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Origin and Meaning of Shemaiah

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  • A submission from Australia says the name Shemaiah means "Heard by God" and is of Australian origin.
  • A user from Zambia says the name Shemaiah is of English origin and means "God heard".
  • A submission from Zambia says the name Shemaiah means "God heard" and is of Hebrew origin.
  • According to a user from India, the name Shemaiah is of Arabic origin and means "LEADER".

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From the Biblical Hebrew שְׁמַעְיָה (“[whom] God heard”).

  1. (biblical) One of several people in the Tanakh, and Christian Old Testament:
    1. A prophet in the reign of Rehoboam (1 Kings 12:22-24).
    2. Neh. 3:29.
    3. A Simeonite (1 Chr. 4:37).
    4. A priest (Neh. 12:42).
    5. A Levite (1 Chr. 9:16).
    6. 1 Chr. 9:14; Neh. 11:15.
    7. A Levite in the time of David, who with 200 of his brethren took part in the bringing up of the ark from Obed-edom to Hebron (1 Chr. 15:8).
    8. A Levite (1 Chr. 24:6).
    9. The eldest son of Obed-edom (1 Chr. 26:4-8).
    10. A Levite (2 Chr. 29:14).
    11. A false prophet who hindered the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Neh. 6:10).
    12. A prince of Judah who assisted at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem (Neh. 12:34-36).
    13. A false prophet who opposed Jeremiah (Jer. 29:24-32).
    14. One of the Levites whom Jehoshaphat appointed to teach the law (2 Chr. 17:8).
    15. A Levite appointed to "distribute the oblations of the Lord" (2 Chr. 31:15).
    16. A Levite (2 Chr. 35:9).
    17. The father of Urijah the prophet (Jer. 26:20).
    18. The father of a prince in the reign of Jehoiakim (Jer. 36:12).
    19. A rabbinic sage who was leader of the Pharisees in 1st century BC.

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Fun Facts about the name Shemaiah

  • How Popular is the name Shemaiah? Shemaiah is the 23,046th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Shemaiah have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 270 babies born with the first name Shemaiah in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shemaiah 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 Shemaiah? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1979 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Shemaiah first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shemaiah is Tuesday, January 20th, 1942.
  • What year had the most people named Shemaiah born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shemaiah was in 2004 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Shemaiah: Your name in reverse order is Haiamehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Samiehah. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Shemaiah born Oct 15, 1964

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Turkey approximately on 1225. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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