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Sharon ( he|שָׁרוֹן ''Šārôn'' "plain") is a given name as well as an Israeli surname. In English-speaking areas, Sharon is now predominantly a feminine given name. However, historically it was also used as a masculine given name. In Israel, it is used both as a masculine and a feminine given name.

Etymology

The Hebrew word simply means "plain", but in the Hebrew Bible, is the name specifically given to the fertile plain between the Samarian Hills and the coast, known (tautologically) as Sharon plain in English. The phrase "rose of Sharon" (חבצלת השרון ''ḥăḇaṣṣeleṯ ha-sharon'') occurs in the KJV translation of the Song of Solomon ("I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley"), and has since been used in reference to a number of flowering plants. Unlike other unisex names that have come to be used almost exclusively as feminine (e.g. Evelyn), ''Sharon'' was never predominantly a masculine name. Usage before 1925 is very rare and was apparently inspired either from the Biblical toponym or one of the numerous places in the United States named after the Biblical plain.

Usage history

Use as a feminine name began in the early 20th century, first entering the statistics of the 1,000 most popularly given names in the United States in 1925. Its inspiration was possibly the heroine of the serial novel ''The Skyrocket'' by Adela Rogers St. Johns, published in 1925 and made into a romantic drama film starring Peggy Hopkins Joyce in 1926. The name's popularity took a steep increase only in the mid-1930s, however, and peaked during the 1940s, remaining a top 10 name for most of the decade. The variant ''Sharron'' is on record during the 1930s to 1970s, with a peak popularity in the US in 1943. The more eccentric spelling ''Sharyn'' was popular only for a brief time in the 1940s, peaking in 1945. The name's popularity has steadily declined since the 1940s (except for a slight rise in the late 1950s), falling out of the top 100 after 1977, and out of the top 500 after 2001. In the United Kingdom, its popularity peaked during the 1960s. It was the 10th most popular female name by 1964 and was still as high as 17th in 1974 (when it was at rank 70 in the US), but a sharp decline in popularity followed and since the 1980s it has not featured in the top 100. While appearing on the BBC's Celebrity Mastermind, contestant Amanda Henderson was asked to name the Swedish teenage climate activist who wrote a book titled ''No One's Too Small to Make a Difference''. Henderson answered "Sharon." Following the broadcast, climate activist Greta Thunberg (the correct response to the question) changed her name to Sharon on her Twitter bio (which remained there for the day: 3 January 2020).

People with the given name



Feminine given name

*Sharon Aarons (born 1961), Australian soil scientist *Sharon Beasley-Teague (born 1952), American politician *Sharon Bruneau (born 1964), Canadian female bodybuilder and fitness competitor *Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush (born 1952), American TV personality *Sharon Campbell, British diplomat *Sharon Case (born 1971), American actress *Sharon Cohen (born 1972), more commonly known as Dana International, an Israeli pop singer *Sharon Corr (born 1970), Irish musician and member of The Corrs *Sharon Claydon (born 1964), Australian politician *Sharon Creech (born 1945), author of children's books ''Walk Two Moons'' and ''Ruby Holler'' *Sharon Cuneta (born 1966), Filipina actress and host of the ''Sharon'' talk show *Sharron Davies (born 1962), British swimmer *Sharon den Adel (born 1974), co-founder of and singer for Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation *Sharon Dijksma (born 1971), Dutch politician *Sharon Doorson (born 1987), Dutch singer *Sharon Epperson (born 1968), CNBC correspondent *Sharon Fichman (born 1990), Canadian/Israeli tennis player *Sharon Gibson (born 1961), English javelin thrower *Sharon Hampson (born 1943), Canadian singer *Sharon Hanson (born 1965), American heptathlete *Sharon Hodgson (born 1966), British politician *Sharon Horgan (born 1970), Irish comedy writer *Sharon Jaklofsky (born 1968), Australian-Dutch athlete *Sharon Jordan (born 1960), American film and television actress *Sharon Kips (born 1983), Dutch singer *Sharon Lawrence (born 1961), American television actress *Sharon Leal (born 1972), American actress and director *Sharon Lee (writer) (born 1952), American novelist *Sharon G. Lee (born 1952), American judge *Sharon Lohr, American statistician *Sharon Maguire (born 1960), British film director *Sharron McClellan (born 1963), American action-adventure author *Sharon Lee (disambiguation) *Sharon Lee Myers (born 1941), stage name Jackie DeShannon, American singer *Sharon Needles (born 1981), American drag queen and winner of Rupauls Drag Race season 4 *Sharon Nesmith (born 1969/70), Brigadier of the British Army *Sharon Osbourne (born 1952), English music promoter and TV personality, wife and manager of Ozzy Osbourne *Sharon Que (born 1960), American artist *Sharon Quirk-Silva (born 1962), American politician *Sharon Redd (born 1945), American singer *Sharon Rendle (born 1966), British judoka *Sharon Shannon (born 1968), Irish musician *Sharon Shapiro, American gymnast *Sharon Alaina Stephen (born 1987), Malaysian actress *Sharon Stone (born 1958), American actress, model and producer *Sharon Tate (1943–1969), American actress *Sharon Tyler Herbst (1942–2007), American chef and author *Sharon Tyler, American politician *Sharon Van Etten (born 1981), American singer-songwriter *Sharon Waxman (born c.1963), American journalist *Sharon Weston Broome (born 1956), American politician *Sharon Witherspoon, British statistician *Sharon White (born 1967), British businesswoman and civil servant *Sharon Zukin (born 1946), American academic *Sharon Zukowski (1954/55–2015), American mystery novelist


Masculine given name


* Sharon Turner (1768–1847), English historian * Sharon Tyndale (1816–1871), American politician * Sharon Rotbard (born 1959), Israeli architect publisher and author * Sharon Drucker (born 1967), Israeli professional basketball coach * Sharon Shason (born 1979), retired Israeli basketball player * Sharon Afek (born 1970), Israeli general * Sharon Yaari (born 1966), Israeli photographer * Sharon Yaish, Israeli film director

People with the surname

Sharon was adopted as a surname by Zionist emigrants in the context of the Hebrew revival in the early 20th century, and has since become a heritable Israeli surname. * Arieh Sharon (born Ludwig Kurzmann, 1900–1984), Israeli architect * Ariel Sharon (born Ariel Scheinermann, 1928–2014), Israeli Prime Minister. Scheinermann was given the surname Sharon by David Ben-Gurion in c. 1948.Freedland, Jonathan (January 3, 2014)
"Ariel Sharon's final mission might well have been peace"
The Guardian. ("his name was given to him by Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion – turning the young Scheinerman into Sharon")
* Avraham Sharon (born Abraham Schwadron, 1878–1957), Israeli intellectual * Moshe Sharon (born 1937), Israeli scholar of Islamic history and civilization, author i.a. of the ''Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae'', a work in progress planned to contain all ancient Arabic inscriptions found in the Holy Land * Omri Sharon (born 1964), Israeli politician, son of the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon *Revital Sharon (born 1970), Israeli Olympic artistic gymnast * Yuval Sharon, American stage director * Carma Sharon, Australian actress, director and producer

Pseudonym

* Deke Sharon, stage name of Kurk Richard Toohey (born 1967), American singer, musician, producer

Fictional characters

*Sharon (シャロン), a character from the ''Street Fighter EX'' series *Sharon Carter, a Marvel Comics character *Sharon Collins Newman, a character in the daytime soap opera ''The Young and The Restless'' *Sharon Cooper, a character in the 1982 musical film ''Grease 2'' *Sharon (Doctor Who), a Doctor Who magazine character *Sharon Jellinsky, a minor character in the film Addams Family Values *Sharon Kaneko, supporting character in anime and manga series Space Brothers (manga) *Sharon Kaur, a character played by Jez Dhillon in the British web series ''Corner Shop Show'' *Sharon Marsh, a character on ''South Park'' *Sharon Potter, a character from the American TV sitcom ''Get a Life'' *Sharon Rainworth, a character in the manga and anime series Pandora Hearts *Sharon Rickman, a character from the popular British soap opera ''EastEnders'' *Sharon Strzelecki, a character from ''Kath & Kim'' *Sharon Esther Spitz, the protagonist of the 2D animated show ''Braceface'' *Sharon Valerii, a character from ''Battlestar Galactica'' *Rose of Sharon Joad Rivers, a character from ''The Grapes of Wrath'' *Sharon Rai Prakash, a character from the Indian seris ''Dil Dosti Dance'' *Sharon Watts, a character from British soap opera ''EastEnders'', played by Letitia Dean

Place-names

*Sharon, Ontario, Canada *Sharon, Connecticut *Sharonville, Ohio *Sharon, Pennsylvania *Sharon Springs, New York *Sharon Springs, Kansas *Sharon, Massachusetts *Sharon, New Jersey *Sharon, Vermont *Sharon, South Carolina *Sharon, Georgia *Sharon, North Dakota *Sharon, Queensland, Australia

See also

*Sherin Mathews (2014–2017), Indian American toddler who was found dead in a culvert *Shirin (disambiguation)

References

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