Shamus name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Shamus mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Shamus

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Ohio, U.S. says the name Shamus means "Private detective".
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  1. Someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

Said to be from the Irish name Séamus, on account of many American police officers being of Irish descent.

  1. (US, slang) A private detective; originally, a policeman or police detective.

shamus was also found in the following language(s): Ido

Notable Persons Named Shamus

Notable Persons Named Shamus

Shamus Culhane

His most notable accomplishments were from 1930 to 1996. Shamus was given the name James H. Culhane on November 12th, 1908 in Ware, Massachusetts, United States. Shamus is also known as James Culhane, Jimmie Culhane, and Jimmy Culhane. He passed away on February 2nd, 1996.

Shamus Khan

Shamus Khan is a sociologist, associate professor, and sociology. Shamus was born in 1978 in New York.

Shamus O’Brien

Shamus O’Brien was a soccer player for the New York Giants (soccer), New York Nationals (ASL), New York Soccer Club, New York Americans (soccer), and Kearny Celtic. Shamus was born on November 29th, 1907 in Neilston. He breathed his last breath on November 28th, 1981.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shamus U.S.
  White 97.55% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shamus

People with the last name Shamus are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Shamus

  • How Popular is the name Shamus? Shamus is the 7,664th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shamus was the 90,495th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shamus have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,733 babies born with the first name Shamus in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shamus to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shamus? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1959 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Shamus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shamus is Saturday, October 18th, 1890.
  • What year had the most people named Shamus born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shamus was in 2007 with a total of 72 babies.
  • Random Shamus Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shamus is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Shamus: The name spelled backwards is Sumahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Uhssam. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shamus? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 204 people with the last name Shamus.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shamus? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shamus as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Shamus name meaning

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