HeartSAIL-em or sah-LEM
Biblical place-name or Arabic

Salem Origin and Meaning

The name Salem is a boy's name meaning "safe".
Salem is a Biblical place name in Canaan, believed to be the same as Jerusalem, as well as the Massachusetts town famous for its late 17th century witch trials. Salem is also a popular first name in its own right throughout the Arabic world.

In the US, about 400 babies of both genders were named Salem last year, but it's difficult to say how many of those were given the Biblical place-name and how many the Arabic version of the name. About 40 percent of the Salems were boys, with a significant number of baby boys given an alternate spelling of the Arabic name, Salim.

One negative association of the name, the menthol cigarette, went out of business in 2019
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Salem in Pop Culture

  • Salemanother name for Jerusalem (Ps. 76:2)
  • SalemOregon
  • SalemMassachusetts, location of infamous Salem witch trials
  • Salem Saberhagenthe cat on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"
  • Salemcigarette brand