What does Samuel mean?
Samuel [samuel] as a boys' name is pronounced SAM-yoo-el. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Samuel is "God heard". Also possibly "requested of God", "God's heart" or "God's name". Biblical: the prophet and judge who anointed Saul and David as kings of Israel. The name was used by the Puritans and usage peaked in the 19th century. Opera singer Samuel Ramey; lexicographer Samuel Johnson; playwright Samuel Beckett; author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain); actor Samuel L. Jackson.
SEE ALSO KemuelCREATIVE FORMS
(male) Shamuel, ..
(female) Same, Sastel, .. MIDDLE NAME PAIRINGS
Samuel Dewayne (S.D.), ..
How popular is Samuel?
Samuel is a very prominent first name for men (#60 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#1711 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)
Samuel reached its peak rank of #17 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #23. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Samuel (#23 A YEAR AGO) are Sam (#554), Sammie and Sammy (#1381). Usage of these relations of Samuel was at its most widespread in the 1880s (MEDIAN #726) and is now much reduced (#989, ▼54%), with versions like Sam becoming less trendy.
Samuel is pronounced similarly to Samael. Other recommended names are Amel, Bazeel, Cadel, Cael, Campbel, Capel, Carvel, Dael, Daniel▼, Dannel, Darel, Darrel▼, Emanuel▲, Gamel, Gammel, Gamul (see Gamal), Hamel, Hansel, Harel, Jael, Jamael, Jameel, Jamel, Jamiel, Jarel, Kadmiel, Kameel, Kimbel, Lemuel▼, Mansel, Manuel▼, Marcel▲, Marvel, Miguel, Miquel, Nabeel, Nagel, Niguel, Pagiel, Pauel, Pavel, Rafel, Rancel, Randel, Sabre, Sachiel, Sadler, Sahel, Sahil, Saige, Sail, Sal, Sami, Sammey, Sander, Santee, Sareek, Satchel, Saul, Saulo, Savill, Sawyer▲, Saxe, Sayer, Sayge, Seamus▲, Semmes, Shamus, Shaque, Shawnel, Simen, Sorrel, Sumner and Yael. These names tend to be less commonly used than Samuel.See names in meaning and etymology.