The meaning of the name “Samuel” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.
Additional information: Samuel is a masculine name that came from the Hebrew Sheum’el, which meant either ‘His Name is God’ or ‘God has heard’. Samuel was the name of the son of Hannah and last ruling judge in the Old Testament, who anointed Saul and David. Foreign variants of the name Samuel include Samuil (Russian), Samuli (Finnish), Samuele (Italian), and Sawyl (Welsh). Samuel has several diminutives in both English (Sam, Sammie, and Sammy) and Finnish (Sami, Samppa, and Samu), and it can also be spelled as Samual or Sameul. Names that sound similar to Samuel are Seamus, Simon, and Shmuel. Feminine variants for the name Samuel are Samantha (English) and Samuela (Italian), and the diminutives Sam and Sami can also be used as feminine names, and both are diminutives for Samantha. Samuel is commonly misspelled as ‘Samule’, ‘Samel’, and ‘Samue’.
Since 1880, Samuel has never fallen out of the top hundred names for boys in the USA, and was the 23rd most popular name in 2014. Its popularity has dipped slightly in England and Wales, but not by much; it was in the top ten names from 1996 to 2006, and fell to 21st in 2014.
Famous people with the name Samuel include Samuel Pepys (English writer), Samuel Morse (inventor of the Morse code), and Samuel Langhorne Clemens (more commonly known by his pen name, Mark Twain).
In Dublin in the 1830s, a blacksmith named Samuel Page and his family were found to be running a satanic cult in the basement of their house. When the locals burned down their house, all of the bodies were found except for Samuel’s, and urban legend suggests that his soul was taken by the devil.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Samuel for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Samuel is a boy name.
The name Samuel is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Hebrew speaking countries, Spanish speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Samuel 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.
Samuel Name Meaning
The meaning of Samuel has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The different meanings of the name Samuel are:
American meaning: Refers to Saul in the Bible
French meaning: His name is God
Hebrew meaning: God hears
Spanish meaning: Asked of 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 Samuel and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Samuel 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 Samuel 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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Name Samuel Categories
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Popularity of the Name Samuel
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Samuel 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.
Samuel Boy Name Popularity Chart
Samuel 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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