Diminutive of Samantha
"told by God"

Sam Origin and Meaning

The name Sam is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "told by God".
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. Like Charlie, Sam is a nickname that works equally well as a girls' name as a boys'.

Sam Popularity


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Famous People Named Sam

  • Samantha "Sam" BrownEnglish pop singer
  • Samantha Elizabeth "Sam" FaiersEnglish reality TV personality
  • Samantha Ann "Sam" QuekEnglish Olympic hockey player
  • Samantha Karen "Sam" FoxEnglish pop singer
  • Samantha Jane "Sam" StosurAustralian tennis player
  • Samantha June "Sam" MewisAmerican soccer player
  • Samantha May "Sam" KerrAustralian soccer player
  • Samantha "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
  • 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

Sam in Pop Culture

  • Samantha "Sam" Cartercharacter on TV show "Stargate SG,1"
  • Samantha "Sam" Puckettcharacter on TV's "iCarly" and "Sam & Cat"
  • Samantha "Sam" Mansoncharacter in animated series "Danny Phantom"
  • Dr. Sam Nichollscharacter on British TV show "Casualty"
  • Samcharacter in book/film "Perks of Being a Wallflower"
  • Samcharacter in the movie "The Space Between"
  • Samantha "Sam" Stevenscharacter on TV's 'Bewitched'
  • Samantha "Sam" Montgomerycharacter in movie "A Cinderella Story"
  • Samirah "Sam" Al Abbascharacter in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan
  • Samantha "Sam" Whitecharacter from the Netflix series "Dear White People"