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Gender: M Pronunciation: SHAY-mus Meaning of Seamus: "supplanter" Origin of Seamus: Irish variation of James Seamus's Popularity in 2013: #865

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Parents who have tired of Sean are now contemplating Seamus, the Irish form of James, which has a lot more substance and verve.

One of the name's most famous bearers is the 1995 Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Seamus is also a Harry Potter name--Seamus Finnigan is a half-blood wizard friend of Harry's.

At a time when the police force was predominantly Irish, 'shamus' became a slang term for a detective.

Famous People Named Seamus

Seamus Deane, Irish writer
Seamus Heaney, Irish writer
Seamus McCaffery, American politician

Pop Culture References for the Name Seamus

Seamus Finnigan, character from the "Harry Potter" series
Seamus McTiernen, from film "The Luck of the Irish"

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