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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
Samantha Karen "Sam" Fox, English pop singer
Samantha Jane "Sam" Stosur, Australian tennis player
Samantha June "Sam" Mewis, American soccer player
Samantha May "Sam" Kerr, Australian 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

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"
Samantha "Sam" Manson, character in animated series "Danny Phantom"
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'
Samantha "Sam" Montgomery, character in movie "A Cinderella Story"
Samirah "Sam" Al Abbas, character in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan
Samantha "Sam" White, character from the Netflix series "Dear White People"