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

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'.

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KassemJ Says:


100% boy's only in my opinion.

babymagic Says:


There's something so endearing about this name on a girl. It's such a friendly name with so much warmth. I've never met a Sam I didn't like, boy or girl.

ldougie Says:


I much prefer Sami for a girl but this is fine for a boy

Guest Says:


Just Sam?

I'm really not one for nicknames as names I guess.

MaryKathryn Says:


In my opinion, Sam is a name that is strong enough to stand on it's own. I am definitely considering this name for a future daughter of mine, simply because of it's ties to my family and its strength!