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Gender: Male Meaning of Samuel: "told by God" Origin of Samuel: Hebrew Samuel's Popularity in 2017: #21

The name Samuel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "told by God". Samuel is ranked #21 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF #11".

From the experts:

Samuel has long been a popular Old Testament 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.

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.

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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Famous People Named Samuel

Samuel, father of Abiah, of the tribe of Levi (1 Chr. 6:28)
Samuel Gorton, American settler and civic leader in Rhode Island
Samuel Johnson, English poet and author
Samuel Adams, American revolutionary leader
Samuel "Sam" Houston, American politician, 7th governor of Texas
Samuel Finley Breese Morse, American inventor
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, birth name of Mark Twain, American novelist
Samuel Colt, American firearm inventor
Samuel Chandler Crafts, U.S. Senator and 12th Governor of Vermont
Samuel Louis "Sam" Warner, Polish-American film producer of Warner Bros.
Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton, American founder of Wal-Mart Stores
Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr., American singer, actor, dancer
Samuel Andrew "Sam" Donaldson Jr., American news anchor
Samuel Pack "Sam" Elliott, American actor
Samuel Leroy Jackson, American actor
Samuel Alexander Joseph "Sam" West, English actor
Samuel Pepys, English diarist and politician
Samuel Hearne, English explorer
Samuel Chao Chung Ting, American physicist and Nobel prize winner
Samuel Barclay Beckett, Irish novelist and playwright
Samuel John Everett "Sam" Loxton, Australian cricketer
Samuel Eto'o (Fils), Cameroonian footballer
Samuel Jackson "Sam" Snead, American golfer
Samuel Barnett, English actor
Samuel "Sam" Shepard (Rogers), American playwright and actor
Samuel Henry John "Sam" Worthington, Australian actor
Samuel Atkinson "Sam" Waterston, American actor
Samuel Michael "Sam" Simon, American TV producer and director
Samuel "Sam" Rockwell, American actor
Samuel "Sam" Cooke, American singer-songwriter
Samuel Dale "Sam" Brownback, American politician, governor of Kansas
Samuel M "Sam" Raimi, American film director and writer
David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah, American film director
Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, English stage and film director
Samuel Cohen, birth name of Sammy Cahn, American songwriter
Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar, leader singer of American band Van Halen
Samuel Kelvin "Sammy" Peralta Sosa, Dominican baseball player
Samuel E. Feinberg, birth name of Sammy Fain, American composer
Samuel Anthony "Sam" Mikulak, American artistic gymnast
Samuel Adrian "Sammy" Baugh, American football player
Samuel Paul "Sammy" Kershaw, American country music singer
Samuel Zarnocay, Jr., birth name of Sammy Kaye, American bandleader
Samuel Baxter "Sammy" McIlroy, Northern Irish footballer
Samuel Lee "Sammy" Green, American football player
Samuel de Luque aka Vegetta777, Spanish YouTuber
Samuel Kim Arredondo, Korean-American pop singer based in South Korea; former member of the duo 1Punch
Samuel Umtiti, French professional footballer
Samuel Ludwik Twardowski, Polish poet
Samuel Seabury, American bishop and author
Samuel "Sam" Irons (b. 1978), English actor and photographer; son of actors Jeremy Irons and Sinéad Cusack
Samuel Patrick, son of American actor Robert Patrick
Samuel Wyatt Cohn (b. 2006), son of American television journalist Elizabeth Vargas
Samuel Jason "Sammy" Black (b. 2006), son of actor/musician Jack Black
Samuel Kai Schreiber (b. 2008), son of actors Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts
Samuel Garner Affleck (b. 2012), son of actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
Samuel Hawke Turner (b. 2014), son of country music singer Josh Turner
Samuel Joseph (b. 2016), son of Savannah Mooney of TV's "16 and Pregnant"
Samuel Thomas Lowe (b.2016), son of reality TV personalities Sean and Catherine Lowe
Samuel Scott Dillard (b.2017), son of reality TV stars Jill (Duggar) and Derick Dillard

Pop Culture References for the name Samuel

Samuel Llewellyn Cornick, character in Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
Samuel "Sam" Drake, character from the Uncharted game series
Samuel "Sam" Temple, main character in Michael Grant's Gone series
Samuel "Sam" Winchester, character on TV's Supernatural
Samuel "Sam" Whiskey, main character in the Transformers franchise
Samuel Oak, Kanto professor in video game "Pokémon".
Samuel "Sam" Healy, character on TV series "Orange is the New Black"
Samuel "Sam" Alexander, aka Nova, character from Marvel Universe
Samuel Thomas "Sam" Wilson, aka Falcon, character from Marvel Universe
Samuel Zachary "Sam" Guthrie, aka Cannonball, character from Marvel Universe
Samuel "Sammy" Lieberman, character on TV series "Dance Academy"
Samuel Norbert Avery, deceased son of April Kepner and Jackson Avery on "Grey's Anatomy"
Samuel J. Sullivan, aka "Nugget", the main character from "The 5th Wave" book series by Rick Yancey
Samuel Joseph "Sam" Scudder aka Mirror Master, character from DC Universe
Samuel Ratchett aka Lenfranco Cassetti, character from Hercule Poirot series
Samuel Adams, American beer brand named after the revolutionary
Samual Vanderboom, character in Rusty Lake: Roots
Samuel "Sam" Malone, main character in "Cheers"

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

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) Zamiel (German) Samouel (Greek) Samuli (Finnish) Samaru (Japanese) Samuele (Italian)


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.