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Meaning and Name Origin

Shamus \sh(a)-mus\ as a boys' name. Variant of Seamus, the Irish form of James (Hebrew) "he who supplants".

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Jacob.


Shamus has 30 alternative forms via James, Seamus: Diego, Diogo, Giacomo, Hamish, Iago, Jacob, Jacques, Jago, Jagu, Jaime, Jaimey, Jaimie, Jame, Jameson, Jamey, Jamie, Jamison, Jascha, Jayme, Jaymes, Jaymie, Jem, Jemmy, Jim, Jimbo, Jimmie, Jimmy, Seamus, Seumas and Seumus.


Shamus is an uncommon first name for men and also a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Shamus and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Shamus (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Diego (#129 last year), Hamish, Jacob (#4), Jacques, Jaime (#468), Jame, James (#9), Jameson (#159), Jamey, Jamie (#786), Jamison (#440), Jayme, Jim, Jimmie, Jimmy (#523) and Seamus (#900). Usage of these boy names was at its peak during the years 1970-1979 and is now significantly less, with the versions Jacques, Jamey, Jamie, Jim and Jimmie falling out of fashion. The more fashionable baby names here are Diego (#129), Jacob (#4), Jaime (#468), Jameson (#159) and Jamison (#440), with Diego and Jacob undergoing a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Diego, Jacob, Jacques, Jaime, Jame, James, Jameson, Jamey, Jamie, Jamison in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jayme, Jim, Jimmie, Jimmy, Seamus in U.S.

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