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Salem is a unisex baby name of Arabic and Hebrew origin that means “complete, safe, peaceful”. Salem is a masculine Arabic name that has become popular in the US as a unisex name. Salem has been in the top 1000 baby names list for both girls and boys since 2019.

Meaning of the name Salem:

Arabic: safe
Hebrew: complete, safe, peaceful

Origin of the name Salem:

Salem is an Arabic and Hebrew name that means “complete, safe, peaceful”. Salem is an alternate transcription of the Arabic name Salim.

Symbolism of the name Salem:

Salem is the name of the Massachusetts city that is infamous for the Salem Witch Trials.

Style of the name Salem:

traditional

Gender of the name Salem:

Salem is a unisex baby name given to both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Salem:

SA-leem (Arabic), SAY-ləm (English)

Number of syllables in the name Salem:

two

Emotion evoked from the name Salem:

Salem evokes feelings of protection and security.

Alternative spellings for the name Salem:

Salim, Saleem

Nicknames for the name Salem:

  • Sal
  • Sali
  • Lem
  • Lemy

Popularity of the name Salem:

According to the Social Security Administration, Salem is a popular unisex baby name. As a girl’s name, Salem has been in the top 1000 baby names list since 2019. It peaked at #607 in 2020. As a boy’s name, Salem has been in the top 1000 baby names list since 2019. It peaked at #807 in 2020.

Related names for the name Salem:

  • Salim
  • Sally
  • Silas 
  • Sina
  • Salk
  • Sable
  • Soleil

Great middle names for the name Salem and their meanings:

Boys:

  • Caspian (white)
  • Torin (chief)
  • Remus (oar)
  • Noel (Christmas)
  • Percival (one who pierces the valley)
  • Mordecai (follower of Marduk)
  • Peregrine (traveler, pilgrim)
  • Darcy (from Arcy)

Girls:

  • Cecily (blind)
  • Arden (valley of the eagle, high)
  • Chiara (light, clear)
  • Amaryllis (to sparkle)
  • Verity (truth)
  • Xanthe (golden, yellow)
  • Cressida (gold)
  • Amabel (lovable)

Famous people with the name Salem:

  • Salem Ilese (American singer)
  • Salem Al Fakir (Swedish musician)
  • Salem Mitchell (American model)
  • Salem Chaker (Algerian Berberologist)
  • Salem Chalabi (Iraqi-American lawyer)

Salem in popular culture:

  • Salem Saberhagen (comics, “Archie”)
  • Salem (television, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”)
  • Salem (television, “RWBY”)
  • Elliot Salem (video games, “Army of Two” series)
  • Salem (video games, “Fire Emblem Heroes”)