Gender: Female Meaning of Samara: "under God's rule" Origin of Samara: Place-name or Hebrew Samara's Popularity in 2018: #256

The name Samara is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "under God's rule". Samara is ranked #256 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".

From the experts:

Exotic and lovely -- and much more distinctive now than Samantha or Tamara. Samara is a city in western Russia as well as a bona fide first name.

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Daiseymae Says:


I have heard it pronounced as Sam-ra too.

Samara Says:


My name is Samara too. pronounced Sa mar a
accent on the Sa
I absolutely love my name I'm glad there isn't many of us

SEllenM Says:


My name is Samara, pronounced Suh-mare-uh. I've always loved having this unique name, 99% of the time im the first one people have met. It always gets mispronounced as suh-Maaaar-ruh which sounds pretentious and used to bother me, but I've learned to let it ago in my 30s. The baby name book my mom found it in gave the definition as "gift of God" , about which my mom would say "We sure picked the wrong name for her!"
And that is my complete story about having this name :D

Jasmine-Joy Says:


I fell in love with this name after meeting a girl called this

sammi714 Says:


I like it,it's my name but it isn't pronounced that way. Suh-Mare-Uh Samarrah

sistergoldenhair Says:


it's a russian place-name tbh

wavygirl Says:


Sounds nice paired with averil

Margot_86 Says:


That's what I was going to say! Too bad I like the sound of it. It reminds me of how the movie Shrek unfortunately came out around the same time my friend's baby was born (and the name Fiona was at the top of her list) so that movie sort of ruined THAT name for HER.

Ashley Blydenburgh Says:


Reminds me of the creepy girl in the ring movie.

wavygirl Says:


Luv it.

HaileyJoan357 Says:


I disagree. I love this name, but I think Samantha still sounds classier. This may be more distinctive, but I feel like it's a variation to the prettier original, even though they're two totally different names.

Guest Says:


Much prettier than Samantha imo