What does Samantha mean?
Samantha \s(a)-man-tha, sam(a)-ntha\ as a girls' name is pronounced sa-MAN-thah. It is of English origin. Feminine of Samuel (Hebrew) "God heard". 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.
Samantha is a very popular first name for women (#177 out of 4276, Top 4%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#78803 out of 88799, Top 89%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Samantha and corresponding names. Sammie is the only other prominent related form of Samantha (#33 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names was at its highest in the year 1998 and is almost as widespread today, but with the version Sammie becoming less fashionable. Samantha (#33) is the most trendy birth name in this list, with this name going through a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)