Shem 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 Shem mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Shem

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Nigeria, the name Shem is of Hebrew origin and means "Fame".
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International Interest
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Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Old Testament) eldest son of Noah

From Ancient Greek Σημ (Sēm), from Hebrew שם‎ (Šēm).

  1. (biblical) The oldest son of Noah, brother to Ham and Japheth.
  2. A male given name from Hebrew of biblical origin.

Notable Persons Named Shem

Notable Persons Named Shem


Shem was born as the child of Noah in 1557.

Shem Kororia

Shem was born on September 25th, 1972 in Kaptama. Shem is also known as Shem Korir.

Shem Tov Ben Abraham Ibn Gaon

Shem was born in 1283.

Shem Tov Ibn Shem Tov

Shem was born in 1390. He breathed his last breath in 1440.

Shem Bageine

Shem was born on December 12th, 1960.

Shem Tatupu


Notable Persons With the Last Name Shem

Notable Persons With the Last Name Shem


Shem was born as the child of Noah in 1557.

V Shem Goh

V was given the name Goh Wei Shem on May 20th, 1989 in Kuala Lumpur.

Kevin Shem

Kevin Shem is a soccer player for the Tafea F.C., Vanuatu national under-20 football team, Vanuatu national under-23 football team, and Vanuatu national football team. Kevin was born on December 5th, 1993.

Ochudho Shem

Eliyahu Baal Shem

Eliyahu was born in Kraków.

Willie Shem

Willie Shem is an athlete for the Kossa F.C.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shem U.S.
  White 24.39% 64.26%
  African American 7.93% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 62.80% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.66% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shem

People with the last name Shem are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Shem

  • How Popular is the name Shem? Shem is the 13,891st most popular name of all time. As a last name Shem was the 108,199th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shem have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 678 babies born with the first name Shem in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shem to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shem? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1954 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Shem first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shem is Monday, February 3rd, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Shem born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shem was in 1976 with a total of 23 babies.
  • Random Shem Factoid: According to the 2006 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shem is not a popular baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Utah have the same name in 2006.
  • Weird things about the name Shem: The name spelled backwards is Mehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Smeh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shem? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 164 people with the last name Shem.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shem? Shem is one of the most unique last names recorded.
  • Shem name meaning

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