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pinWhat does Samuel mean?

Samuel /sa-muel/ 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.


Samuel has 7 variants: Sam, Sammie, Sammy, Samuele, Samuello, Samwell and Shem.

Affiliated boy name: Kemuel.

Samuel has 3 feminine forms: Samantha, Sami and Samuela.

Kreatif forms: Seamuel, Slamuel, Stamuel. [more]

pinHow 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)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Samuel for boys. Samuel reached its peak rank of #17 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #23. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Samuel name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Samuel and associated names. Prominent variation forms of Samuel (#23 2 years ago) are Sam (#533 2 years ago), Sammie and Sammy. Usage of these relations of Samuel was at its most widespread during 1940-1949 (average #191) and is now much reduced (#639, 55.4%), with the versions Sam, Sammie and Sammy becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Samuel, Sam, Sammie, Sammy in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

Samuel is pronounced similarly to Samael. This name tends to be less commonly used than Samuel.