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Gender: F Meaning of Sam: "told by God" Origin of Sam: Diminutive of Samantha

Sam as a name standing on its own was given to only 12 girls in 2015, versus over 500 boys. But as a short form it's appealing and down-to-earth for both sexes, and heard far more often: There were over 5000 baby girls named Samantha in the US in one recent year and more than 10,000 boys named Samuel, so you will hear the name Sam a lot more often than you might guess judging by the numbers for this short form.

Famous People Named Sam

Samantha "Sam" Brown, English pop singer
Samantha Elizabeth "Sam" Faiers, English reality TV personality
Samantha Ann "Sam" Quek, English Olympic hockey player
Sam Mozes (b. 1996), daughter of actress Cynthia Nixon and Danny Mozes
Sam J Sheen (b. 2004), daughter of actors Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
Sam Alexis Woods (b. 2007), daughter of golfer Tiger Woods

Pop Culture References for the name Sam

Samantha "Sam" Carter, character on TV show "Stargate SG-1"
Samantha "Sam" Puckett, character on TV's "iCarly" and "Sam & Cat"
Dr. Sam Nicholls, character on British TV show "Casualty"
Sam, character in book/film "Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Sam, character in the movie "The Space Between"
Samantha "Sam" Stevens, character on TV's 'Bewitched'
Sam Montgomery, character in movie "A Cinderella Story"
Samirah "Sam" Al Abbas, character in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan