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Seth Name Meaning and Origin

Seth is primarily a boy’s name meaning “appointed, placed.” With roots in EgyptianHebrew, and the Bible, the name Seth belongs to the third son of Adam and Eve, born after the murder of Abel by Cain as per Genesis. He was born in Adam’s likeness and image. Thus, Seth is commemorated as one of the Holy Forefathers in the Calendar of Saints of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Adam, Abel, and others, with a feast day on July 26. The Sethians were a Christian Gnostic sect that may have existed before Christianity as per the Judaic school of thought, strongly influenced by Platonism. 

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What Does Seth Mean?

Derived from the Hebrew word ‘sheth,’ the meaning of Seth is “placed” or “appointed.” So the meaning of Seth reinforces the fact that it was God who had appointed him as a replacement for Abel.

Origin

Seth figures in the pseudepigraphic texts of the Life of Adam and Eve (the Apocalypse of Moses). It recounts the lives of Adam and Eve after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden to their deaths. Seth was Adam and Eve’s third son, born after the murder of Abel by Cain. Medieval historians and other scholars believe that Seth buried Adam and the secret texts in the tomb of Adam, i.e., the “Cave of Treasures.” Despite being used in England during the Middle Ages, this name took off after the Protestant Reformation in the 17th century. 

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Gender

Male

Pronunciation

  • Seth
  • Sayth

Syllables

 1 Syllable

Length/Letter

 4 letters

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Name Variations/Spellings

Variations of Seth are equivalents of the original name but differ from it in its specific external form. The following is a list of other spellings for Seth and Seth name variations that may be modern substitutes that may sound very fashionable or up to date.

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Name Origin
Said Arabic
Sid English
Ced English
Saad Arabic
Saeed Arabic
Syd English
Syed Arabic
Zed Hebrew
Sean Irish
Seb Greek

How Popular Is the Name Seth?

Since 1880, Seth has been used in the United States, with over 1,64,485 boys with the name over the past 200 years. Although the Seth popularity index as a baby name increased in 1999 when its usage went up by 136.9% and 6304 babies were named Seth, the Seth baby name ranking reached an all-time high of Number 63 in 2000. Seth was widely used in the American Old West, as seen in vintage TV oaters as Wagon Train, featuring Major Seth Adams. Also, famous comedians like Seth Meyers, the movie actor Seth Rogen, and animated-comedy creator Seth MacFarlane share the name. Along with literary characters in George Eliot and Charles Dickens novels, Seth Clearwater appears as a werewolf in Twilight, making it a worthy contender in the baby name popularity chart.

Interest in Seth – Worldwide

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A consistent search value of over 30 has been recorded on interest for Seth, reaching 100 in February 2013. The lowest value was recorded was at 32 in October 2021.

Interest in Seth – US

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Search trends for the name Seth show a search value of over 20 reaching 100 in February 2013. It scored the lowest value of 29 on March 2012 and May 2012 consecutively.

The Popularity of the name Seth

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URL: https://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/babyname.cgi

Where Is The Name Most Searched

Search trends of Seth – Worldwide

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Interest in the name Seth has been highest in the United States in the past 10 years. Other countries like Sri Lanka, Canada, Ghana, and Australia have found a place in the top five positions. As Seth, as a name, has origins in Judaism, Christianity, Mandaeism, Sethianism, Islam, and United States, comprises people of all faith, this name has become extremely popular there.

Search trends of Seth – US

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Vermont leads among the sub-regions in the US for maximum searches for the name Seth followed by District of Columbia, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and Maine over the last 10 years. 

Middle Names That Go With Seth

Middle names strike the perfect balance between traditional and trendy formal names and surnames. Here are some of the best double names with Seth that help children go by their middle names instead of their given first names:

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Garrett Kendrick
Lucas Alexander
Riley Holden
Tyler Carson
Joshua Austin
Ashler Reid
Oliver Lucy
Henry Daisy
Daniel Landon
Dexter Holly
Orlando Amelia

Famous People Named Seth

Celebrities lend substantial star power to a person’s identity with their name. Here is a list of some of the most popular personalities named Seth, considered high achievers in their distinctive ways:

Celebrity Name Profession/Famous For
Seth Rogen Canadian actor and comedian
Seth Avett American musician
Seth Adam Meyers American TV host, comedian, and writer
Seth Woodbury Macfarlane American series creator, writer, comedian, and actor
Seth Benjamin Green American actor and writer
Seth Gabel American actor
Seth Adham Curry American basketball player
Seth Rollins American pro-wrestler
Seth Low 92nd Mayor of New York City
Seth Wilbur Moulton U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts

Similar Names & Last Names

Baby names like Seth bear the essence of the name, making it an interchangeable or indistinguishable choice. Seth’s family names give you a sense of identity and help you discover who you are and where you come from. Here are some of the other names for Seth that might sound equally appealing:

Other Baby Names

Suitable Family Names

Nathan

Gilpin

Joshua

Clerk

Jacob

Archer

Luke

Hogg

Levi

Brookes

Micah

Holmes

Ethan

Fields

Elijah

Allington

Reuben

Gibson

Jonah

Dixon

Isaac

Henderson

Names That Sound Like Seth

The poetic effect of names that rhyme with Seth has an aesthetic appeal that’s hard to ignore. Here are some of the names that sound like Seth to illustrate a single phonetic effect across English dialects and speakers:

Ced

Saad

Said

Saeed

Jeth

Heath

Sean

Seap

Keith

Wyeth

Zeph

Smyth

Smith

Seal

Seb

Sela

Selah

Syd

Sid

Zed

Sibling Names Related to Seth

However quirky or funny sibling names are, they intensify the relationship between brothers and sisters. These are some of the best sibling names that go with Seth for sharing within the entire family:

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Sister Names For Seth

Brother Names For Seth

Megan

Sam

Elizabeth

Alexis

Grace

Taylor

Rachel

Sydney

Hannah

Derryn

Lacy

Caleb

Samantha

Luke

Sarah

Benjamin

Ava

Daniel

Paige

Aaron

Bethany

Nathan

Phoebe

Scott

Nicknames for Seth

Nicknames are creatively hatched strictly based on a child’s personality or as pet forms of a formal name. Here is a roundup of some of the best nicknames for the name Seth that can be used to express your deep love for your child.

Seeth

Sethling

Sethilis

Steff

Sethicals

Seth My Son

Sethay

Simply Seth

Sethy

Setho

Simply Seth

Mr. Seth

Slicky Seth

Sethiny

Sethito

Sethescope

Slexth

Sethy Wethy

Seth Boyardee

Seeth

Steff

Sethling

As the Sethians worshipped the biblical Seth, they are named after him and are depicted in their creation myths as a divine incarnation. Thus, the offspring of Seth was later considered as a superior elect within human society. Thus, this long-neglected name has seen a renewed interest and appreciation for its gentle, understated presence throughout history and has found its way in the hearts of new parents.

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Sources/References

Social Security Administration: https://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/babyname.cgi
Seth Name Popularity in the United States: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=2011-11-11%202021-11-11&geo=US&q=Seth
Seth Name Popularity Across The World: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=2011-11-11%202021-11-11&q=Seth
Seth Name Interest in the United States: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=2011-11-11%202021-11-11&geo=US&q=Seth
Seth Name Interest Across The World: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=2011-11-11%202021-11-11&q=Seth

This post was last modified on November 29, 2021 6:57 pm

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