This name derives from the Hebrew place name “Shârôn > Sharon", meaning “a plain, forest” (referring to a fertile plain near the coast of Israel). 1) The district lying between the mountains of central Palestine and the Mediterranean Sea and north of Joppa. 2) A district on the east of the Jordan around Gilead and Bashan. Sharon is one of many names that could formerly be applied to males (as in the 19th-century historian Sharon Turner), but is now nearly always used of females (cf. Vivian, Ashley, Beverly). It began being used as a female name sometime in the early part of the 20th century, first being listed as one of the 1000 most popular names for females born in the United States in 1925. In the United Kingdom its popularity peaked during the 1960s.