• 627 Shem
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627
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since 1880
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164
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shem

"Shem" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Name: renown. In the bible Shem was firstnamed of Noah's three sons". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. (Old Testament) eldest son of Noah
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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 of biblical origin.

Notable Persons Named Shem

Shem was born as the child of Noah in 1557.

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

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Shem was born in 1283.

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

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Shem was born on December 12th, 1960.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Shem

Shem was born as the child of Noah in 1557.

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

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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.

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Eliyahu was born in Kraków.

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

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How popular is the baby name Shem in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1954 5 0 5
1960 6 0 6
1965 6 0 6
1966 7 0 7
1968 9 0 9
1969 8 0 8
1970 13 5 8
1971 9 0 9
1972 17 0 17
1973 16 0 16
1974 12 0 12
1975 13 0 13
1976 23 0 23
1977 21 0 21
1978 23 0 23
1979 14 0 14
1980 10 0 10
1981 18 0 18
1982 17 0 17
1983 15 0 15
1984 10 0 10
1985 8 0 8
1986 10 0 10
1987 14 0 14
1988 14 0 14
1989 6 0 6
1990 12 0 12
1991 16 0 16
1992 13 0 13
1993 10 0 10
1994 9 0 9
1995 13 0 13
1996 8 0 8
1997 6 0 6
1998 11 0 11
1999 12 0 12
2000 14 0 14
2001 6 0 6
2002 10 0 10
2003 11 0 11
2004 12 0 12
2005 15 0 15
2006 14 0 14
2007 13 0 13
2008 8 0 8
2009 10 0 10
2010 7 0 7
2011 7 0 7
2012 7 0 7
2013 16 0 16
2014 16 0 16
2015 17 0 17
2016 10 0 10

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Popularity of Shem as a last name

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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

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Fun Facts about the name Shem

  • How Popular is the name Shem? Shem is the 13,924th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 627 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 1978 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shem is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1978.
  • Weird things about the name Shem: Your name in reverse order is Mehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ehsm. 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.

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  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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