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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 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.


Variations

Samantha has 12 variants: Sam, Samentha, Samey, Sami, Sammantha, Sammee, Sammey, Sammie, Semanntha, Semantha, Simantha and Symantha.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Amantha and Samuela.


Popularity

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Samantha name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Samantha outside U.S.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Samantha, Sammie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Samantha outside U.S.

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