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Shem / Shemuel

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tummytickler Sat 01-Aug-09 12:56:05

Hi all
After my thread on Graham/Gladys last night i talked to dh further about Shem.
I think it is starting to grow on me.
It is a name in its own right or a shortening of Shemuel.
What is your general opinion on Shem/Shemuel?
Which do you prefer?
Will I have to correct people constantly as it is a little similar to Samuel.
I say the end of the name as more distinct in Shemuel then Samuel (Shem - you -el).
Also we are not Jewish - does this matter - we already have Amos and Eli (alhtough girls names are flowers and jewels).
Stuck for mn aswell as none of our family names fit except maybe Josiah after dh?
Looking forward to some honest opinions as always!

moondog Sat 01-Aug-09 12:57:43

No, it will sound as if you are trying to say Sam or Samuel and are either pissed or have a speech impediment.

weepootle Sat 01-Aug-09 12:58:31

I'm not keen personally, to me it sounds like Sean Connery's pronunciation of Samuel grin.

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Sat 01-Aug-09 13:00:26

you are just saying samuel wong though
people will pity your speeedge impeeedimant

SummerC Sat 01-Aug-09 13:00:42

Like moondog and weepootle said...it sounds like you have a speech impediment and intended to say Samuel. Aside from that, it is just an odd sounding name.

nickschick Sat 01-Aug-09 13:01:18

As mum of a ds called Sam I SAY DONT DO IT!!!

SoupDragon Sat 01-Aug-09 13:02:23

I don't like it at all. My first thought was that you were Jewish.

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Sat 01-Aug-09 13:02:38

I think it's lovely.
Shem or Shemie for short
(I should add as a disclaimer that no one ever likes the names that I think are fabulous)

tummytickler Sat 01-Aug-09 13:03:51

Dammit!
I did wonder if that might be the case.
It is such a nice sounding name?
I will have to think of some alternatives (not Sam/Samuel)

tummytickler Sat 01-Aug-09 13:05:13

Thank you JumpedUpPantryBoy!
Maybe there is hope!

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Sat 01-Aug-09 13:10:18

Tummytickler - I love your other boy names as well. Amos and Eli are lovely.

Tidey Sat 01-Aug-09 13:12:56

Samuel and Sam are gorgeous names, but I suppose they are probably too popular for some people's tastes. Really don't like Shemuel, but Shem's okay.

MollieO Sat 01-Aug-09 13:17:07

Can't make a sensible comment as I can't stop laughing at weepootle's post grin.

mrswoolf Sat 01-Aug-09 13:32:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

tummytickler Sat 01-Aug-09 13:45:36

The original suggestion was to use Shem alone, when i saw th elonger version i thought maybe it would make sense to have a longer name with a nn.
Maybe i should stick to Shem!
Dont want to be 'try-hard' blush

campion Sat 01-Aug-09 13:48:03

Shemuel's just the Hebrew version of Samuel so, really, it's the same name.

I think if you're seriously considering Gladys for a girl then you / he could cope with Shem / Shemuel.

There are loads of ' Jewish' names in circulation and, besides, why would it matter if people thought you were Jewish hmm

MollieO Sat 01-Aug-09 13:48:24

I would worry that Shem is a bit close to sounding like Shep!

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Sat 01-Aug-09 13:49:59

It would matter to me if people thought I was Jewish but only because I'm not

who wants to be thought of as being something they aren't

tummytickler Sat 01-Aug-09 13:50:43

I dont mind if people think we are Jewish at all.
I just think they might think we are weird when they find out we are not! I do realise that it doesn't really metter what they think of course!

tummytickler Sat 01-Aug-09 13:52:15

Sorry - my spelling and typing is shockingly bad today!

edam Sat 01-Aug-09 13:57:33

Wasn't Shem Noah's son, or have I got my Biblical characters wrong? Go and get a Bible and check his life didn't end tragically...

Shem's unusual, easily confused with Sam, but if you can cope with that, fine!

MakkaPakkasWilly Sat 01-Aug-09 14:07:56

I wouldn't, personally, I would think you spoke like sean connery or something and couldn't say Sam.

Like someone with a lisp calling their son Seth.

tummytickler Sat 01-Aug-09 14:15:05

yes, Shem was Noahs son! i dont know his life story though

edam Sat 01-Aug-09 15:23:06

He'd probably end up being a zookeeper, then. smile

franklymydear Sat 01-Aug-09 15:37:42

Well

Shem in hebrew is pronounced as shame phonetically and it kind of means name (but a bit more essential essence

so it would be kind of like naming a dog "Dog" ie don't do it

Shemuel sounds like Schlemiel to me which is old yiddish (I think) and means an idiot or a dolt

ya big schlemeil (particularly known in USA)

don't do it

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