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.
VariationsKreatif forms: Sashem, Shembi, Shemsa. [more]
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 1000) are Samuel (#23 a year ago) and Samson (#628). Adoption of these forms of Shem was widespread presently (average #325). Samson is the most chic name for newborns in this list, and there is also a rebound in baby name usage for this name. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Shem and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Shem is pronounced similarly to Chayim. Other recommended similar baby names are Sam▼, Sami, Samm, Sammy▼, Samy, Sean▲, Shaan, Shan, Shane▲, Shani, Shann, Shaun▼, Shawn▲, Shayn, Shea▼, Shep, Shonn, Sim▼, Sima, Sion, Sohan, Swen and Syon. These names tend to be more commonly used than Shem.