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Meaning and name origin

Shem \shem\ as a boy's 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 not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Shem and related names. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Samson and Samuel. (2015 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

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


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