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What does Samantha mean?

Samantha Pronunciation of Samantha as a girls' name is pronounced sa-MAN-thah. It is of English and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Samantha is "God heard". Feminine of Samuel. Also contains the Greek -antha which means "flower". Occasionally used in the 17th-19th centuries. Samantha became popular in the 1960s due to the TV show "Bewitched". Actress Samantha Eggar.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, flower, 17th century, 19th century


VARIANTS Sam, Samey, Sami, Samentha, Sammantha, Sammee, Sammey, Sammie, Semantha, Semanntha, Simantha, Symantha

SEE ALSO Amantha, Samuela



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How popular is Samantha?

Samantha is a very popular first name for women (#177 out of 4276, Top 4%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#111119 out of 150436, Top 74%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Samantha reached its peak rank of #3 in the U.S. in the year 1998, and is presently at #60. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Sam, Sammantha, Sammie and Samuel are the prominent related forms of Samantha (#60 IN RECENT RANKINGS). Usage of these forms of Samantha was at its highest in 1990 (MEDIAN #1508) and has become significantly diminished since (#1612, DOWN 83.1%), with versions such as Sammie falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Samantha, Sam, Sammantha, Sammie, Samuel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Amarantha, Calantha, Calanthe, Calanthia, Cleantha, Cliantha, Diamanta, Diantha, Eolantha, Hamania, Iantha, Iolantha, Jacintha, Jacyntha, Jolantha, Kalantha, Kliantha, Mallantha, Melantha, Sabetha, Samala, Samara, Samaria, Sancha, Santa, Savana, Savanah, Savanha (see Savannah), Savanna, Savannha, Shanta, Simonetta, Syntha, Tabatha, Xantha, Yacintha, Yolantha and Zantha. These names tend to be less commonly used than Samantha.

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