First name origins & meanings:

  1. Hebrew: To hear
  2. Hebrew: Like the sun; His ministry
  3. Hebrew: Heard God; asked God

First name variations: Sammie, Sammy, Samuel, Samouel, Samuele, Samuello, Sampson, Sanson, Sansone, Sammy, Samuele, Samuelson, Samelle, Sammy, Sammie, Shemuel, Schmuel, Shem, Samson, Samuel

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: from a pet form of the personal name Samson (see Samson).
  2. Dutch (van Sam): variant of Van den Sand (see Sand 2).
  3. Nigerian and Ghanaian: unexplained.
  4. Chinese: variant of Shen.
  5. Chinese: variant of Shum.
  6. Other Southeast Asian: unexplained.

Famous people with this first name: Sam Shepherd

Famous people who gave their babies this name: Charlie Sheen, Tiger Woods, Denise Richards, Bob Dylan, Michael Fox, Andrew McCarthy, Bruce Springsteen

This name appears in the following lists: Favorite Children's Book/Show Characters, Heroes and Heroines, Literary Characters, Rock Kings and Queens

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