English, diminutive of Samuel
"told by God"

Sam Origin and Meaning

The name Sam is a boy's name of Hebrew, English origin meaning "told by God".

Sam has long been used on its own for boys, as accepted standing by itself as it is as a short form of Samuel. Straightforward and down-to-earth, Sam is the name of the son of the co-stars of The Americans, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. Sam is one of the most popular names that start with S in the Western world, ranking higher in several European countries than it does in the US, where it's trended downward since the 19th century, though it's always been in the Top 1000.

# 672 in the US

Sam Rank in US Top 1000

# 605 on Nameberry

Sam Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Sam Popularity

Famous People Named Sam

  • Sam Shepard (nee Samuel Shepard Rogers III)American playwright and actor
  • Sam Willsprop comic
  • Samuel Atkinson "Sam" WaterstonAmerican actor
  • Nigel John Dermot "Sam" NeillNew Zealand actor
  • Samuel Jacob "Sam" BradfordAmerican football player
  • Sam Page(born Samuel L. Elliott), American actor
  • Sam Newton Battenberg FaulknerEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Samuel George "Sam" ClaflinEnglish actor
  • Sam RockwellAmerican actor
  • Sam Lowry HuntAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Sam Foxson of Michael J. Fox
  • Sam Evans (b. 2016)son of Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys
  • Sam GriffithsAustralian horse rider
  • Sam Brody JennerAmerican television personality
  • Sam H. HarrisAmerican producer and theater owner
  • Sam "SG" LewisBritish DJ and producer

Sam in Pop Culture

  • Sam Harmoncharacter in "Ocean's" series
  • Samwell "Sam" Tarleycharacter on HBO's "Game of Thrones"
  • Sam Malonemain character on NBC's "Cheers"
  • Samuel "Sam" Winchestermain character on The CW's "Supernatural"
  • Sam Wilsonaka Falcon, Marvel Comics character
  • Samwise "Sam" Gamgeehobbit from "The Lord of the Rings"
  • Sam Whitwickeymain character in "Transformers" movies
  • Sam Evanscharacter on Fox's "Glee"
  • Sam Healycharacter on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black"
  • Sam Camdenone of the twins on The CW's "7th Heaven"
  • Sam Conroycharacter in the movie "American Violet"
  • Sam Coyotecharacter on CBS' "Walker, Texas Ranger"
  • Sam Rothcharacter in Maggie Stiefvator's series "Wolves of Mercy Falls"
  • Sam Templeprotagonist from "Gone" series
  • Sam Braddockcharacter on CTV's "Flashpoint"
  • Samuel "Sam" Alexanderaka Nova, Marvel superhero
  • Sam Radleycharacter in the "Hardy Boys" series
  • Sam HannaSpecial Agent on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles"
  • Sam Bellcharacter in "Moon"
  • Sam the Onion Mancharacter from the book and film "Holes"
  • Sam Sekemotocharacter in "The Sims 3" computer game
  • Sam Andersoncharacter on AMC's "The Walking Dead"
  • Samcharacter on ABC's "Private Practice"
  • Samcharacter in the movie Lost Boys
  • Sam Lanecharacter on The CW's "Supergirl"
  • Samuel Joseph "Sam" Scudder aka Mirror Mastercharacter on The CW's "The Flash"
  • Big Samcharacter in "Gone with the Wind"
  • Sam (SamI,Am), character from "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss
  • Uncle Sama character used to help the United States to recruit men into the military
  • Sam Quintanacharacter in the young adult book "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe," by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
  • Sam Scottcharacter on Channel 4's "extr@"
  • Sam Cortlandcharacter in the "Throne of Glass" series by Sarah J. Maas
  • Sam Carmichaelcharacter in the "Mamma Mia!" musical and films
  • Samdog detective character from cult franchise "Sam and Max"

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