• From Middle English semen, from Old Norse sœma, from Proto-Germanic *sōmijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sem-. Cognate with Scots seme, Danish sømme, Old Swedish søma, Faroese søma. Related also to Old Norse sómi ( > archaic Danish somme), Old Norse sœmr, Old English sēman, Old English sōm ("agreement").

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