What does Samantha mean?
Samantha /sa-man-tha/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced sa-MAN-thah. It is of English and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Samantha is "God heard".
Feminine of Samuel. Also contains the Greek -antha which means "flower". Occasionally used in the 17th-19th centuries. Samantha became popular in the 1960s due to the TV show "Bewitched". Actress Samantha Eggar.
How popular is Samantha?
Samantha is a very popular first name for women (#177 out of 4276, Top 4%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#111119 out of 150436, Top 74%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Samantha for girls. Samantha reached its peak rank of #3 in the U.S. in the year 1998, and is presently at #33. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Sammie is the only other prominent related form of Samantha (#33 in 2014). Adoption of these girl names was at its highest in 1998 (usage of 0.4985%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.4835%, down 3%), but with the version Sammie becoming less fashionable. Samantha (#33) is the most trendy birth name in this list, and there is also a rekindling in birth name usage for this name. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Samantha and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)