), peace offering; verb שלם (shalam), to be in a covenant of peace; adjective שלם (shalem), perfect, whole, complete, safe; noun שלם (shillem), recompense; nouns שלמן (shalmon), שלום (shillum), שלם (shillum) and שלמה (shilluma), reward or proper recompense.
The name Salome means Peace.