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What does Shem mean?

Shem Pronunciation of 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.

Related boy names: Samson and Samuel.

Associated with: fame, great.


Creative forms:
(male) Saem, Shiaem, ..

(female) Shemma, Shemmi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shem Demetrius (S.D.), ..

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)

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Shem (not in Top 2000) are Samuel (#23 a year ago) and Samson (#622). Adoption of these forms of Shem was widespread a century ago (average #1008) and is somewhat lower today (#322, 29.5%). Samson is the most chic name for newborns in this list. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Samson, Samuel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.

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