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What does Samson mean?

Samson Pronunciation of Samson [sam-son] 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.

ASSOCIATED WITH sun (star), biblical, judge, ancient (old), strength, puritans


VARIANTS Sam, Sampson, Sansom, Sanson, Sansone, Shem

(male) Samlon, Sason, ..

(female) Samnon, Samsom, ..

Samson Canyon (S.C.), ..

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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Samson was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its top position of #622 in the U.S. in 2015. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Samson name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Sam (#554 IN 2015) and Sampson are the popular alternative forms of Samson (#622). Adoption of these relations of Samson was at its highest 135 years ago (AVERAGE #915) and is now much diminished (#1058, DOWN 89%), with the form Sam becoming somewhat dated. Samson is the most fashionable name for newborns among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Samson, Sam, Sampson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Adamson, Babson, Camdon, Camron, Carson, Cason, Dameon, Damion, Damon, Damyon, Dawson, Dayson, Eamon, Garson, Hanson, Jacson, Jaison, Jakson, Jameson, Jamison, Jamon, Janson, Jason, Jaxson, Jayson, Jimson, Kamdon, Kamron, Karson, Kason, Larson, Lawson, Mason, Masson, Maxson, Parson, Ramon, Rawson, Salmon, Salton, Savion, Savyon, Saxon, Saxton, Simeon, Simon, Simpson, Simyon, Swenson, Symon, Tamsen, Tamson, Tanson, Tayson and Watson. These names tend to be more frequently used than Samson.

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