Salem is a common name for towns and places, particularly in the Western world. In ancient times it was the name of a locality in the Near East (Palestine), and traditionally identified with Jerusalem, before the name "Jerusalem" was used. It is mentioned in the Bible in Genesis , in connection with the figure Melchizedek, typically translated "King of Salem" which means "King of Peace". However, the Hebrew text, according to some scholars, is not clear; instead of the "King of Salem" ("melekh Salem") reading, the original text may have had "melekh shelomo" ("a king allied to him"). [ [ USCCB - NAB - Genesis 14 ] ] There may also be a connection to the Canaanite god Shalem. []

Common uses

* Salem, Massachusetts
* Salem witch trials
* Salem, Oregon, capital of the US state of Oregon
* Salem, Tamil Nadu, India, the largest city with this name (pop. approx. 700,000)


In the United States

* Salem, Alabama
* Salem, Arkansas
** Salem, Fulton County, Arkansas
** Salem, Saline County, Arkansas
* Salem, Connecticut
* Salem, Florida
* Salem, Georgia
* Salem, Idaho
* Salem, Illinois
* Salem, Indiana, in Washington County
* Salem, Jay County, Indiana
* Salem, Iowa
* Salem, Kansas
* Salem, Kentucky
* Salem, Maine
* Salem, Maryland
* Salem, Massachusetts
** Salem Maritime National Historic Site
** Salem witch trials
** Salem Harbor
** Salem Sound, a body of water
** Salem Channel, a part of the Salem Sound
* Salem, Michigan
* Salem, Mississippi
* Salem, Missouri
* Salem, Montana
* Salem, Nebraska
* Salem, New Hampshire
* Salem, New Jersey
** Salem Nuclear Power Plant
** Salem River, a tributary of the Delaware River
* Salem, New Mexico
* Salem, New York
** Salem, an earlier name of Brocton, New York
* Salem, North Carolina
* Salem, Ohio
* Salem, Oklahoma
* Salem, Oregon, the state capital
* Salem, Pennsylvania
* Salem, South Carolina
* Salem, South Dakota
* Salem, Utah
* Salem, Virginia
* Salem, Virginia Beach, Virginia
* Salem, West Virginia
* Salem, Wisconsin
** Salem, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
** Salem, Pierce County, Wisconsin

* East Salem, Pennsylvania
* Lower Salem, Ohio
* New Salem
* Salem Township
* Winston-Salem, North Carolina
** Old Salem, a history museum in Winston-Salem


* Salem, Ontario

* Salem, Baden-Württemberg
** Salem Abbey (Reichskloster Salem), a monastery
** Schule Schloss Salem, Germany (also referred to as Salem College, with a section called Salem International College)
* Salem, Schleswig-Holstein ;India
* Salem, Tamil Nadu, a city of 700,000
* Salem district, the district of Tamil Nadu in which the city of Salem is located

* Salem, Brebes, located in the west part of Central Java

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*Salem, West Bank

* Salem, Valencia

* Salem, Sweden
* Salem Municipality

;United Kingdom
* Salem, Greater Manchester, within Oldham, England
* Salem, village near Llandeilo, Wales
* Salem, Montserrat


* Abu Salem, accused in the 1993 Bombay bombings
* Emad Salem, an FBI informant
* Mamdouh Salem, former Prime Minister of Egypt 1975-1978
* Pamela Salem, a British film and television actress
* Peter Salem, a black slave who lived during the American Revolution
* Raphaël Salem, a Greek-Sephardic mathematician after whom are named the Salem numbers and whose widow founded the Salem Prize
* Salem al-Hazmi, one of five men named as a hijacker in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
* Salem Chalabi, an Iraqi-American lawyer
* Salem Poor, a black soldier who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill

Educational institutions

* Salem Castle School, Germany (sometimes also referred to as Salem College and with a section called Salem International College)
* Salem Academy, North Carolina
* Salem College, North Carolina
* Salem State College, Massachusetts
* Salem International University, West Virginia
* Salem High School, several in the United States

Religious institutions

*Salem Methodist Church Complex (Ohio)

Mathematics and science

* Salem number
* Salem Prize, in mathematics
* Salem hypothesis, in the creationism/evolution debate

Art, literature and press

* "Salem's Lot", a horror novel by Stephen King
* Salem Monthly, an alternative newspaper in Salem, Oregon



* Salem (band), an Israeli extreme metal band
* Salem (US band), an indie rock band from the United States
* Salem Highballers, the recording name given to the McCray Family


* Salem (Days of our Lives), the fictional setting of the U.S. soap opera "Days of our Lives"
* Salem Saberhagen, a cat in the comic book and television series "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"

ports teams

* Salem Avalanche, a minor league baseball team
* Salem Stampede, a team in the International Basketball League


* Salem Communications, a Christian company with divisions in radio, print, and web
* Salem (cigarette)


* USS "Salem", the name of three ships of the United States Navy
* "Salem" (supertanker), involved in maritime insurance fraud
* Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge, a covered bridge in Alabama, United States
* Salem Airport, list of airports associated with the name Salem


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