Gender: Female Meaning of Samantha: "told by God" Origin of Samantha: Hebrew, feminization of Samuel Samantha's Popularity in 2019: #80

Samantha Origin and Meaning

The name Samantha is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "told by God".

The origins of Samantha are not entirely clear, although it is commonly thought to be a feminization of Samuel with the suffix derived from the Greek anthos, meaning “flower.” 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.”

Though still a lovely name, Samantha is finally beginning to fade after years of widespread use. The modern-day popularity of Samantha was originally inspired by the nose-twitching heroine of TV's Bewitched. It 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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Rank in US: #80

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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