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Professor Tolkien derived it from Old English for 'half-wit'. (Sam- like modern semi-, plus 'wise'.)
I'm leaving the previous contribution here because it's so ... amusing. Or something. "Ancient regional Celtic/Gaelic version of 'Samuel' meaning strong and wise."
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Samwise was popularized in J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings novels by the lovable character "Samwise Gamgee"