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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.
Shem is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
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