What does Shem mean?
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.
(male) Saem, Shiaem, ..
(female) Shemma, Shemmi, ..
How popular is Shem?
Shem is a rare given name for men but a somewhat popular surname for all people (#111740 out of 150436, Top 74%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Prominent varying forms of Shem (not in Top 2000) are Samuel (#23 a year ago) and Samson (#628). Adoption of these forms of Shem was widespread a century ago (average #1008) and is somewhat lower today (#325, ▼28.8%). Samson is the most chic name for newborns in this list. Below is a graphed analysis of the history of Shem and affiliated names. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
Recommended names are Adem, Alem, Clem▼, Hem, Jem, Lem▼, Sahel, Salem, Sam▼, Samm, Seb, Shad▼, Shae, Shai, Shan, Shaq, Shaw, Shay, Shea, Shep, Shepp, Shia, Shug, Sim▼, Slim, Sten, Sven, Swen and Syed. These names tend to be more commonly used than Shem.