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What does Samuel mean?

Samuel Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH biblical, prophet, judge, kings, puritans, 19th century


VARIANTS Sam, Sammie, Sammy, Samuele, Samuello, Samwell, Shem


FEMININE FORMS Samantha, Sami, Samuela



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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 #21. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Samuel (#21 A YEAR AGO) are Sam (#603), Sammie and Sammy (#1477). Usage of these relations of Samuel was at its most widespread in the 1880s (MEDIAN #726) and is now much reduced (#1025, 56%), with versions like Sam becoming less trendy.

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

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

Similar Names

Samuel is pronounced similarly to Samael. Other recommended sound-alike 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.

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