Shem - Meaning of Shem
[ 1 syll. (s)hem, sh-em ] The baby boy name Shem is pronounced in English as -SHEHM †. Shem is of Hebrew origin, and it is predominantly used in the English, Yiddish, and Hebrew languages. It is a biblical name derived literally from the word shem which means 'name, renown'. The name was borne by the eldest son of Noah in the Bible.
In addition, Shem is an English and Yiddish contraction of Samuel (English, French, German, and Hebrew).
A variant transcription of Shem is Sem (Dutch and German).
Shem is an unusual baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names. In 2018, among the group of boy names directly linked to Shem, Samuel was the most frequently used.
† Pronunciation for Shem: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)"