What does Salem mean?
Salem \s(a)-lem\ as a boys' name is pronounced SAY-lem. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Salem is "peace". Related to Shalom and Solomon. Biblical: name of the ancient city that later was identified with Jerusalem. In America, the name has been used for many cities and towns including the capital of Oregon and the historic coastal town in Massachusetts, site of the Salem witch trials and setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne's tale, "The House of the Seven Gables".
For more information, see also the related boy name Salim.
Salem is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#5019 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Salem and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Salem (#unlisted) are Solomon (#380 the previous year), Soloman and Sol. Adoption of these boy names reached its apex during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.5003%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.2067%, down 58.7%), with the version Sol becoming less fashionable. Solomon (#380) is the most trendy baby name in this list, and there is also a resurgence in baby name popularity for this name. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)