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Gender: Male Meaning of Sam: "told by God" Origin of Sam: English, diminutive of Samuel Sam's Popularity in 2017: #540

The name Sam is a boy's name of Hebrew, English origin meaning "told by God". Sam is ranked #540 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "{boys} love/like/lose: alt. version".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Sam

Sam Shepard (nee Samuel Shepard Rogers III), American playwright and actor
Sam Wills, prop comic
Samuel Atkinson "Sam" Waterston, American actor
Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill, New Zealand actor
Samuel Jacob "Sam" Bradford, American football player
Sam Page, (born Samuel L. Elliott), American actor
Sam Newton Battenberg Faulkner, English singer-songwriter
Samuel George "Sam" Claflin, English actor
Sam Rockwell, American actor
Sam Lowry Hunt, American singer-songwriter
Sam Fox, son of Michael J. Fox
Sam Rhys (b. 2016), son of Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys
Sam Griffiths, Australian horse rider
Sam Brody Jenner, American television personality
Sam H. Harris, American producer and theater owner
Sam "SG" Lewis, British DJ and producer

Pop Culture References for the name Sam

Sam Harmon, character in "Ocean's" series
Samwell "Sam" Tarley, character on HBO's "Game of Thrones"
Sam Malone, main character on NBC's "Cheers"
Samuel "Sam" Winchester, main character on The CW's "Supernatural"
Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, Marvel Comics character
Samwise "Sam" Gamgee, hobbit from "The Lord of the Rings"
Sam Whitwickey, main character in "Transformers" movies
Sam Evans, character on Fox's "Glee"
Sam Healy, character on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black"
Sam Camden, one of the twins on The CW's "7th Heaven"
Sam Conroy, character in the movie "American Violet"
Sam Coyote, character on CBS' "Walker, Texas Ranger"
Sam Roth, character in Maggie Stiefvator's series "Wolves of Mercy Falls"
Sam Temple, protagonist from "Gone" series
Sam Braddock, character on CTV's "Flashpoint"
Samuel "Sam" Alexander, aka Nova, Marvel superhero
Sam Radley, character in the "Hardy Boys" series
Sam Hanna, Special Agent on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Sam Bell, character in "Moon"
Sam the Onion Man, character from the book and film "Holes"
Sam Sekemoto, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Sam Anderson, character on AMC's "The Walking Dead"
Sam, character on ABC's "Private Practice"
Sam, character in the movie Lost Boys
Sam Lane, character on The CW's "Supergirl"
Samuel Joseph "Sam" Scudder aka Mirror Master, character on The CW's "The Flash"
Big Sam, character in "Gone with the Wind"
Sam (Sam-I-Am), character from "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss
Uncle Sam, a character used to help the United States to recruit men into the military
Sam Quintana, character in the young adult book "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe," by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
Sam Scott, character on Channel 4's "extr@"
Sam Cortland, character in the "Throne of Glass" series by Sarah J. Maas
Sam Carmichael, character in the "Mamma Mia!" musical and films

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Carla jemma Says:


My mum likes this name

Ellie Says:


My brothers name is Samuel but we all call him sam

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I like Sam, just not Samuel.

Guest Says:


my mom saw a kid named Sam the other day on tv and assumed it was a girl. sigh.