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Gender: M Meaning of Samuel: "told by God" Origin of Samuel: Hebrew Samuel's Popularity in 2012: #25

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Samuel has long been a popular Old Testament classic, and is currently just inside the Top 25, with close to 11,000 boys named Samuel annually. Its continued use is somewhat propelled by the likability of the friendly nickname Sam, which returned to favor along with fellow former cigar-chomping movie moguls Max and Jake. Sam is now often used on its own, for girls as well as boys.

In the Old Testament, Samuel was one of the great judges and prophets of the Israelites, destined for a holy life from birth. He established the Hebrew monarchy, anointing both Saul and David as kings.

High-profile celebs who have chosen Samuel for their sons include Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Jack Black, and Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber.

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Famous People Named Samuel

Samuel L. Jackson, American actor
Samuel Clemens, American writer Mark Twain's birth name
Samuel Adams, American politician
Samuel West, English actor
Samuel Morse, American inventor
Samuel Garner (b. 2012), son of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
Samuel Patrick, son of actor Robert Patrick
Samuel Hearne, English explorer
Samuel C. C. Ting, American physicist and Nobel prize winner

Pop Culture References for the Name Samuel

Sam Malone, main character on TV's Cheers
Sam-I-Am, character in Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs & Ham
Samuel Adams, the beer
Samuel "Sam" Temple, main character in Michael Grant's Gone series
Sam Winchester, character on TV's Supernatural
Samuel "Sam" Whitwikey-main character in the Transformers franchise
Samuel Oak, the Kanto professor in "Pokémon".

Sam, Sammie, Sammy, Samual, Samualle, Samuell, Samy

Samuel's International Variations

Samo, Samko (Czech) Samuli (Finnish) Zamiel (German) Samouel (Greek) Shmuel (Hebrew) Samu, Sami, Samuka (Hungarian) Somhairle (Irish) Samuele (Italian) Samaru (Japanese) Samuelis (Lithuanian) Samoyla, Samvel, Samuil (Russian) Samuelito (Spanish) Sawyl (Welsh) Shem, Shemuel, Schmuel (Yiddish)