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What does Seamus mean?

Seamus [sea-mus] as a boys' name is pronounced SHAY-mus. It is of Irish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Seamus is "he who supplants".

Variant of James. "Shamus" is sometimes used as an American slang for a private detective. Poet Seamus Heaney.

Associated with: irish, supplants (victory).


Seamus has 3 variants: Seumas, Seumus and Shamus.

Related boy name: Jacob.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Simmus, Slamus, ..

(female) Seamussha, Seamusshay, ..

How popular is Seamus?

Seamus is an unusual first name for men. Seamus is an equally unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)


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

Charted below is the baby name history of Seamus for boys. Seamus entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its apex rank of #735 in the U.S. in the year 2003, and is at #900 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Jacob (#4 in 2014), James (#9) and Shamus are the popular varying forms of Seamus (#900 in 2014). These forms of Seamus reached the peak of their popularity during 1940-1949 (average #1071) and are now significantly less conventional (#728, 69.4% less usage), with the version James becoming less in vogue. James has generally been a favorite of parents, though Jacob is now the top form.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Seamus, Jacob, James, Shamus in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Seamus, Jacob, James outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Aegeus, Aengus, Aeolus, Amatus, Beamus, Bemus, Caius, Celsus, Claus, Comus, Decimus, Dedalus, Deus, Erasmus, Fergus, Festus, Hampus, Hermus, Icarus, Ikarus, Janus, Jesous, Jesus, Kadmus, Lexus, Magus, Manus, Nereus, Remus, Renatus, Sam, Sami, Samm, Sammy, Samuel, Samy, Seabury, Seadya, Seager, Seal, Sealey, Seaman, Seamor, Seamore, Seamour, Sean, Searle, Seasar, Seaton, Selmo, Semmes, Seoras, Septimus, Sergius, Servas, Servatus, Sextus, Seymour, Shamir, Shaque, Shaul, Shaun, Shays, Simms, Siorus, Sirius, Sixtus, Sofus, Sophus, Spears, Stasius, Symms, Syms, Tevarus and Zeus. These names tend to be more frequently used than Seamus.