Samuel Name Meaning

A biblical name of epic proportions, Samuel is derived from the Hebrew Shemu’el, meaning “name of God.” His use is widespread, stretching across the world in many languages including Spanish, German, and French.

Samuel is likable and friendly, his nicknames Sam and Sammy both conjuring up boy next door images. Samuel is as well known as Michael or James yet not as common, managing to retain his appeal without feeling overused or bland. Like Silas or Sebastian, he’s an old-school S name choice with modern appeal.

As his meaning suggests, Samuel is a deeply religious name rooted in Judaism and Christianity. In the Old Testament, Samuel was the son of Hannah and Elkanah and lead the Israelites to victory as a prophet of God. He was a devoted and fair man, going on to become the first king of Israel. In addition, Samuel has been the name of politicians and authors, notably the birth name of none other than American treasure Mark Twain.

Samuel is a name with heart and conviction. His history of strong leaders give him a backbone made for standing up for what’s right, time and time again. He’s strong and resilient, ready to give each day his all.

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Samuel Name Popularity

How popular is the name Samuel? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 32 1,085 0.3082%
1911 30 1,372 0.3684%
1912 30 2,585 0.5126%
1913 36 2,841 0.5011%
1914 36 3,693 0.5299%
1915 39 4,340 0.4777%
1916 41 4,391 0.4546%
1917 42 4,483 0.4481%
1918 43 4,771 0.4445%
1919 43 4,472 0.4271%
1920 44 4,648 0.418%
1921 44 4,749 0.4147%
1922 43 4,594 0.4124%
1923 45 4,571 0.4081%
1924 45 4,589 0.3952%
1925 46 4,396 0.3889%
1926 48 4,174 0.3795%
1927 49 4,182 0.3778%
1928 52 3,838 0.3587%
1929 53 3,546 0.3423%
1930 55 3,512 0.3362%
1931 56 3,365 0.3409%
1932 56 3,390 0.3431%
1933 61 3,099 0.3326%
1934 66 3,126 0.3234%
1935 62 3,130 0.3221%
1936 67 2,884 0.2994%
1937 66 3,010 0.3055%
1938 62 3,235 0.316%
1939 63 3,237 0.3182%
1940 65 3,355 0.3156%
1941 65 3,530 0.3136%
1942 59 4,181 0.3311%
1943 62 4,121 0.3157%
1944 62 3,938 0.3177%
1945 62 3,947 0.3236%
1946 70 4,513 0.3058%
1947 72 5,098 0.3054%
1948 70 4,996 0.313%
1949 62 5,350 0.3326%
1950 62 5,221 0.3243%
1951 67 5,468 0.3225%
1952 67 5,650 0.3237%
1953 70 5,419 0.3062%
1954 71 5,634 0.3082%
1955 71 5,525 0.3004%
1956 74 5,571 0.295%
1957 82 5,231 0.2718%
1958 85 5,034 0.2664%
1959 86 4,948 0.2604%
1960 91 4,706 0.2484%
1961 89 4,670 0.2474%
1962 88 4,535 0.247%
1963 87 4,508 0.2511%
1964 86 4,464 0.2536%
1965 84 4,388 0.2683%
1966 81 4,152 0.2659%
1967 69 4,228 0.2786%
1968 66 4,114 0.274%
1969 64 4,429 0.2875%
1970 62 4,559 0.2865%
1971 65 4,404 0.2931%
1972 66 4,215 0.3095%
1973 66 4,267 0.3291%
1974 60 4,673 0.3595%
1975 61 4,621 0.3596%
1976 59 5,028 0.3901%
1977 60 5,263 0.3904%
1978 57 5,392 0.4011%
1979 55 5,684 0.4031%
1980 54 6,011 0.4111%
1981 54 6,037 0.4107%
1982 56 6,010 0.4022%
1983 54 6,200 0.4201%
1984 55 6,362 0.4277%
1985 54 7,003 0.4614%
1986 52 7,573 0.5017%
1987 50 8,573 0.5618%
1988 45 9,557 0.6133%
1989 47 10,103 0.6261%
1990 45 10,885 0.6567%
1991 39 11,229 0.6889%
1992 40 11,338 0.7103%
1993 37 11,704 0.7507%
1994 33 12,142 0.7912%
1995 33 12,432 0.8249%
1996 30 13,622 0.9098%
1997 27 14,228 0.962%
1998 28 13,907 0.9292%
1999 27 14,032 0.937%
2000 28 14,170 0.9276%
2001 26 14,790 0.9816%
2002 25 14,559 0.9715%
2003 23 14,662 0.9638%
2004 23 14,106 0.9255%
2005 21 14,251 0.9321%
2006 25 13,632 0.8706%
2007 25 13,352 0.8463%
2008 27 12,751 0.825%
2009 24 12,146 0.8126%
2010 24 11,959 0.8299%
2011 26 11,340 0.7959%
2012 25 11,447 0.8033%
2013 25 11,110 0.7803%
2014 23 10,987 0.7541%
2015 23 10,853 0.7459%
2016 21 10,554 0.732%
2017 21 10,323 0.7396%
2018 21 9,734 0.7085%
2019 22 9,237 0.6823%
2020 24 8,355 0.6564%
2021 23 8,501 0.6954%
2022 19 8,215 0.6227%

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Names Like Samuel

If you like Samuel, you’ll love these other names like Samuel.

What names are diminutives of Samuel?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Samuel sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Samuel, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

A short form of Samson and Samuel.



On high, exalted



God heard



God heard



Name, fame


What names are variants of Samuel?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Samuel.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

God heard



God heard


What names sound like Samuel?

If you like how Samuel sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Samuel.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

God listens



God will hear



Helper of God



Belonging to God






Good friend

Arabic, Indian (Sanskrit)


He Who Walks Over Much

Native American








God heard


What names are similar to Samuel?

Find a name that’s like Samuel, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender




Father of nations



A favorite son






He will laugh



God is gracious



Jehovah will increase



From Lucania



Gift of God





Lists With Samuel

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Samuel.

Siblings of Samuel

Mamas with kids named Samuel also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

Who is Like God?






To join






Noble strength



Bright and clear



Follower of Christ



God is my oath






Fugitive; giving shelter



Noble born



Created name



My God is Yahweh






Desired one



Son of the steward






Son of Maud









Youthful and downy



  1. We named him after the prophet Samuel.

  2. He had a long names list and we highlighted 10 of them, but Samuel seems to be the best name for his dad and I. Now that he’s here, we’re obsessed with our little one and we believe we chose the right name for him. ????

  3. We chose Samuel’s name because it means “prayed for”. He was a prayed for baby for many years…. 8 to be exact. We waited along time for him but it was well worth the wait.

  4. We chose Samuel in memory of a dear friend of ours. I love that it is an old classic name. We will call him Sam.

  5. We chose Samuel because my husband had a dream while we were engaged that we had a son named Samuel. I love that there are so many nickname variations for the name. For example, Sammy, Sam and my brothers favorite, Sammich. There are not any things I don’t like about the name.

  6. We chose Samuel because it is a family name on both sides, it is his father’s pen name and is the name of many Prophets of God.

  7. My baby boy is named after his daddy. Samuel David

  8. We had tried and prayed to get pregnant for a few years. We had 2 miscarriages and finally got pregnant with this sweet baby. from 1 Samuel 1:27. For this child I have prayed.

  9. We chose Samuel because we wanted him to be able to have a special connection to a Biblical prophet just like his father Daniel does.

  10. Well, I was at work one day and i helped a costumer and his name was Samuel. As soon as I heard that name, i knew this Samuel was from the Lord. I went home to look up the name, what it meant and the story behind it.
    Samuel is a Hebrew name that means God has heard. The story is in the Bible and it is beautiful. I prayed and cried out to God to bless me with a baby after loosing one before him.

  11. Always has been one of my favorite names! We have friends with a 10 year old with the same name, but I think when it comes to your own family, pick a name you love regardless of whether someone picked it previously or not. It will make you happy calling out their name for the rest of your life!

  12. It was a nickname for his grandfather and we thought it goes well with our other baby’s name – Harry . It will get abbreviated to Sam

  13. I had planned to name him Josiah, but the moment I saw him, I didn’t think it was a good fit. Once I realized how alone we were going to be (just the two of us), I knew he needed a strong name. His sperm donor of a father suggested naming him after an actor. Who but Samuel L. Jackson popped into my head? Later, I found out that Samuel was a popular family name 2 generations earlier.

  14. We thought it was a classic sounding name but not too old school. Also, it isn’t a very common name but is still easy to spell and say.

  15. We chose Samuel because
    1) it is a name that is easy to pronounce in Russian and English for all of our family be able to say the name right:)
    2) Samuel is a wonderful Biblical character and we dedicate our baby to the Lord just as Anna did in the Bible with her son.

  16. As soon as we found out I was pregnant my husband said if we had a boy he wanted to name him after his grandfather, and that was totally fine by me! I love naming my son after a strong, loving, patient, and kind man. We also love the meaning of Samuel and the Bible verse in Samuel chapter 3 “Speak, for your servant is listening.” My husband and I have frequently felt called by the Lord in various ways through our lives and we know that through that, we were brought to each other. We love our little man so incredibly much. Literally makes me cry every time I think about how much I love him (that could just be the postpartum hormones though).

  17. We didn’t know what to name our son and couldnt agree on names. During my third trimester my husband had a dream we named him Samuel. We took it as a sign.

  18. It’s just a name we liked. I saw it in a list of old-fashioned boys’ names and the only Samuel I knew was a client I don’t hate, so it went on the list. We didn’t know he was a boy or have firm names picked out for either gender, so once he was born, it was pretty clear that he was a Samuel.

  19. We prayed for him, and he is dedicated to God.

  20. though that’s short too.

  21. Dan sounds male, though…

  22. Daniel is actually long, though it sounds neutral because of the Dan.
    Samuel looks male, and it even sounds longer. Sam sounds neutral, though Samuel sounds male because of the U.

  23. Names that end in “el” sound neutral, though it’s primarily male, the “el” is short and that makes it sound
    neutral. One thing, names that end in short soundings and names that are short sound neutral. Plus, Joel is short,
    though it sounds male because of the Joe. But Samuel sounds male, though it looks longer.

  24. We named our son Samuel because we both never thought we would get to have him. We got married in our early 40’s, I have two kids from a previous relationship and my husband didn’t have any. We prayed for him and God heard and honored our request.

  25. Very masculine name from the bible.

  26. I chose the name Samuel because he was the man of God who was chosen by God to work for him before he was even born and also it’s because I love the name Samuel

  27. We named Samuel after the prophet in the Bible and my husband’s great (to the 5th) grandfather that immigrated to America from Ireland.

  28. A Bible name

  29. We chose the name Samuel after I had a dream we had a boy and named him Samuel. We don’t go by Sam – but that is the only thing that I don’t like, is when people automatically call him Sam. He corrects them and says no my name is Samuel 🙂

  30. Samuel in the Old Testament was not a king but he was the last of the judges. He anointed king Saul and David.

  31. We chose the name Samuel because it’s a classic name that didn’t communicate a particular identity for our child in advance of him developing his own, and would grow with him well into adulthood. We also particularly liked the nickname “Sam“, as we could very easily imagine a little baby, child, teen, and grown man with that nickname. Lastly, we liked that it’s a Biblical name without being overtly denominational. It just felt right!

  32. It’s his father’s middle name and I love it for 1 Samuel 1:27. I prayed for this child and the Lord answered my prayers

  33. My sister actually gave me the name. I have been struggling with infertility for years and praying for a miracle. One day she had the name Samuel pop up in her head. She decided to look up the meaning and its God heard. When I found out I was pregnant with a boy I knew his name!

  34. We chose Samuel because our story reflected that of Hannah and Samuel in the Bible. We had prayed for this child and we chose very early to dedicate this child to the Lord, to be used for His plan and purposes. God preserved the life of our child through a very complicated pregnancy and then when I went to deliver the Lord confirmed that his name should be Samuel multiple times a day, as we had interactions with people named Sam or Samuel, nurses children being named Samuel, and our discharge nurse being named Sam. We prayed that the Lord would confirm his name through the pregnancy and through His word, friends, and strangers God continued to highlight the name Samuel. We know God heard our prayers and has big plans for our son.

  35. Samuel Jacob. I got Samuel from TV show Supernatural and plus it’s a good strong biblical name. His middle name Jacob I got from the movie saga Twilight.

  36. I chose Samuel because it was a classic and strong name with roots to my family’s Jewish heritage. I also loved that it could be shortened to Sam or Sammy. I love a name that a child can grow into. It’s simply my favorite name.

  37. Samuel is a family name on my husbands side. It’s my husband name, his fathers name and his grandfathers name

  38. In a lot of television, samuel, or some derivative of same, is often the name of the supporting actor who is a loyal ride or die friend.

    I love theophilic names and Samuel is an ancient one that is also contemporary.

    I named my son Samuel and I believe he will grow into it and have all the wonderful characteristics Samuels have.

  39. I love that we named our boy Samuel. Sammy is the sweetest, most unassuming name. it’s natural and comfortable.

  40. He is just perfect and I’m in love

  41. Beautiful baby

  42. My husband and I both believe that the Lord spoke this name to my husband during a Thanksgiving community Church service. It means “God heard”
    I love his name, it fits him so well.

  43. My husband and I were having a lot of trouble deciding on a name. We were going to go with Nathaniel but something stopped us.
    Then his sister said she was going to name her son dean after a supernatural character. Which is one thing her and I share so greatly. It’s about two brothers named dean and Samuel. So I’m light of that I asked if he was okay with the name Samuel aka Sammy. He loved it! Not because of the show like myself but because he just enjoyed the name so it was a win win and Sam and dean are going to grow up a duo just like the show.

  44. My husband really liked the name Samuel. I liked that it was a name from the Bible, a prophet. We liked how we could shorten the name to Sam.

  45. The name means God hears, and his middle name Emmet means truth. We believe in the One true God, and just like in the scriptures, Samuel was given as an answer to his mother’s prayer(aand in our case also his father’s, as he had all but given up in his dream of having a family of his own). He also was born at home, a successful hba2c. I had him in a healing second marriage that proves that having the right partner made so much difference!

  46. He is named after my great grandfather who raised me because my father was in the military and he thought I needed a man in my life to raise me.

  47. I named my son Samuel even befor I conceived him.
    If your among those who believes in God , for real God proved him self with my son . There is a gospel son about the story of Samuel in the Bible, I was always singing praises and crying to God to restore my pregnancy as I lost the first pregnancy a month before I miraculously conceived Samuel the following month. My reason for choosing Samuel cos he his indeed a child of God and he his going to work for God by the grace of almighty God who made it possible

  48. My mother in law’s maiden name is Samuels. We loved the name and also the nickname Sam or Sammy. It also goes well with our last name.

  49. Biblical name.

  50. We knew we wanted to use a Biblical nameand I love the meaning of Samuel- God hasheard. I have always wanted to be a mom and felt that God truly heard my prayers in giving us this child. “For this child I have prayed, and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart.” 1 Samuel 1:27

  51. I chose Samuel because it sounds strong. It’s a classic name with a wonderful flow to it and the cutest nicknames.

  52. Samuel is our promised child. Before getting pregnant, and even before having thoughts of another child, we had three people tell me that God wanted to bless us with a son. At that point, we had a 10 and a 5 year old already and we weren’t thinking of another child. We were happy with our family of 4. However, after the third person told me God’s plan for us, I prayed about it. Sure enough the story of Hannah was something I was drawn to. I just knew that Samuel was the name God was telling me. I looked up the meaning in Hebrew and it means “told by God”. It fit perfectly for what was happening to us that I couldn’t deny it coming from God. I knew that only God could change my husband’s heart about having another child so I prayed and waited. Sure enough, a year later, my husband changed his mind. After two miscarriages, I held on to God’s promise and God gave us our promised boy on Feb 9th, 2019. He turned 6 months today.

  53. We chose the name Samuel for our 4th child because of Hannah’s story in the Bible. She prays and prays for a child after being barren for a long time and the Lord blesses her with a son, Samuel, which means, “God heard.” Even though this is our 4th child, we tried very hard for years for this child (and lost another baby during that time as well). Having done our best and relying on God’s plan for our family, we, like Hannah, were finally blessed with this sweet baby, our Samuel! We are all so in love with him and he was worth the wait!

  54. I wanted a bit before name that started with an S and I remember the story about Samuel and I said Don got one that be a nice name to name my child

  55. We wanted a strong biblical name

  56. Hi mummies,
    My name is Rosaria, well I am so delighted to share how I chose my son’s name. I chose ” Samuel” I love the story of Hannah in the book of 1 Samuel, I picked this name because God really gave me exactly what I asked for, hence I also gave him fully to God who gave me.. My son is a God given so the name “Samuel”….

  57. One of the main reasons we chose the name Samuel is because of it’s meaning, “God has heard”. After close to 4 years of countless doctors visits and doctors telling me I’d probably never be able to conceive or would have to undergo costly fertility treatments, God answered our prayers and blessed us with a son. His full name is Samuel David (David means “Beloved”). Another reason, we love Samuel is because although my husband and I speak fluent English, our parents/grandparents do not (they speak predominantly Spanish). We wanted a name that would be easy to pronounce/spell in both languages, and Samuel fit the bill!

  58. I chose Samuel once we found out that we were carrying a boy. I had prayed to conceive that little one and once we did and we were able to find out the gender it made sense to name him Samuel as I could totally relate to Hannah (from the bible).

  59. Strong and classic but not overused. Means “heard by God” and he is our blessing. Goes well with his sibling Clara.

  60. Samuel Francis was named for his paternal great grandfather and St. Francis of Assisi.

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