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Meaning and Name Origin

Shem \shem\ as a boys' name is pronounced shem. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Shem is "name, fame". Biblical: first named of the three sons of Noah, who according to the Jewish scriptures was one of the three ancestors of the human race after the Great Flood.

For more information, see also related boy names Samson and Samuel.


Shem is a rare given name for men and a unique surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Shem and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Shem (#unlisted) are Samuel (#23 a year ago) and Samson (#628). Adoption of these boy names is at its apex presently. Samson (#628) is the most chic name for newborns in this list, with this name undergoing a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Samson, Samuel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Sam, Samm, Shan, Shea, Shep, Sim and Swen. These names tend to be more commonly used than Shem.