What does Salem mean?
Salem [salem] 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.
(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)
Shown below is the birth name history of Salem for boys. Salem was first listed in 2009 and reached its apex rank of #1282 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with similar and related boy names. Below is a graphed study of the statistics of Salem and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Salem (#1282 from current records) are Solomon (#376 from current records), Shalom (#1756), Salomon and Sol. Other variants, like Salomo, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Salem was common during 1910-1919 (median #1316) and is almost as conventional today (#1482, 21.8% less usage), but with the version Sol falling out of fashion. Solomon is the most trendy baby name in this list.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.