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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Sham mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Sham

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  • A user from Canada says the name Sham is of Arabic origin and means "Modern-day Levon area in the middle east and often used to describe the city of Damascus, Syria. In this context, the name is given to a girl".
  • A submission from Turkey says the name Sham means "The arabic name of Damascus city" and is of Arabic origin.
  • A submission from Mississippi, United States says the name Sham means "Fighter" and is of Unknown origin.
  • According to a user from India, the name Sham is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Love".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sham
  1. That which deceives expectation; any trick, fraud, or device that deludes and disappoints; a make-believe; delusion; imposture; humbug."A mere sham." [Bp. Stillingfleet.]"Believe who will the solemn sham, not I." [Addison.]
  2. A false front, or removable ornamental covering.

Etymology: Originally the same word as shame, hence, a disgrace, a trick. See Shame (n.)

adjective Sham
False; counterfeit; pretended; feigned; unreal; as, a sham fight.
verb Sham
  1. To trick; to cheat; to deceive or delude with false pretenses."Fooled and shammed into a conviction." [L'Estrange.]
  2. To obtrude by fraud or imposition.(R)"We must have a care that we do not . . . sham fallacies upon the world for current reason." [L'Estrange.]
  3. To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign.
verb Sham
To make false pretenses; to deceive; to feign; to impose.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
  2. A person who makes deceitful pretenses
  3. Make believe with the intent to deceive ("He shammed a headache")
  4. Make a pretence of
  5. Adopted in order to deceive ("sham modesty")

Probably a dialectal form of shame.

  1. A fake; an imitation that purports to be genuine.
    The time-share deal was a .
  2. Trickery, hoaxing.
    A con-man must be skilled in the arts of and deceit.
  3. A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
  4. A decorative cover for a pillow.

sham was also found in the following language(s): Uzbek

Notable Persons Named Sham

They have been prominent since 2012. Sham was given the name Ehtesham Idrees on October 16th, 1988 in London.


Sham was born in 1912. He breathed his last breath in 2007.


She holds the title Miss Earth China 2014 and Miss Earth China. Sham was born on June 22nd, 1994 in Hong Kong. Sham is also known as Shirley Sham.


He breathed his last breath in 1846.


Sham Kwok Keung is a soccer player for the Kitchee SC, Happy Valley AA, Shatin SA, Citizen AA, Hong Kong Pegasus FC, Hong Kong national under-23 football team, and Hong Kong national football team. Sham was born on September 10th, 1985 in Hong Kong, China. Sham is also known as 沈國強 (Chinese).


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sham

Sam was born on March 6th, 1937 in Dallas. Sam is also known as Domingo Samudio (birth name).


Brad was born on August 16th, 1949.


Lu Jeu Sham is a in the field of physics. Lu was born on April 28th, 1938 in British Hong Kong.


Aristo was born on March 12th, 1996.


Mohd Amirul Syafieq Muhd Isa Sham is a sports team member for the Selangor FA.


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Popularity of Sham as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sham U.S.
  White 20.95% 64.26%
  African American 2.08% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 69.39% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.24% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sham

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

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Fun Facts about the name Sham

  • How Popular is the name Sham? Sham is the 31,651st most popular name of all time. As a last name Sham was the 33,810th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sham have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 141 babies born with the first name Sham in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sham to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sham? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1972 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Sham first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sham is Monday, December 1st, 1890.
  • What year had the most people named Sham born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sham was in 2017 with a total of 21 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Sham: Your name in reverse order is Mahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ahms. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sham? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 673 people with the last name Sham.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sham? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sham as their last name since less than 1 person in 435k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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