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.
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)