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Boy Name: Shem

Name: Shem
Pronunciation: \shem\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: name, fame
Origin: Hebrew
Related Names: Samson, Samuel
Sounds Like: Chaim, Chayim
Similar Names: Shea, Shep


Shem \shem\ as a boy's 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.

For more information, see also related names Samson and Samuel.

Baby names that sound like Shem are Chaim and Chayim. Other similar baby names are Shea and Shep.

View a list of the 4 names that reference Shem.


Shem is not a popular first name for men and an equally uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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