What does Sampson mean?
Sampson /samp-son/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name. Sampson's name origin is Hebrew, and the name Sampson means "sun". Sampson is a variant transcription of Samson (Hebrew). Biblical: a judge of ancient Israel. Compare surname Sympson.
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 a year ago) and Samson (#628). Adoption of these boy names was at its apex during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.433%) and has become much less since (usage 0.2797%, down 35.4%), with the versions Sam and Sampson becoming less stylish. Samson (#628) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name here, with this name having a resurgence in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Sampson▼ is alike in pronunciation to Simpson. Like Sampson, this name is not frequently used.