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Quick Facts on Seamus

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 865
Simple meaning:
At the heel; The supplanter

Characteristics of Seamus

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Seamus

Séamus is the Irish form of James. James is ultimately derived from the ancient Hebrew “Yaakov” which gave birth to the name Jacob. Yaakov is most likely derived from the Hebrew word "akev" (meaning "at the heel"). We learn from Genesis 25:26 that Jacob and Esau were the twin children of Isaac and Rebecca. At their birth, Jacob "came out with his hand holding Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob." Hence the name’s etymology. In the story, the Lord tells Rebecca that the younger twin would be stronger, and that the older would serve the younger. As the Biblical story progresses, the cunning Jacob eventually supplants his older brother Esau by stealing his birthright and his father's blessing. "Is he not rightly named Jacob?" Esau asks in Genesis 27:36. "For he has supplanted me these two times." Therefore, the name Jacob is also associated with the verb “to supplant”. The Greek form of the name Jacob (Iakobos) was given to the Latin (Iacomus) which eventually got anglicized to James. After Ireland was Christianized, James became Séamus in the Irish-Gaelic tongue. Sounds strange, but this is how languages mutated over time and geographical space. Historically it was thought that James and Jacob were two distinct names, but most etymologists would now agree James came from Jacob (even though the New Testament features two Disciples of Christ with the name James). The usage of Séamus has generally been restricted to Ireland, but other English speaking countries eventually adopted it as interest in Irish/Gaelic names soared in the later 20th century. All things being equal, however, Seamus is still quite uncommon today.

Popularity of the Name Seamus

Seamus first appeared on the U.S. male naming charts in 1995, so it’s a very new entrant into the American repertoire of boy names. Furthermore, the name has remained at very low levels of usage during its short tenure. This is by no means a popular name in the United States, and is probably used almost exclusively among Irish-Americans. No more than 250 baby boys are named Seamus in any given year. In fact, there are probably more dogs in America named Seamus than Homo sapiens! Still, the name is distinctly Irish and quite charming in our opinion. Perhaps it may be just a little too Irish for some people. Parents in the United States are definitely drawn to Gaelic names, but they lean toward more Americanized renderings like Aiden and Katelyn. Names like Séamus, Sinéad and Siobhan may be just a tad too ethnically Irish for the fickle American palate.
Popularity of the Boy Name Seamus
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Seamus

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Seamus

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Seamus

    Seamus We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Seamus.

  • Popular Songs on Seamus

    Popular Songs on Seamus

    Seamus - a song by Pink Floyd

    You Should Be Ashamed, Seamus - a song by McLusky

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Seamus

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Seamus

    Seamus & Tessa: The World is Just the Beginning (Jim Maher) - Kindle edition. Seamus & Tessa are ordinary kids on an ordinary summer trip to ordinary Grandma's house. One quick stop for gas later and the pair are whisked to the top of the world by a mysterious man dressed all in black. A story for all ages, an adventure for boys and girls alike, Seamus & Tessa will keep you glued to your seat! Recommended for ages 12+

    Seamus and the Leprechaun Trilogy (Shannon Glenn) - The Complete Seamus and the Leprechaun Trilogy collects all three tales chronicling the adventures of Seamus and his leprechaun friend. Book One: The Wishing Well is a timeless children’s story set in mythical Ireland amidst a crumbling cottage and magical woods filled with faeries. Seamus O’Callaghan receives a used shovel for his eighth birthday and offers to dig a wishing well for his impoverished mother to change their fortunes. His quest for a penny leads him on an incredible adventure into the realm of faeries and leprechauns. His fierce determination, self-reliance, and a belief that your destiny is what you make it, make Seamus a strong, memorable character. An endearing tale; well-paced, and full of adventure. Book Two: A Leprechaun's Tale; the second book in the trilogy, is a dark comedy. When Seamus asks the leprechaun why the brownies hate him, the leprechaun weaves a fantastic tale full of evil ogres, greed, and deceit; freely adapted from Hans Christian Anderson's classic: Little Claus, Big Claus. Book Three: The Pirate King is the third and final book in the Seamus and the Leprechaun series. The leprechaun grants Seamus his greatest wish; sending him on a journey filled with pirates, danger, and sacrifice. Available on Kindle.

    Seámus (Phil R Hadley) - Kindle edition. Seámus is a leprechaun living in the wild forests of Ireland. Despite having a wonderful life with a beautiful home and all the animal friends he could wish for, he desperately wants to fit in with humans. But when he travels to the nearby town, will he be accepted, or are some prejudices too much to bear? A perfect read for children wanting to look at how people react to new faces with unusual stories, whilst exploring a life of magic and wonder for one of the world’s most loved mythical beings. Recommended for ages 4-6.

    The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie (James Beverly) - This is a story about a real dog. The adventures in this book are based on actual events in his life, but with some embellishments. Seamus, a Shetland Sheepdog, is an incredibly intelligent dog who can understand about 65 human words. To make the Seamus stories more fun to read, the author added a language for the dog that was derived from the canine physical makeup, the intelligence and language of a young child, and a large dose of humorous imagination. Seamus brings a new and entertaining context to life lessons that make them fresh and engaging for the readers of all ages. Humor is a key ingredient, and a happy ending to each story underscores the important moral or basic value relevant to each story in this book, setting the stage for wonderful discussions with a child. Recommended for ages 5+

  • Famous People Named Seamus

    Famous People Named Seamus

    Famous People Named Seamus - Seamus Dever (actor); Seamus Heaney (Irish poet/Nobel-prize winner); Séamus Coleman (soccer player); Seamus Mullen (restaurateur and author)

  • Children of Famous People Named Seamus

    Children of Famous People Named Seamus

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Seamus - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Seamus.

  • Historic Figures

    Seamus - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Seamus - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Seamus.

Personality of the Boy Name Seamus

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Seamus

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