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Origin and Meaning of Shemaiah

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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 22,700th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Shemaiah have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, 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 Mihhaeas. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Shemaiah born Jun 24, 1981

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Yugoslavia approximately on 1450. Your profession was chemist, alchemist, and poison manufacturer.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.


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