No, sorry, reminds me of abstinence.
Something about it makes me think of distant shores, chilly water rushing up against gray rock. It's not soothing, but it is compelling.
Absalom is a wonderful name, with biblical and literary associations. However, due to its obscurity, it'd take daring parents to bestow the name upon their child.

If you do choose the name for your son (or pet, or book character), here are some middle name combinations I think suit Absalom well:
Absalom Cyrus
James Absalom
Philip Absalom

A lighter, more "wearable" alternative is the Scandinavian Axel.
True, Absalom killed Amnon because Amnon raped his sister. But we should bear in mind that Absalom waited "two full years" before doing anything about it, and all the while he pretended not to hate Amnon, lulling him into a false sense of security before finally luring Amnon away and having someone else kill him. I'm not saying that murder is ever right, but waiting two years and then getting someone else to do it? That's practically the definition of cold, premeditated murder. Also, once David accepts Absalom back into his sight, Absalom uses deceit to try to usurp the throne.
All this is to say that, despite thinking it's an awesome-sounding name, I don't think I would want to be saddled with it.
Sounds like the name of an extremely wise old man; the Dumbledore or Gandalf of a story. I like it very much as a character name.
Absalom Jones was an 18th African-American abolitionist and clergyman. He was the first African American ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States.
Absalom is the name of the Blue Caterpillar in the movie Alice in Wonderland.
Absalom Kumalo is a character in the novel Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.
This is a Polish version, too.
I like that guy. His brother raped his sister and David didn't do anything about it. So, as a good brother, Absalom killed the guy who had hurt his sister. Then David annoyingly starts to care. That story made me really not like David. Dinah's brothers got to slaughter (yes, my translation uses that word) an entire town without any major reprecussions.
William Faulkner wrote a novel entitled Absalom, Absalom! about a slaveholding family in Mississippi during the late 1800s. Familial relations and racism are central themes.
It is a fallacy that Absalom, the son of David, got his hair caught in a tree. He had long, beautiful hair, it is true, but the Scripture says his "head" was caught in the tree. See II Samuel 18:9. [noted -ed]

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