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.
(female) Shamantha, Simmantha, ..
(male) Samanna, Samantus, ..
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 2000 Names, 2014)
Samuel, Sammie, Sammantha and Sam are the prominent related forms of Samantha (#33 in recent rankings). Usage of these forms of Samantha was at its highest in 1990 (median #1508) and has become significantly diminished since (#1606, down 70.2%), with the version Samantha falling out of fashion.
Recommended 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 (see Savannah), Savanna, Savannha, Shanta, Simonetta, Syntha, Tabatha▼, Xantha, Yacintha, Yolantha and Zantha. These names tend to be less commonly used than Samantha.