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Samuel Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Samuel is of Hebrew and Hungarian origin.

The meaning of Samuel is "G-d has heard".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 23 in baby name popularity for boys with 10859 occurrences.  It ranked 8813 in popular baby names for girls with 13 occurrences. 

View the Samuel Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Samuel has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Samuel to other names.


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Related Names

Variants of the name Samuel include Samoel, Shealtiel.

The names Samantha, Samuele, Samuil, Samuli, Sawyl, Shmuel are all forms of Samuel.

Samuel has the diminutives (nicknames) Sam, Sammy.

Other Tidbits

Samuel falls into the name categories biblical, classic, easy nickname.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Samuel Jackson, Samuel Adams, Samuel Goldwyn, Samuel Clemens, Samuel Morse, Samuel Houston.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Samuel in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Samuel.

Just for fun, see the name Samuel in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Samuel in Nautical Flags page.

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Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.

Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.

Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).

Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.

By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.

Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.

Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.

After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.