Meaning: “flag; sign.”
The name is derived from the Arabic word, alam, meaning “flag; sign.”
Among Shiia Muslims, an alam is a flag of spiritual significance that is taken out for procession during Ashura.
In the Arabic-speaking world, the word appears as an element in several male names, but alam itself is not used as a given name.
As of 2010, Alem was the 65th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010).
A feminine form is Alema.