Gender: Male Meaning of Samson: "sun" Origin of Samson: Hebrew Samson's Popularity in 2019: #574

Samson Origin and Meaning

The name Samson is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "sun".

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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Rank in US: #574

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Famous People Named Samson

Pop Culture References for the name Samson

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