Meaning and name origin
Samuel \s(a)-muel\ as a boy's name is pronounced SAM-yoo-el. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Samuel is "God heard". Also possibly as "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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Kemuel.
Samuel is a very popular first name for males (#60 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1678 out of 88799, Top 2%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Samuel for boys. Samuel reached its highest rank of #17 in the U.S. in 1880-1889 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Samuel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Samuel (#23), Sam (#533), Sammie and Sammy. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Samuel is also pronounced similarly to Samael. This name tends to be less commonly used than Samuel.