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What does Salem mean?

Salem /sa-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".

Affiliated boy name: Salim.

Associated with: peace, biblical, ancient, tale (literary), house


Salem has 5 related forms via Shalom, Solomon: Salmon, Salomo, Salomon, Sholom and Sol.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Saalem, Sillem, ..

(female) Sale, Salemma, ..

How popular is Salem?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Salem for boys. Salem was first listed in 2009 and reached its apex rank of #1503 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Salem name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Salem outside U.S.

Below is a graphed comparison of the statistics of Salem and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Salem (#1503 from current records) are Solomon (#380 from current records), Sol, Shalom and Salomon. Other variants, like Salomo, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Salem was common during 1910-1919 (median #1316) and is somewhat less today, with the version Sol falling out of fashion. Solomon is the most trendy baby name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Salem, Salomon, Shalom, Sol, Solomon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Salem and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Salem is alike in pronunciation to Saleem and Selim. Other recommended names are Alem, Clem, Hallem, Naeem, Saber, Sable, Sadler, Saeed, Sage, Sahel, Sal, Sam, Samm, Saxe, Saxen, Sayer, Sealey, Shem and Slim. These names tend to be more commonly used than Salem.