What does Samantha mean?
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. Demographics)
Shown below is the birth name statistics 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 Names, 2014)
Sammie is the only other prominent related form of Samantha (#33 in recent rankings). Adoption of these forms of Samantha was at its highest in 1998 (median #501) and is almost as conventional today (#516, down 3%), but with the version Sammie falling out of fashion. Samantha is the most trendy birth name in this list, and there is also a rekindling in birth name usage for this name.
Thinking of names?
Recommended similar baby names are Amarantha, Calantha, Calanthe, Calanthia, Cleantha, Cliantha, Diamanta, Diantha, Eolantha, Hamania, Iantha, Iolantha, Jacintha, Jacyntha, Jolantha, Kalantha, Kliantha, Mallantha, Melantha, Sabetha, Samala, Samara▲, Samaria, Sancha, Santa▼, Savana▼, Savanah▼, Savanha, Savanna▲, Savannha, Shanta▼, Simonetta, Syntha, Tabatha▼, Xantha, Yacintha, Yolantha and Zantha. These names tend to be less commonly used than Samantha.