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Gender: F Meaning of Sam: "told by God" Origin of Sam: Diminutive of Samantha

Sam as a name standing on its own was given to only 12 girls in 2015, versus over 500 boys. But as a short form it's appealing and down-to-earth for both sexes, and heard far more often: There were over 5000 baby girls named Samantha in the US in one recent year and more than 10,000 boys named Samuel, so you will hear the name Sam a lot more often than you might guess judging by the numbers for this short form.

Famous People Named Sam

Sam J Sheen (b. 2004), Daughter of Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
Sam Alexis Woods (b. 2007), Daughter of Tiger Woods
Sam Faiers, British reality star

Pop Culture References for the name Sam

Sam, main character in short story "The Black Mamba" by author Liam Holt
Samantha "Sam" Carter, from the TV show "Stargate SG-1"
Sam, character in short story "Amy, Inflated" by author Tina Tirrell
Samantha "Sam" Puckett, character from "iCarly" and main character in "Sam & Cat," played by Jeanette McCurdy, with co-star in own TV series Ariana Grande, who was originally in Victorious
Dr. Sam Nicholls, from British TV show "Casualty"
Sam, character from "Perks of Being a Wallflower" played by Emma Watson
Sam, from the movie "The Space Between"
Samantha "Sam" Stevens, character in US series 'Bewitched'
Sam Montgomery, character in movie "A Cinderella Story"
Samirah "Sam" Al Abbas, female protagonist in Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan