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What does Salem mean?

Salem Pronunciation of Salem as a boys' name is pronounced SAY-lem. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Salem is "peace". Related to Shalom and Solomon. Biblical: name of the ancient city that later was identified with Jerusalem. In America, the name has been used for many cities and towns including the capital of Oregon and the historic coastal town in Massachusetts, site of the Salem witch trials and setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne's tale, "The House of the Seven Gables". Also form of Salim.


ASSOCIATED WITH peace, biblical, ancient (old), tale (literary), house


RELATED FORMS VIA SHALOM, SOLOMON Salmon, Salomo, Salomon, Sholom, Sol

(male) Saalem, ..

(female) Sale, ..

Salem Abram (S.A.), ..

How popular is Salem?

Salem is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#5019 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Salem was first listed in 2009 and reached its apex rank of #1149 in the U.S. in the year 2017, and is at #1205 currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Salem name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Salem (#1205 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) are Solomon (#388), Sol (#1708), Salomon and Shalom. Other variants, like Salomo, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Salem was common during 1910-1919 (MEDIAN #1316) and is almost as conventional today (#1460, 19.1% LESS USAGE), but with the version Sol falling out of fashion. Solomon is the most trendy baby name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Salem, Salomon, Shalom, Sol, Solomon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Salem and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Salem is alike in pronunciation to Saleem and Selim. Other recommended sound-alike names are Alem, Clem, Hallem, Naeem, Saber, Sable, Sadler, Saeed, Sage, Sahel, Sal, Sam, Samm, Saxe, Saxen, Sayer, Sealey, Shem and Slim. These names tend to be more commonly used than Salem.

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