National Sharon Day is celebrated annually on March 7. Sharon is a female given name of Hebrew origin that means “Of the Fertile Plain.” While Sharon is a Hebrew term meaning ‘plain,’ it also refers to the area between the Samarian Hills and Israel’s shoreline. The line “I am the rose of Sharon” appears in the King James Bible translation of Song of Solomon, which has led to many blooming plants with the same name. Sharon is currently mostly a feminine given name in English-speaking nations. Historically, though, it was also used as a masculine given name. In Israel, it is used as both a male and feminine given name.
History of National Sharon Day
The name Sharon use as a feminine name began in the early twentieth century, with the name first appearing in the top 1,000 most widely given names in the U.S. in 1925. It was perhaps inspired by the protagonist of Adela Rogers St. Johns’ serial novel “The Skyrocket,” published in 1925 and adapted into a romantic drama film starring Peggy Hopkins Joyce in 1926. Not only that, several blooming plants are known as “Rose of Sharon,” most notably the magnificent yellow blooms of the genus Hypericum or the exquisite pinkish Hibiscus. Sharon started as a unisex name in the eighteenth century but became entirely feminine by the twentieth century.
However, the name’s popularity skyrocketed only in the mid-1930s and peaked throughout the 1940s, staying a top 10 name for most of the decade. Sharron was popular in the U.S. from the 1930s until the 1970s, with peak popularity in 1943. ‘Sharyn,’ a more unusual spelling, was popular for a brief while in the 1940s, peaking in 1945.
Since the 1940s, the name’s popularity has slowly declined, dropping out of the top 100 after 1977 and out of the top 500 after 2001. Its popularity peaked in the U.K. throughout the 1960s. It was the tenth most common female name by 1964 and remained as high as seventeenth in 1974 (while it was ranked seventieth in the U.S.), but a steep decrease in popularity followed, and it has not been in the top 100 since the 1980s. In most other English-speaking nations, including England and Wales, Australia, and New Zealand, the name was most popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Sharon’s popularity in Canada was comparable to that of the U.S., peaking at number five in 1943 and 1944.
National Sharon Day timeline
Sharon Kam — a classical clarinetist from Israel — wins the A.R.D. International Music Competition.
Sharon Stone receives the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in Casino as Ginger McKenna.
Sharon Creech — a children's novelist from the U.S. — is the first American to win the Carnegie Medal for British children's literature.
Sharon Lafaye Jones — a soul and funk singer from Brooklyn, New York — receives a Grammy nomination.
National Sharon Day FAQs
Does Sharon stand for Princess?
Meaning in Hebrew: Sharon is a Hebrew girl’s name. Sharon means “princess” in Hebrew.
Why is it known as the Rose of Sharon?
The Rose of Sharon is a biblical emblem of beauty, and it is used to depict the beauty of King Solomon’s beloved in the book of Song of Solomon.
What is another name for Rose of Sharon?
Rose of Sharon, also known as shrub althaea, is a shrub or small tree of the hibiscus or mallow family (Malvaceae), native to eastern Asia, but frequently cultivated as an ornamental for its colorful blooms.
National Sharon Day Activities
Throw a party
People enjoy having fun! At least, some of them do. For the rest of us, parties, like events, elicit a range of emotions, both positive and negative.
Celebrate your name, like a birthday
It is an annual event that commemorates a person's naming and is used to determine his or her age. On their name day, people get gifts from friends and relatives all across the world.
Tell the story to your friend
Your name is your identity; it is how you are identified and what you respond to. Sharing this type of identification with a buddy can lead to a pleasant and interesting conversation.
5 Fun Facts About Sharon
When it first appeared
Sharon first debuted on the American female naming lists in 1925.
Top 100 favorite name
Sharon was a Top 100 popular girl's name in America within 10 years (by 1935).
It keeps on becoming more popular
Sharon's popularity peaked between 1943 and 1949 when the name was consistently among the Top 10.
One million people in the U.S.
Sharon is a name given to 1,036,573 persons in the U.S.
The Nobel Prize for Literature
The Character Rose of Sharon in John Steinbeck's novel won multiple literary awards and earned the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Why We Love National Sharon Day
It has spiritual intensity
The name Sharon has a spiritual intensity that may sting or enchant. Your name attracts money and brings love into your life.
Success in business
You are the developer and promoter of creative ideas in business. As a Sharon, you frequently experience significant financial success.
You are either brave or independent
You are brave, independent, curious, and research-oriented. You understand why you desire what you want.
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