What does Sampson mean?
Sampson /samp-son/ as a boys' name. Sampson's name origin is Hebrew, and the name Sampson means "sun". Sampson is a variant form, with the suffix -pson, of Samson (Hebrew). Biblical: a judge of ancient Israel.
How popular is Sampson?
Sampson is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#844 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Sampson for boys. Sampson reached its peak rank of #659 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Sampson and related names. Prominent related forms of Sampson are Sam (#533 2 years ago) and Samson (#628). Adoption of these forms of Sampson was widespread during 1890-1899 (average #567) and is somewhat lower today (#720, down 35.4%), with the versions Sam and Sampson becoming less stylish. Sam is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Samson appears to be gaining popularity too. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Sampson▼ is alike in pronunciation to Simpson. Like Sampson, this name is not frequently used.