What does Samson mean?
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.
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 2 years ago) and Sampson are the popular alternative forms of Samson (#628 2 years ago). Adoption of these relations of Samson was at its highest during 1890-1899 (average #567) and is somewhat less today (#720, down 35.4%), with the forms Sam and Sampson becoming less trendy. Sam is more universally found than the rest, although Samson appears to be getting popular too. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Tamson. Like Samson, this name is not frequently used.