The meaning of the name “Samantha” is: “The Listener; Listens well to a message from God”.
Additional information: The name Samantha is most commonly thought to be a female version of the popular male name “Samuel”. There is no mention of the name before the 19th century when it started being used in the USA as a name of baby girls. The name Samuel is from Aramaic origins, but it’s widely thought that the change to Samantha was made because the Greek suffix -antha which is added to the end of “Sam” means “flower”, something that is usually associated with femininity. The name Samantha can mean “listener”.
Because this name is derived from another very popular male name, there are variations of it used all around the world. One of the most common variations of the name Samantha is the Hispanic-Italian version, “Samanta”. Girls named Samantha usually have nicknames like Sam, Sammie, Sammy, Mantha, or Ammy. Common misspellings of the name are “Samatha”, “Samanatha”, or “Sammantha”.
Samantha as a name first reached the top 1000 baby girl’s name list in 1880 after the publishing of a novel featuring a strong female character by this name. It stayed in the top 1000 until 1902 and only reappeared for a few years in 1958 and 1959. After that the name was largely unused until the 1960s when it’s thought to have been brought to people’s attention because of the TV show Bewitched, whose main character went by the name of Samantha Stephens. Since the 1960s it has never been out of the top 500, soaring in popularity especially in 2010 when it was the 15th most popular name for baby girls in the US, which is also the most popular it has ever been. In 2014, Samantha was the 33rd most popular name in the US, 75th in Australia, and 64th in Canada.
There are a large number of famous people named Samantha, including these: Samantha Arsenault the Olympic swimmer from the USA; Samantha Morton an English actress; Samantha Harris an American actress; Samantha Fox a pop singer and Samantha Bond, who played Miss Moneypenny in James Bond films that starred Pierce Brosnan.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Samantha for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Samantha is a girl name.
The name Samantha is of Aramaic origin, and is used mostly in English speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.
If you consider naming your baby Samantha we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Samantha Name Meaning
The meaning of Samantha is “The Listener; Listens well to a message from God”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Samantha and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Samantha and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Samantha is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Samantha
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Samantha displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Samantha Boy Name Popularity Chart
Samantha Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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