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Gender: Male Meaning of Samson: "sun" Origin of Samson: Hebrew Samson's Popularity in 2017: #608

The name Samson is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "sun". Samson is ranked #608 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

From the experts:

With the prevailing popularity of Samuel, some parents are considering this more (literally) powerful biblical name, which shares the desirable nickname of Sam.

Samson was, of course, the supernaturally strong champion of the Israelites against the Philistines who was betrayed by Delilah, as dramatized in more than one technicolor epic. But the more it is used for children today, the more the name is able to move away from that image.

Sampson is a variant spelling--Sampson Brass is a character in the Dickens novel The Old Curiosity Shop, Samzun is the interesting Celtic spelling, Sansone the Italian version.

The story of Samson has been translated into a number of works of art, including Milton's poetic drama Samson Agonistes, an oratorio by Handel, an opera by Saint-Saens, and paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens.

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Famous People Named Samson

Samson, Biblical man given supernatural strength by God to defeat his enemies
Saint Samson of Dol, one of the founder saints of Brittany
Samson Pascal François, French pianist and composer
Samson Satele, American NFL football player
Samson Raphael Hirsch, German rabbi, founder of Torah im Derech Eretz
Samson Siasia, Nigerian footballer
Samson Mahbod, Canadian-American ice hockey player

Pop Culture References for the name Samson

"Samson," song by Regina Spektor
"Samson and Delilah," song by the Grateful Dead
Samson, British hard rock band
Brock Samson, character in 'The Venture Brothers'
Samson Ryder, a hard, cold man in Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty" (1877)
Samson, monkey on British children's TV series "Captain Mack"
Samson, character in Ingrid Law's "Savvy" and "Scumble"

Sampson, Sansom, Sanson

Samson's International Variations

Sansone (Italian) Sansón (Spanish) Samzun (Breton) Sansao (Portuguese) Simson (Swedish) Samsó (Basque)


katinka Says:


Love Samson! It's pretty much the only -son ending name I like (also Orson). It's just a shame it shares the very popular nickname Sam with Samuel - Sam is fine, but it's a bit "meh" to me.

Gemma_Hudson Says:


My 3 month old boy is Samson, and we love the name! Friends and family call him 'handsome Samson' :) Only one person has called him Sam so far - which I don't mind, but still prefer his full name. I'm sure his mates will call him Sam. Grandad calls him Sammy.

KassemJ Says:


A great name, though I prefer Samuel, this is still a good alternative.

BabyNameCrazy95 Says:


I love this name but hate the nickname Sam :/ x