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Gender: M Meaning of Samson: "sun" Origin of Samson: Hebrew Samson's Popularity in 2013: #671

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With the prevailing popularity of Samuel, some parents are considering this more (literally) powerful biblical name, which shares the desirable nickname of Sam.

Samson was, of course, the supernaturally strong champion of the Israelites against the Philistines who was betrayed by Delilah, as dramatized in more than one technicolor epic. But the more it is used for children today, the more the name is able to move away from that image.

Sampson is a variant spelling--Sampson Brass is a character in the Dickens novel The Old Curiosity Shop, Samzun is the interesting Celtic spelling, Sansone the Italian version.

The story of Samson has been translated into a number of works of art, including Milton's poetic drama "Samson Agonistes," an oratorio by Handel, an opera by Saint-Saens, and paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens.

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Famous People Named Samson

Samson - a man in the bible who was given supernatural strength by God to defeat his enemies. He very naively 'fell in love' with a conniving woman and willingly told her the secret to his strength; Samson was actually shocked when she betrayed him to his enemies for money.
Samson Satele, American NFL football player
Samson Davis, son of Naomi and Josh Davis

Pop Culture References for the Name Samson

"Samson," song by Regina Spektor
"Samson and Delilah," song by the Grateful Dead
Brock Samson, character in 'The Venture Brothers'
Samson Ryder, a hard, cold man in Anna Sewell's 'Black Beauty' (1877)
Samson, the monkey from British kids TV show "Captain Mack"
Samson, character in Ingrid Law's, "Savvy", and "Scumble"

Sampson, Sansom, Sanson

Samson's International Variations

Samsó (Basque) Samzun (Breton) Sansone (Italian) Sansao (Portuguese) Sansón (Spanish) Simson (Swedish)