Samuel: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Samuel

Samuel

Pronunciation: SA-myoo-əl (key)

Origin of the name Samuel:

The Ecclesiastic Late Latin form of the Ecclesiastic Greek Samouel, which is from the Hebrew Shmuel, a name derived from shěmū’ē‘l (name of God, his name is God). Var: Sam. Pet: Sammy.

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Sam, Shmuel, Sammie, Sammy

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Comments and insights on the name Samuel: | Edit

I love this name -- it is solid and friendly.
A likely reason for this Biblical name's popularity is that it is spelled the same in English, French, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish.
The name evoke in me good and safe feelings. Once I would like to have little Sam and little Anna - both hebrew names.

Personal experiences with the name Samuel: | Edit

When I was pregnant with my second son, I shared some of my baby name choices with friends. When Samuel was suggested, it was unanimously declared a "friendly, smart, reliable" name. One friend even said they could picture people saying "That Sam, he's one heck of a guy!".
Since friendly, smart, and reliable are three of the traits I try to bring out in my children, Samuel was definitely the winner.

My son is named Samuel, we obviously call him Sam. It FITS him. He is practical, happy, logical, and steadfast. We tell him he was named after Samuel in the Bible "because we asked God for him".

Nicknames for Samuel: | Edit

Sam, Sammy, Shmuel, Samski, Samuella, Sammich, Sam-Sam, Samay, Sam-a-lam, Spam, Spammy

Meanings and history of the name Samuel: | Edit

Samuel does not mean "name of God, his name is God" like the above states. It means "God Heard" or "God Hears".

Samuel has the specific meaning "Asked of God", relating to 1 Samuel, when Hannah asked God for a son and he heard her request. My mother had a similar situation surrounding my birth: she did not know if they would be able to conceive and prayed, and then had me. Originally I was going to be Michael but then she changed it, and I have forever been grateful for my name!

Famous real-life people named Samuel: | Edit

Samuel L. Jackson, American actor
Samuel Clemens, American writer Mark Twain's birth name
Samuel Adams, American politician
Samuel Morse, American inventor
Samuel Garner Affleck (b. 2012), son of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Samuel in song, story & screen: | Edit

Fireman Sam - UK TV Show & character, Samuel Damon, main character in "Once an Eagle".

Sam Winchester - Demon-hunting brother to Dean on TV show "Supernatural"; played by Jared Padalecki

Sam Malone - Cheers

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