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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

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Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
Samantha Browne-Walters, American actress
Samantha Arsenault, American Olympic swimmer
Samantha Jane Morton, English actress
Samantha Jade, Australian singer
Samantha Jane Barks, Manx Actress
Samantha Stosur, Australian tennis player
Samantha Scarlett Knight, sister of actor Sterling Knight
Samantha "Sammi Sweetheart" Giancola, American reality TV personality ("Jersey Shore")
Samantha Tamania Anne Cecilia Mumba, Irish singer
Samantha Smith, British tennis player
Samantha Sainte-Claire Ponder, American TV sportscaster
Samantha Judith Ronson, American DJ

Pop Culture References for the Name Samantha

Samantha Jones, character on TV's 'Sex and the City'
Samantha "Sam" Stevens, character on TV's 'Bewitched'
Samantha Spade, character on TV's 'Without a Trace'
Samantha Parkington, character in the 'American Girl' series
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 on TV's "Stargate"
Samantha Micelli, character on TV series "Who's The Boss"
Samantha Darko, character in movie "Donnie Darko"
Samantha Montgomery, main character from movie "A Cinderella Story"
Samantha "Sam" Baker, main character in "Sixteen Candles"
Samantha Gene "Sami" Brady. character on American soap "Days of our Lives"
Samantha, character 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)