Meaning and name origin
Salem \s(a)-lem\ as a boy's 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 not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6422 out of 88799, Top 7%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Salem and related names. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Solomon (#380). (2014 statistics).