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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Answer to Prayers

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Samuel

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Samuel in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Samuel:

  • Records indicate that 693,529 boys in the United States have been named Samuel since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2001, when 14,757 people in the U.S. were given the name Samuel. Those people are now 19 years old.

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      32 Positive Comments

  • "The name Samuel is pretty good. Not too common, not to rare, it?s in the sweet spot. I go by Sam, Sammy is fine though, but don?t call me Samuel. I don?t know why, I?m ok with it being my name and I?m proud of it. Just don?t call me Samuel." Dec. 18, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Samuel is such a strong religious name; a Judge, a prophet, anointed Kings. It was my grandfather's name. Today I named my first son after him. I'm proud to share such a strong name with him." Mar. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Samuel but I go by Sam. People say they like my name. I like meeting girls named Sam, they are usually cute girls. I don't like when people call me Sammy." Nov. 10, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Samuel. My spouse and I usually call him Sam or sammy (sammy-sauruos hehe), so we didnt realize until he was like a month old when I called him samuel (sam-ewe-ell) that my husband pronounces it (sam-mule). so make sure you agree on the pronounciation first because sam-mule is just tacky. But we love it otherwise. no other samuels that we know of" Jul. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names is Samuel and I am fortunate to not have a common, popular name like James or Michael." Jun. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a newborn named Samuel. We love it and we use Sammy, Sam, or Sam-Bone. Love the nicknames. Not to mention he is super cute." Jan. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our first son Samuel and now we are trying to think of a name for number 2 (in case it is a boy). And we can't find any other name that we like as much as Samuel... tough!" Oct. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this name and so dose my friend!!! Thumbs up!!" Sep. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is "Samuel." Love it, I work in the NICU and see babies all day, and have never had a Samuel there. It's strong and Sam is an adorable nickname!!" Aug. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi i am sam and i am 12 years old. I love my name but it is easier to be called sam. At my age there are loads of sams and lots of James' too. the only people to pronounce it wrong are French people as they say. Sam-ew-elle and Indians call me Sh-mu-el" Nov. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My fiance's name is Samuel. I love it, i think it sounds like a very strong name." Nov. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "People always tell us they love this name. A nice short form too...Sam, gotta love it." Oct. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Samuel after my late paternal Grandfather. Growing up in the 80's, I did not run into very many other Samuels. In fact, from grade school through high school, I was the only Samuel in our school district. Given that I was named after my Grandfather who passed when my father was only 13, our common naming led me to feel a strong familial connection with the man I never met. I am proud to be called Samuel." Sep. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Samuel. It's easy to pronounce and it's classic. It's also biblical." Aug. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Vi named our baby Samuel after my grandfather. It is little used in Norway now, but as the trend tend to go in 120 year waves, Samuel is on its way up according to the statistics :-)" Jul. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have just named our son Samuel. I love it. We think Sam is the name of someone who is everybody's friend! A friend (a big Sam) says he has always liked his name." Jul. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Samuel and I really like it. It looks real nice, I think. I met about 4 or 5 people with this name. I LOVE IT." Feb. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Samuel is a very flexible name. I'd call a child Sammy when he's small and later in situations when he's upset or when I praise him. When he's naughty I'd call him Samuel in a stern voice. His mates can always call him Sam, which is cool. My dog's called Samuel as well." Feb. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. It's my fiance's name - but I liked it before I met him. He grew up fighting the nickname "Sammy" and goes instead by Sam. What's nice about this nickname is that you can call a baby Sam, a toddler Sam, a teenager Sam, and an adult Sam - and it never sounds weird. Samuel is a very professional looking name that easily converts to Sam and is barely ever mispronounced." Feb. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son is named Samuel and we call him Sammy or Sambo. As he gets older it will probably turn into Sam." Jan. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Sam and i love it and people love me so name yuor child Sam!!" Nov. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son, Samuel, is 6. We live in N.W. Fl. So far I've not encountered a whole lot of other Sams in his classrooms. I've been very pleased w. the name." Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it. It's my son's name. I agree that I don't like the fact that girls use "Sam" sometimes. It is a good, strong boy's name." Sep. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my brothers name, and he never gotten beat up or picked on, I would say it is a good strong name." Jul. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "There are only 2 types of people in this world, those named Sam and those who wished they were named Sam. Told to me by my boss, also named Sam." Jul. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ofcourse I like my name lol... Samuel is the best name ever... Biblical & Cool... People call me Sam, Samuelito, Sammie (which I hate), & Samizel! lol... yup, my name is cool... Just a lil' bit overused though." Apr. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oooh!! God chosed this name for my son it is beautiful. Asked of God, what a priviledge to raise Yawhe very own." Feb. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was indifferent toward my name while growing up (Samuel), but as a revert to the Catholic faith, I have a much fuller understanding of the richness and beauty of biblical names. Thanks Mom!" Feb. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm crazy about a Samuel, who's nickname is Sam, but I always remember Dr. Seuss Green eggs and Ham so it gives me happy memories because it was my favorite book to read to my oldest son." Feb. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name is Samuel not Sam. Samuel was provided by God as an answer to prayer." Nov. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "sam is my favourite name for an guy ' how could people not like it'." Nov. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Samuel. (We call him Sam.) When he was born I didn't know of any other Sam's. Now there seem to be a lot. I still love the name." Aug. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      13 Neutral Comments

  • "I'm a 2002 Samuel and have gone by my full name since I was 13; before that I went by Sam. What's funny is that when I went by Sam, people would always ask, "Are you just Sam or are you really Samuel?" Now I have the opposite problem: whenever I introduce myself to someone, the other person always calls me Sam in the next sentence. There are also lots of other Sams my age, to the point of having to be called by my last initial in classes in school; then when a teacher would call out, "Sam, cut it out," both of us would look up and wonder what we were doing wrong. I stopped going by Sam when I was 13 because I thought it sounded immature, but at the same time, the only other short form is Sammy which is even worse. I don't mind being called Sam by other people, but being called Sammy drives me nuts - I'm not a dog or a toddler, thank you very much." May. 14, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Samuel my friends call me sambo, SAMs, sambollen my mom sometimes call me Sammy squirrel I have never met a person with my name in my whole entire life" Aug. 10, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is samuel too, but people normaly call me "sam" (I love the name). What really bothers me is when girls are named Samantha and people refer to them as "sam" for short. It makes me mad, I don't know why" Aug. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our first boys name is Samuel...not too many people have it. Liked the meaning. His chiropractor has always called him Samel..just can't pronounce it, or remember it. But my 6 year old said he thought it was fine to be called Samel b/c it rhymes with camel...and he likes camels...too funny. Our second boy we named it too but now coming up with a third boys name has been we stick with S or biblical names?" Dec. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "In one of those 1980s Super Sentai programs in Japan (and this is BEFORE Power Rangers that dates only from the early 1990s), the 1987 program entitled 'Hikari Sentai Maskman' (Light Squadron Maskman), the character of the Maskmen's mentor Commander Sanjoruu Sugata (played by Japanese actor Hayato Tani of Takeshi's Castle fame) was renamed Director Samuel Sugata in the Philippine Tagalog version of Maskman - retitled 'Laser Squadron Maskman'." Jul. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Samuel, and I was given this name because my parents are Catholic and they thought the name was meaningful in its biblical sense. I don't get picked on and I am now a physician so the name means less as I'm called by my surname more often. However, my middle name, Maximilian, is way cooler so I now go by Maximilian. However, when I play soccer or do sports, esp. while I go hunting with my relatives, "Sam" works just fine. Actually, the name "Sam", esp. when whispered, is the stealthiest name one can have, as to not startle deers and enemy combatants." Nov. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my ex boyfriends name was samuel benjamin i thought it was very cuteeee and it suited him well." Nov. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "samuel is asked of god so as father and mother we were happy by calling samuel. becouse the lord has done his will and my son is very happy when we call his name he is 1 month old thank you" Jul. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "samuel is asked of god so as father and mother we were happy by calling samuel. becouse the lord has done his will and my son is very happy when we call his name he is 1 month old thank you" Jul. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know someone named Samuel. He is the answer to my prayers." Jun. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Samuel is a great name, we call our son Sam, a simple, strong, short name. I wish my name was" Oct. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "lol my names sam and im brazilian my who name is samuel frnco de godoy and so many people cant pronounce it at all ... its not that hard" Aug. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and had a baby boy 5 weeks ago and named him Samuel (Sammy). I kind of feel like we should have names him after me now." Jan. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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