Meaning and Origin of: Salmon

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Peaceful

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English and French : from the Middle English, Old French personal name Salmon, Saumon, a reduced form of Salomon (see Solomon).
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from the Yiddish male personal name Zalmen, derived via a German form from Hebrew Shelomo (see Solomon).
  • Irish : part translation of Gaelic Ó Bradáin ‘descendant of Bradán’, a personal name, probably from bradach ‘spirited’, but written the same as a word meaning ‘salmon’; this name is also sometimes translated Fisher. The English surname is also present in Ireland (chiefly in counties Leix and Kilkenny).