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.

  • In 2018 Samuel was the 21st most popular boys name, representing 0.7085% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Samuel has been the 43rd most popular boys name, representing 0.4911% of boy births in the U.S.

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 0.796%
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 0.7397%
2018 21 9,734 0.7085%

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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
Sam

A short form of Samson and Samuel.

American

#585 (0.0303%)  
Sami

On high, exalted

Arabic

#1,074 (0.0081%)  
Sammie

God heard

Hebrew

Sammy

God heard

Hebrew

#1,263 (0.0054%)  
Shem

Name, fame

Hebrew


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
Samual
Samuele

God heard

Hebrew

Samuello

God heard

Hebrew


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
Ishmael

God listens

Hebrew

#1,242 (0.0057%)  
Ismael

God will hear

Spanish

#352 (0.0649%)  
Kemuel

Helper of God

Hebrew

#2,720 (0.0004%)  
Lemuel

Belonging to God

Hebrew

#1,802 (0.0018%)  
Saman

Jasmine

Persian

Samir
#710 (0.0199%)  
Samoset

He Who Walks Over Much

Native American

Sampson

Sun

Hebrew

#2,548 (0.0004%)  
Samson

Sun

Hebrew

#532 (0.0348%)  
Samwell

God heard

Hebrew


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
Abel

Breath

Hebrew

#146 (0.1933%)  
Abraham

Father of nations

Hebrew

#165 (0.1687%)  
Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

#6 (0.974%)  
David

Beloved

Hebrew

#22 (0.7058%)  
Isaac

He will laugh

Hebrew

#34 (0.6127%)  
John

God is gracious

Hebrew

#27 (0.6637%)  
Joseph

Jehovah will increase

Hebrew

#23 (0.6955%)  
Luke

From Lucania

Greek

#29 (0.6243%)  
Matthew

Gift of God

Hebrew

#20 (0.7223%)  
Paul

Small

Latin

#231 (0.1173%)  

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
Clara

Bright and clear

Latin

#102 (0.2089%)  
Layla

Night

Arabic

#27 (0.4701%)  
Elsie

God is my oath

English

#268 (0.0844%)  
Christian

Follower of Christ

Latin

#55 (0.4733%)  
Katherine

Pure

Greek

#110 (0.1935%)  
Michael

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

#14 (0.8458%)  
Megan

Welsh

#520 (0.038%)  
Rebecca

To join

Hebrew

#207 (0.1033%)  
Audrey

Noble strength

English

#46 (0.3385%)  
Skyler

Fugitive; giving shelter

Danish

#472 (0.0411%)  
Owen

Noble born

Welsh

#25 (0.676%)  
Annalise

Created name

German

#411 (0.0506%)  
Elijah

My God is Yahweh

Hebrew

#7 (0.9379%)  

21 Comments

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

  2. Beautiful baby

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Biblical name.

  11. 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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. We wanted a strong biblical name

  17. 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”….

  18. 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!

  19. 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).

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

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


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