What does Samson mean?
Samson /sam-son/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced SAM-sun. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Samson is "sun". Biblical: a judge of ancient Israel, endowed by God with superhuman strength. The name was used in the Middle Ages and by the Puritans.
How popular is Samson?
Samson is a rare given name for men but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#3265 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Samson for boys. Samson was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its top position of #628 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Samson and related names. Sam (#533 in 2014) and Sampson are the popular alternative forms of Samson (#628 in 2014). Adoption of these boy names was at its highest during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.433%) and is now much less (usage 0.2797%, down 35.4%), with the forms Sam and Sampson becoming less trendy. Samson (#628) is the most fashionable name for newborns among these, with this name enjoying a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Tamson. Like Samson, this name is not frequently used.