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Gender: Female Meaning of Samantha: "told by God" Origin of Samantha: Hebrew, feminization of Samuel Samantha's Popularity in 2017: #54

The name Samantha is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "told by God". Samantha is ranked #54 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Autumn Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Though still a lovely name, Samantha, a long-popular feminization of Samuel, is finally beginning to fade after years of widespread use. The popularity of Samantha was originally inspired by the nose-twitching heroine of TV's Bewitched.

Samantha has been in English-speaking use since the eighteenth century, particularly in the American South, and drew attention via Grace Kelly's Tracy Samantha Lord character in High Society, featuring the song "I love you, Samantha," and then was revitalized by the sensual Kim Cattrell character on Sex and the City.

Some of today's parents may well go directly to nickname Sam, or consider an alternative like Samara.

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Famous People Named Samantha

Samantha Munro, Canadian actress
Samantha "Sammi" Jo Doll, American musician
Samantha Zoe Womack, English singer/actress
Samantha Karen "Sam" Fox, English pop singer
Samantha Jane Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
Samantha Browne-Walters, American actress
Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Indian actress
Samantha Arsenault, American Olympic swimmer
Samantha Jane Morton, English actress
Samantha Jade Gibbs, Australian singer and actress
Samantha Jane Barks, British actress
Samantha Jane "Sam" Stosur, Australian tennis player
Samantha Scarlett Knight, sister of actor Sterling Knight
Samantha "Sammi Sweetheart" Giancola, American reality TV personality ("Jersey Shore")
Samantha Bee, Canadian-American political comedian
Samantha Tamania Anne Cecilia Mumba, Irish singer
Samantha Bennington, ex-wife of former Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington
Samantha Smith, British tennis player
Samantha Sainte-Claire Ponder, American TV sportscaster
Samantha Louise Hall aka Goldierocks, British DJ
Samantha Judith Ronson, American DJ
Samantha Reed Smith, American actress and peace activist
Samantha Busch, wife of NASCAR driver Kyle Busch
Samantha June "Sam" Mewis, American soccer player
Samantha May "Sam" Kerr, Australian soccer player
Samantha Ann "Sam" Quek, English Olympic hockey player
Samantha Gibb (b. 1980), daughter of singer Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees
Samantha Ella Bain (b. 1981), daughter of bassist Jimmy Bain of Rainbow and Dio
Samantha Anderson (b. 1982), daughter of actress Conchata Ferrell and Arnie Anderson
Samantha Southall (b. 1987), daughter of footballer Neville Southall
Samantha Mozes (b. 1996), daughter of actress Cynthia Nixon and Danny Mozes
Samantha Lee Martin (b. 2002), daughter of actress Lauralee Bell and Scott Martin
Samantha Michelle Robinson (b. 2011), son of actor Bumper Robinson
Samantha Riggs (b. 2012), daughter of singer Margareta Svensson and Seth Riggs
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 Samantha

Samantha Jones, character on TV's "Sex and the City"
Samantha "Sam" Stevens, character on TV's "Bewitched"
Samantha "Sam" Manson, character in animated series "Danny Phantom"
Samantha Spade, character on TV's "Without a Trace"
Samantha "Sam" McCall Morgan, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Samantha Parkington, character in the "American Girl" series
Samantha "Sam" Puckett, character from "iCarly"
Samantha "Sammi" Caldone, character in TV movie "Cyberbully"
Samantha "Sam" Kingston, character from "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver
Semanthe, character in Sir John Suckling's play "Aglaura" (1637)
Samantha Carter, character on TV's "Stargate"
Samantha Micelli, character on TV series "Who's the Boss?"
Samantha Darko, character in movie "Donnie Darko"
Samantha "Sam" Montgomery, main character in movie "A Cinderella Story"
Samantha "Sam" Baker, main character in "Sixteen Candles"
Samantha Gene "Sami" Brady. character on American soap "Days of our Lives"
Samantha "Art3mis" Cook, character in book and movie "Ready Player One"
Samantha, character in Barbara Cartland's book "Say Yes, Samantha"
Samantha "Sam" Walker (Davis), minor character in "One Tree Hill"
Samantha "Root" Groves, character from TV show "Person of Interest"
Samantha, OS system voiced by Scarlett Johansson in the movie "Her"
Samantha Louise "Lou" Fleming, character on Canadian TV series "Heartland"
Samantha Gilbert, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
"The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor," novel by Melody Carlson
Samantha "Sam", character in video game "Until Dawn"
Samantha "Sam" Askew, character in "The Saddle Club"
Samantha "Sam" Borgens, character from movie "Stuck in Love"
Samantha Clayton, character on TV's "Arrow"
Samantha Mulder, character from TV's "The X-Files"
Samantha "Sam" Arias, AKA Reign from TV's "Supergirl"

Samantha's International Variations

Samanthée (French)


JossieChris Says:


My brother was almost Samantha Joe. I may use this in honor of that little girl that never was. My parents would love it. I idolized Alyssa Malano in the 80s, so I don't mind the popularity or the datedness. Still charming!

Ellaspivey Says:


I like this name with the middle name Eden. Think about it, Samantha Eden

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Ha! I love your name, it does have very nice flow!

Samantha @ Samantha Rose Says Says:


Ha! I'm just scrolling around this website randomly for a friend, but this was the first comment I saw about my name. Samantha Rose is actually my first and last name! I always get compliments on the flow of my name, so I definitely recommend it ;)

paulapuddephatt Says:


There were a lot of girls called Samantha in my generation, and the name remains popular. I do like it, and especially love Sam and Sammie. We had a girl budgie called Sammie, after a singer-songwriter called Samantha Murphy.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I can see myself having a daughter called Samantha. I like the nickname Sam, and when I think of Samantha I think of a bright, smiley, friendly, looking girl, who is always up for a play. I like the combo Samantha (for her first name) and Rose (for her middle name. All in all Samantha is a very nice name.

TheSlothPrincess Says:


I apologize to all you Samanthas out there, but I have hated this name ever since I was a kid. I always thought it would drop in popularity over time, but it's still going strong and I can't understand why. The "man" and "tha" syllables together just sound so ugly! Probably my least favourite name out of the top 100.

MaryKathryn Says:


I know soooo many women named Samantha. I've known some that go by their whole name, some that go by Sammi, and some that go by just Sam. I think the name is beautiful and I would gladly use the name if it wasn't so popular.

eyestrainsam Says:


This is my name... maybe in a few generations you can use it, but it's way too popular (still). I go by Sam (I hate nicknames Sammie/Sammy etc)

samanthar911 Says:


This is my name, and I absolutely hate it. It has the word "Man" in it, and all the nicknames suck. I go by Sam usually, not because it sounds better though. Its just shorter. Do your child a favor, and don't name them Samantha.

headintheclouds Says:


To me this is the ultimate 80's-90's girl name, at home with Ashley, Heather, Amber, Rachel, Carly, Amanda, Jessica, Jennifer, Melissa... I think it's all right, I don't have particularly have strong feelings for Samantha. I do dislike the nickname Sam for girls though.

KassemJ Says:


It's a decent name, but I don't personally like it. I also hate how it made the nickname "Sam" acceptable for girls. Sam is boys only, in my opinion.

Leah3456 Says:


This is a cute name!

samwright519 Says:


This is my name and I love it. I love having "Sam" as a nickname. There are no alternative spellings, so people never have any issues spelling my name. My friends all call me Sam, and I use Samantha at work because it sounds more professional.

jordalini Says:


Where I live the man part is stressed, which has always made this name sound unattractive to me