Samson Origin and Meaning

The name Samson is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "sun".

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

  • SamsonBiblical man given supernatural strength by God to defeat his enemies
  • Saint Samson of Dolone of the founder saints of Brittany
  • Samson Pascal FrançoisFrench pianist and composer
  • Samson SateleAmerican NFL football player
  • Samson Raphael HirschGerman rabbi, founder of Torah im Derech Eretz
  • Samson SiasiaNigerian footballer
  • Samson MahbodCanadian,American ice hockey player

Samson in Pop Culture

  • "Samson" song by Regina Spektor
  • "Samson and Delilah" song by the Grateful Dead
  • SamsonBritish hard rock band
  • Brock Samsoncharacter in 'The Venture Brothers'
  • Samson Rydera hard, cold man in Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty" (1877)
  • Samsonmonkey on British children's TV series "Captain Mack"
  • Samsoncharacter in Ingrid Law's "Savvy" and "Scumble"

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