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Shem /shem/ [1 syll.] 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.

Related boy names: Samson and Samuel.


Kreatif forms: Shemia, Shemmi, Shemmo. [more]

pinHow 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 boy names is at its apex presently (usage of 0.6745%). Samson (#628) 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)

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

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

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