Female, Mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Shulamite

Shulamite is the name of a woman in the Song of Songs (also known as the Song of Solomon) in the Bible because she came from the village of Shunem; her real name is unknown. The Song of Songs is about two unnamed lovers and has some sexually suggestive dialogue within it. The woman is Shulamite, which isn’t a given name so much as an epithet describing someone from a certain place. There have been theories regarding her real identity, one of which is that it refers to Abishag, a young girl who nursed King David when he was an old man.

Shulamite is a variant of Shunamite meaning “from Shunem,” Shunem (or Shulem) being a village or town mentioned a few times in the Bible. The origin of the name is uncertain. it may be derived from Hebrew shalom meaning “peace”, deriving from a Proto-Semitic root; this would make it the feminine form of Solomon. However, according to Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names by K.M. Sheard the name could possibly be related to the name Shulmanitu, the feminine form of Shulmanu (also spelled Shulman) which is the name of the Mesopotamian god of fertility, war and the underworld, whose name is related to Akkadian šulmu meaning “health” and “well-being”. Her theory is that the Song of Songs was adapted from earlier Akkadian and Sumerian love poems though there’s no proof of that.

Origin: uncertain, possibly either Proto-Semitic or Akkadian

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Variants:

  • Shulammite
  • Shulamitt
  • Shulamith
  • Shulamit

 

Male forms:

  • Solomon

 

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