Origin, Meaning, And History Of Shiloh

Shiloh is a gender-neutral name of Hebrew origin. The spiritual name has many deep meanings. These include ‘tranquil’ or ‘peaceful,’ ‘abundance,’ or ‘his gift.’  It also means ‘he whose it is.’ As an ancient Hebrew word, it also translates as ‘that which belongs to him.’ You can find this name in Genesis 49:10. This word occurs 33 times in the Old Testament. However, only a single usage of this name refers to an area of Israel. Here, Jacob, the father of the 12 tribes of Israel, mentions it with regard to the return of the Messiah, meaning Jesus Christ. The name also derives from the Hebrew word ‘shalah,’ which implies ‘to send’ or ‘to appoint.’ Shiloh was also the ancient Israelite city of the Tribe of Ephraim. For over 300 years, it functioned as the spiritual capital of the Hebrew people.

In history, there’s also the Battle of Shiloh which happened in April 1862 during the American Civil War war. There are also many towns in the southern states of the US that are named Shiloh. It was the great engagement of the American Civil War that made the North victorious but also resulted in huge casualties for both sides.

In popular culture, the name appears many times. Shiloh McCullen is a character portrayed by Kathryn Winslow on the 2017 TV show ‘The Fosters.’ Shiloh is also the name of a film & book by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Here Shiloh is the name of a dog. It is also the name of the hit 1999 song by singer Neil Diamond.

This name gained popularity beginning in the 2000s. The name started being increasingly used when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt used it for their child. Another American actor, Tom Berenger has also named one of his children Shiloh.


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Peaceful, tranquil
 S..  So..  Soh..  Saa..  Sae..  Sag..  Sah.. 

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Famous People With The Name Shiloh

  • Shiloh WalkerAmerican novelist known for writing The Hunter
  • Shiloh FernandezAmerican actor known for starring in Deadgirl
  • Shiloh StrongAmerican actor known for playing Zelos Wilder in Tales of Symphonia
  • ShilohIsraeli television host and model
  • Shiloh HogansonCanadian singer and songwriter

Shiloh On The Popularity Chart

Shiloh’s popularity has been rising since the mid 2000s. In 2021, it reached its peak as can be seen in this graph.

Popularity Over Time

The name has gained a lot of fame over time. From just 56 babies per million in 1980, the name’s popularity has risen to 477 babies per million in 2021. The graph below will give more details.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

In 2007, Shiloh’s rank hit its lowest at 21815. It has since recovered slightly and was ranked 18125 in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Shiloh

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Names With Similar Meaning As Shiloh

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