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Gender: F Meaning of Samantha: "told by God" Origin of Samantha: Hebrew, feminization of Samuel Samantha's Popularity in 2013: #29

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Samantha, a long-popular feminization of Samuel, though still in the Top 30, is finally beginning to fade after years of widespread use, though still a lovely name. The popularity of Samantha was originally inspired by the nose-twitching heroine of TV's Bewitched.

Samantha has been in English-speaking use since the eighteenth century, particularly in the American South, and drew attention via Grace Kelly's Tracy Samantha Lord character in High Society, featuring the song "I love you, Samantha," and then was revitalized by the sensual Kim Cattrell character on Sex and the City.

Some of today's parents may well go directly to nickname Sam, or consider an alternative like Samara.

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Famous People Named Samantha

Samantha "Sammi" Jo Doll, American musician
Samantha Browne-Walters, American actress
Samantha Arsenault, American Olympic swimmer
Samantha Morton, English actress
Samantha Jade, Australian singer
Samantha Barks, Manx Actress
Samantha Stosur, Australian tennis player
Samantha Scarlett Knight, sister of actor Sterling Knight
Samantha "Sammi Sweetheart" Giancola, tv personality on "Jersey Shore"
Samantha Mumba, Irish singer
Samantha Smith, British tennis player

Pop Culture References for the Name Samantha

Samantha Jones, character in 'Sex and the City'
Samantha "Sam" Stevens, character in US series 'Bewitched'
Samantha Spade, character from US series 'Without a Trace'
Samantha Parkington, from the 'American Girl' doll collection
Samantha "Sam" Puckett, character from 'iCarly' played by Jeanette McCurdy
Samantha "Sammi" Caldone, character in TV movie "Cyberbully"
Samantha "Sam" Kingston, character from 'Before I Fall' by Lauren Oliver
Semanthe, character in Sir John Suckling's play 'Aglaura' (1637)
Samantha Carter, character from "Stargate"
Samantha Micelli, from TV series "Who's The Boss" played by Alyssa Milano
Samantha Darko, from movie "Donnie Darko"
Samantha Montgomery, main character from movie "A Cinderella Story"
Samantha "Sam" Baker, main character in "Sixteen Candles"
Samantha Gene "Sami" Brady (formerly Reed, Walker, Roberts, DiMera and Hernandez) is a fictional character from the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives, portrayed by Alison Sweeney.
Samantha, heroine in Barbara Cartland's book Say Yes, Samantha
Samantha "Root" Groves, character from TV show "Person of Interest"

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Samantha's International Variations

Samanthée (French)