🔼The name Shemamah in the Bible
The name Shemamah occurs just once in the Bible, in a group of four nicknames that the prophet Isaiah renders to Jerusalem, Judah and Israel (Isaiah 62:4). Two out of these four are names that are also assigned to women in the Bible, so it may be proper to assume that the other two can be viewed as female names as well.
🔼Etymology of the name Shemamah
The name Shemamah comes from the verb שמם (shamem), meaning to be desolate or appalled:
Isaiah explains this name by stating that Jerusalem will no longer be called Azubah (Forsaken) and her land Shemamah (Desolate), but Jerusalem will be called Hephzibah (My Delight Is In Her) and her land Beulah (Married), "because YHWH delights in you, and your land will be married (62:4)".
The name Shemamah is identical to the word shemama listed above, and means Devastation or Waste.
This may be a curious name to give a child, but as the Hebrews thought of names differently than we do (see our review of the different mechanisms of naming by following the link to our general article on Biblical names below), the root shamen is used in the Bible for several human and locality names (see the list of associated names above).