Hebrew, feminization of Samuel
"told by God"

Samantha Origin and Meaning

The name Samantha is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "told by God".

The origins of Samantha are not entirely clear, although it is commonly thought to be a feminization of Samuel with the suffix derived from the Greek anthos, meaning "flower." Samantha has been in English-speaking use since the eighteenth century, particularly in the American South, and drew attention via Grace Kelly's Tracy Samantha Lord character in High Society, featuring the song "I love you, Samantha."

Though still a lovely name, Samantha is finally beginning to fade after years of widespread use. The modern-day popularity of Samantha was originally inspired by the nose-twitching heroine of TV's Bewitched. It was revitalized by the sensual Kim Cattrell character on Sex and the City.

Some of today's parents may well go directly to nickname Sam, or consider an alternative like Samara.

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Famous People Named Samantha

  • Samantha MunroCanadian actress
  • Samantha "Sammi" Jo DollAmerican musician
  • Samantha Zoe WomackEnglish singer/actress
  • Samantha Karen "Sam" FoxEnglish pop singer
  • Samantha Jane Powerformer U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
  • Samantha BrowneWalters, American actress
  • Samantha Ruth PrabhuIndian actress
  • Samantha ArsenaultAmerican Olympic swimmer
  • Samantha Jane MortonEnglish actress
  • Samantha Jade GibbsAustralian singer and actress
  • Samantha Jane BarksBritish actress
  • Samantha Jane "Sam" StosurAustralian tennis player
  • Samantha Scarlett Knightsister of actor Sterling Knight
  • Samantha "Sammi Sweetheart" GiancolaAmerican reality TV personality ("Jersey Shore")
  • Samantha BeeCanadian,American political comedian
  • Samantha Tamania Anne Cecilia MumbaIrish singer
  • Samantha Benningtonex,wife of former Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington
  • Samantha SmithBritish tennis player
  • Samantha SainteClaire Ponder, American TV sportscaster
  • Samantha Louise Hall aka GoldierocksBritish DJ
  • Samantha Judith RonsonAmerican DJ
  • Samantha Reed SmithAmerican actress and peace activist
  • Samantha Buschwife of NASCAR driver Kyle Busch
  • Samantha June "Sam" MewisAmerican soccer player
  • Samantha May "Sam" KerrAustralian soccer player
  • Samantha Ann "Sam" QuekEnglish Olympic hockey player
  • Samantha Gibb (b. 1980)daughter of singer Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees
  • Samantha Ella Bain (b. 1981)daughter of bassist Jimmy Bain of Rainbow and Dio
  • Samantha Anderson (b. 1982)daughter of actress Conchata Ferrell and Arnie Anderson
  • Samantha Southall (b. 1987)daughter of footballer Neville Southall
  • Samantha Mozes (b. 1996)daughter of actress Cynthia Nixon and Danny Mozes
  • Samantha Lee Martin (b. 2002)daughter of actress Lauralee Bell and Scott Martin
  • Samantha Michelle Robinson (b. 2011)son of actor Bumper Robinson
  • Samantha Riggs (b. 2012)daughter of singer Margareta Svensson and Seth Riggs
  • Samantha Rae "Sam" Simpson (b. 2013)daughter of pair skater Jamie Salé and ice hockey player Craig Simpson
  • Samantha Faith "Sam" Rogers (b. 2016)daughter of singer and TV personality Matt Rogers
  • Samantha Hoopes (b. 1991) Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model

Samantha in Pop Culture

  • Samantha Jonescharacter on TV's "Sex and the City"
  • Samantha "Sam" Stevenscharacter on TV's "Bewitched"
  • Samantha "Sam" Mansoncharacter in animated series "Danny Phantom"
  • Samantha Spadecharacter on TV's "Without a Trace"
  • Samantha "Sam" McCall Morgancharacter on American soap "General Hospital"
  • Samantha Parkingtoncharacter in the "American Girl" series
  • Samantha "Sam" Puckettcharacter from "iCarly"
  • Samantha "Sammi" Caldonecharacter in TV movie "Cyberbully"
  • Samantha "Sam" Kingstoncharacter from "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver
  • Semanthecharacter in Sir John Suckling's play "Aglaura" (1637)
  • Samantha Cartercharacter on TV's "Stargate"
  • Samantha Micellicharacter on TV series "Who's the Boss?"
  • Samantha Darkocharacter in movie "Donnie Darko"
  • Samantha "Sam" Montgomerymain character in movie "A Cinderella Story"
  • Samantha "Sam" Bakermain character in "Sixteen Candles"
  • Samantha Gene "Sami" Brady. character on American soap "Days of our Lives"
  • Samantha "Art3mis" Cookcharacter in book and movie "Ready Player One"
  • Samanthacharacter in Barbara Cartland's book "Say Yes, Samantha"
  • Samantha "Sam" Walker (Davis)minor character in "One Tree Hill"
  • Samantha "Root" Grovescharacter from TV show "Person of Interest"
  • SamanthaOS system voiced by Scarlett Johansson in the movie "Her"
  • Samantha Louise "Lou" Flemingcharacter on Canadian TV series "Heartland"
  • Samantha Gilbertcharacter on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
  • "The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor" novel by Melody Carlson
  • Samantha "Sam" Giddingscharacter in video game "Until Dawn"
  • Samantha "Sam" Askewcharacter in "The Saddle Club"
  • Samantha "Sam" Borgenscharacter from movie "Stuck in Love"
  • Samantha Claytoncharacter on TV's "Arrow"
  • Samantha Muldercharacter from TV's "The X,Files"
  • Samantha "Sam" AriasAKA Reign from TV's "Supergirl"
  • Samantha "Sam" Leslie Jacksoncharacter in the 2015 comedy film "Ted 2"
  • Samantha “The Cat”character in the animated series “Infinity Train”

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