Origin: Hebrew
26 famous people named Semen found on Wikipedia.
Used in: Russian, Ukrainian


Semen /ʂemen/ or Xemen /ʃemen/ is a medieval Basque given name of the Vasconic area. It is based on the Basque root seme < senbe 'son' as found in the ancient Aquitanian name Sembetten, attested form "sehi" as 'child', hypothetical ancient root *seni (cf. Koldo Mitxelena and modern form "senide" = 'brother or sister', 'relative'). The explanation by the Biblical name Šim’ōn (Simon) is less convincing.
Someone named "Seguin" was attested in Frankish chronicles when referring to the Count of Bordeaux and Duke of Vasconia (778, 814 and 816). The name is also recorded as Sihiminus, perhaps a misspelling of Ximinus, may have been a local Basque whose family later fled south over the Pyrenees and helped Enneco Arista take over in Pamplona.
Another character is identified in 778 as "Jimeno, the strong", from Arab sources in Al-Andalus, where it calls him "Mothmin al-Akra", a Basque or Hispanic magnate in the upper Ebro territories within the later independent principality of Navarre. This person was possibly related to others near Pamplona in local opposition to both the invading Franks under Charlemagne and the new ruler of the Islamic Iberian realm, Abd al-Rahman I.
Some think the name may be a corruption of the later part of the Latin name Ma-ximinus, as there is late Classic records that various individuals with this name were becoming very active as officials and residents in upper Hispania near the Pyrenees and Tarraconensis during the last century of the Western Roman Empire, and perhaps into the transition from imperial province to independent Kingdom during the Visigothic rule.
Other than these early medieval examples, it is widely known on both sides of the Pyrenees in the following forms:
Semen or Semeno fem. Semena
Semero fem. Semera
Scemeno (in Villabáscones)
Xemen or Xemeno fem. Xemena
Ximeno or Jimeno fem. Ximena or Jimena (French Chimène)
By adjunction of the suffix -ez, it produces the Iberian patronyms:
Portuguese: Ximenes [ʃiˈmeneʃ]
Spanish: Ximénez, Giménez, Jiménez [xiˈmeneθ]

Late 14c., from Latin semen "seed of plants, animals, or men; race, inborn characteristic; posterity, progeny, offspring," figuratively "origin, essence, principle, cause," from PIE *semen- "seed," suffixed form of root *se- (1) "to sow" (source also of Latin serere "to sow," Old Prussian semen "seed," Lithuanian semens "seed of flax," Old Church Slavonic seme, Old High German samo "seed," German Same; see sow (v.)).

Ukrainian form of Simon: he has heard.

Famous People: 26 found on Wikipedia.
Popularity Name Birth Year Description
1 Semen Semenchenko 1974 Ukraine founder of military organization
2 Semen Korsakov 1787 Russian inventor
3 Semyon Hulak-Artemovsky 1813 Ukrainian actor, writer and musician
4 Semen Poskotin 1983
5 Semen Altman 1946 Football player and manager
6 Semen Altshuler 1911 Physicist
7 Semen Pavlichenko 1991 Russian luger
8 Semen Paliy 1640 Ukrainian Cossack rebel
9 Yves Semen 1958
10 Semen Dvoirys 1958 Russian chess player
11 Semen Zhivago 1807 Russian painter
12 Semen Hryzlo 1887 Ukrainian activist
13 Semen Datsenko 1994 Footballer
14 Semen Zhavoronkov 1899 Commander of Soviet Naval Air force
15 Semen Radulov 1989
16 Semen Shestilovsky 1994 Belarusian association football player
17 Semen Danilov 1986 Olympic swimmer
18 Semen Bublyk 1907 Soviet scientist
19 Semen Klyuchyk 1997 Ukrainian association football player
20 Semen Kolobayev 1976 Russian luger
21 Semen Makovich 1995
22 Semen Smunev 1995
23 Semen Glusanok 1987 German ice hockey player
24 Semen Burcev 1987
25 Semen Davitashvili 1987
26 Semen Linder 1997