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Gender: M Meaning of Samuel: "told by God" Origin of Samuel: Hebrew Samuel's Popularity in 2014: #23

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.

Famous People Named Samuel

Samuel, Biblical prophet
Samuel Johnson, English poet and author
Samuel Leroy Jackson, American actor
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, birth name of American novelist Mark Twain
Samuel Adams, American politician and revolutionary
Samuel Alexander Joseph "Sam" West, English actor
Samuel Finley Breese Morse, American inventor
Samuel Pepys, English diarist and politician
Samuel Hearne, English explorer
Samuel Chao Chung Ting, American physicist and Nobel prize winner
Samuel Barclay Beckett, Irish novelist and playwright
Samuel Gorton, American settler and civic leader in Rhode Island
Samuel Chandler Crafts, U.S. Senator and 12th Governor of Vermont
Samuel John Everett "Sam" Loxton, Australian cricketer
Samuel Eto'o (Fils), Cameroonian footballer
Samuel Jackson "Sam" Snead, American golfer
Samuel Barnett, English actor
Samuel "Sam" Houston, American politician, 7th governor of Texas
Samuel "Sam" Shepard (Rogers), American playwright and actor
Samuel Henry John "Sam" Worthington, Australian actor
Samuel Atkinson "Sam" Waterston, American actor
Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr., American singer, actor, dancer
Samuel Louis "Sam" Warner, Polish-American film producer of Warner Bros.
Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton, American founder of Wal-Mart Stores
Samuel Michael "Sam" Simon, American TV producer and director
Samuel "Sam" Rockwell, American actor
Samuel "Sam" Cooke, American singer-songwriter
Samuel Dale "Sam" Brownback, American politician, governor of Kansas
Samuel M "Sam" Raimi, American film director and writer
David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah, American film director
Samuel Pack "Sam" Elliott, American actor
Samuel Andrew "Sam" Donaldson, Jr, American news anchor
Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, English stage and film director
Samuel Colt, American firearm inventor
Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr., American singer, actor, and dancer
Samuel Cohen, birth name of American songwriter Sammy Cahn
Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar, leader singer of American band Van Halen
Samuel Kelvin "Sammy" Peralta Sosa, Dominican baseball player
Samuel E. Feinberg, birth name of American composer Sammy Fain
Samuel Adrian "Sammy" Baugh, American football player
Samuel Paul "Sammy" Kershaw, American country music singer
Samuel Zarnocay, Jr., birth name of American bandleader Sammy Kaye
Samuel Baxter "Sammy" McIlroy, Northern Irish footballer
Samuel Lee "Sammy" Green, American football player
Samuel Garner (b. 2012), son of American actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
Samuel Patrick, son of American actor Robert Patrick

Pop Culture References for the name Samuel

Samuel Adams, American beer brand
Samuel "Sam" Temple, main character in Michael Grant's Gone series
Samuel Campbell, grandfather of Sam Winchester on Supernatural
Samuel "Sam" Winchester, character on TV's Supernatural
Samuel "Sam" Whitwikey, main character in the Transformers franchise
Samuel Oak, Kanto professor in video game "Pokémon".
Samuel "Sam" Healy, character on TV series "Orange is the New Black"
Samuel "Sam" Alexander, aka Nova, Marvel superhero
Samuel "Sammy" Lieberman, character on TV series "Dance Academy"
Samuel Norbert Avery, deceased son of April Kepner and Jackson Avery on "Grey's Anatomy"

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

Samuel's International Variations

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