Gender: Male Meaning of Samuel: "told by God" Origin of Samuel: Hebrew Samuel's Popularity in 2019: #22

Samuel Origin and Meaning

The name Samuel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "told by God".

Samuel was derived from the Hebrew name Shemu’el, meaning “told by God.” In the Old Testament, Samuel was one of the great judges and prophets of the Israelites, destined for a holy life from birth. He established the Hebrew monarchy, anointing both Saul and David as kings.

Samuel has long been a popular biblical classic and is still a highly popular choice for boys. Its continued use is somewhat propelled by the likability of the friendly nickname Sam, which returned to favor along with fellow former cigar-chomping movie moguls Max and Jake. Sam is now often used on its own, for girls as well as boys.

High-profile celebs who have chosen Samuel for their sons include Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Jack Black, and Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber.

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Rank in US: #22

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Famous People Named Samuel

Pop Culture References for the name Samuel

Sam, Samualle, Samy, Sammy, Samual, Sammie, Samuell

Samuel's International Variations

Samuelito (Spanish) Samuelis (Lithuanian) Samoyla, Samvel, Samuil (Russian) Shem, Shemuel, Schmuel (Yiddish) Sawyl (Welsh) Shmuel (Hebrew) Somhairle (Irish) Samu, Sami, Samuka (Hungarian) Samo, Samko (Czech)


ParanoidAndroid Says:



scblovesnames Says:


My brother's middle name. I love it if I ever have another boy.

Alaina Says:


I like the name Samuel. It's been my favorite since.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love this, with Sam for short

LV51sfan91 Says:


When I was young I told my Dad if I have a boy I'd name him Samuel and call him Sammy. Still waiting for him just not sure this will be his name!

headintheclouds Says:


Samuel's such a prevalent, guy-next-door inoffensive name that I feel rather bad for kind of disliking it, or at least the sound of its full version. Almost all the Samuels I know go by Sam, which I like, but the -muel at the end really grates at my ears sound-wise, and looks off to me on paper. Objectively, it's a perennial biblical classic with strong roots and history, and a nice meaning.

Zuzana Says:


I really like classic Samuel. I wish it wasn't so popular

kpearl8 Says:


The meaning is actually "Heard by God" because Hannah prayed to God for a son and he heard her prayer.

Leah3456 Says:


I love the nickname Sam. I picture a friendly guy with this name.

13KidsCrazy Says:


Nickname Sam. So cute.

Addie88 Says:


This is my husband's middle name and also the name of one of his grandfathers. It would be a fitting namesake for us to choose someday. In addition, it does also happen to be a really nice, classic name. The nickname Sam is the greatest thing ever, in my opinion.