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Sam

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How popular is the baby name Sam in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 457 0 457 #36 boy name
1881 481 0 481 #31 boy name
1882 555 0 555 #30 boy name
1883 476 0 476 #33 boy name
1884 533 0 533 #33 boy name
1885 492 0 492 #35 boy name
1886 519 0 519 #34 boy name
1887 463 0 463 #38 boy name
1888 612 5 607 #34 boy name
1889 492 6 486 #40 boy name
1890 496 7 489 #41 boy name
1891 418 0 418 #43 boy name
1892 551 0 551 #38 boy name
1893 488 7 481 #42 boy name
1894 515 8 507 #43 boy name
1895 492 5 487 #43 boy name
1896 518 0 518 #43 boy name
1897 483 5 478 #45 boy name
1898 543 0 543 #42 boy name
1899 469 0 469 #44 boy name
1900 832 11 821 #34 boy name
1901 486 7 479 #41 boy name
1902 566 7 559 #41 boy name
1903 552 0 552 #41 boy name
1904 608 5 603 #40 boy name
1905 628 8 620 #39 boy name
1906 558 6 552 #43 boy name
1907 639 8 631 #43 boy name
1908 649 5 644 #46 boy name
1909 708 8 700 #44 boy name
1910 901 13 888 #39 boy name
1911 934 6 928 #47 boy name
1912 1,338 13 1,325 #63 boy name
1913 1,550 23 1,527 #66 boy name
1914 1,898 18 1,880 #67 boy name
1915 2,366 27 2,339 #68 boy name
1916 2,336 23 2,313 #74 boy name
1917 2,469 14 2,455 #72 boy name
1918 2,528 23 2,505 #75 boy name
1919 2,420 36 2,384 #75 boy name
1920 2,306 23 2,283 #84 boy name
1921 2,392 26 2,366 #85 boy name
1922 2,377 28 2,349 #84 boy name
1923 2,231 24 2,207 #89 boy name
1924 2,149 30 2,119 #91 boy name
1925 2,119 25 2,094 #91 boy name
1926 2,056 22 2,034 #92 boy name
1927 1,925 23 1,902
1928 1,790 32 1,758
1929 1,760 30 1,730
1930 1,686 17 1,669
1931 1,478 20 1,458
1932 1,470 18 1,452
1933 1,369 18 1,351
1934 1,330 7 1,323
1935 1,373 10 1,363
1936 1,253 18 1,235
1937 1,229 13 1,216
1938 1,175 15 1,160
1939 1,131 9 1,122
1940 1,157 10 1,147
1941 1,203 12 1,191
1942 1,297 17 1,280
1943 1,336 15 1,321
1944 1,224 10 1,214
1945 1,145 7 1,138
1946 1,309 8 1,301
1947 1,424 8 1,416
1948 1,250 10 1,240
1949 1,111 8 1,103
1950 966 10 956
1951 1,047 15 1,032
1952 954 10 944
1953 894 12 882
1954 885 14 871
1955 883 11 872
1956 962 11 951
1957 1,082 10 1,072
1958 1,189 13 1,176
1959 1,310 13 1,297
1960 1,227 17 1,210
1961 1,211 16 1,195
1962 1,090 23 1,067
1963 1,026 9 1,017
1964 967 9 958
1965 789 16 773
1966 693 14 679
1967 621 11 610
1968 573 8 565
1969 592 8 584
1970 614 13 601
1971 549 9 540
1972 505 6 499
1973 483 6 477
1974 442 6 436
1975 429 9 420
1976 398 0 398
1977 361 5 356
1978 424 7 417
1979 384 7 377
1980 378 12 366
1981 383 0 383
1982 381 7 374
1983 371 11 360
1984 370 6 364
1985 358 11 347
1986 388 8 380
1987 487 6 481
1988 485 6 479
1989 508 5 503
1990 589 5 584
1991 597 7 590
1992 574 0 574
1993 573 11 562
1994 553 0 553
1995 569 0 569
1996 535 8 527
1997 489 5 484
1998 489 0 489
1999 497 0 497
2000 520 6 514
2001 563 10 553
2002 558 0 558
2003 578 0 578
2004 600 7 593
2005 568 12 556
2006 601 16 585
2007 621 9 612
2008 625 21 604
2009 595 15 580
2010 562 12 550
2011 558 14 544
2012 512 5 507
2013 490 14 476
2014 532 12 520
2015 526 12 514

Want to know about the popularity of the Sam baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 124,207 babies born with the name Sam in the United States. That's more than enough Sams to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 457 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Sam" was in 1918 with a total of 2,505 babies. (That's a lot of baby Sams)

According to the 1933 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Sam" ranks #85 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, 28 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1933. Across the entire United States a total of 1,369 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Sam" mean? The list below shows the origins of Sam as well as things modernly associated with the name Sam such as celebrities named Sam.

Origin and Meaning of Sam

The name "Sam" is of English origin, and it means "Short form of Samuel or Samantha". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adverb Sam
Together.

Etymology: AS. same. See Same (a.)

noun SAM
a Surface to Air Missile.

Etymology: acronym

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A guided missile fired from land or shipboard against an airborne target

Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1968 to present. Sam was born in 1944 as Samuel Pack Elliott in Sacramento, California, U.S.

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Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford is a NFL player. Sam was born in 1987 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Brody Jenner

Brody Jenner is a television personality and model with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Brody was born in 1983 as Sam Brody Jenner in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington is an actor and writer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Sam was born in 1976 as Samuel Henry John Worthington in Godalming, Surrey, England.

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Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1989 to present. Sam was born in 1968 in San Mateo, California, U.S.

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Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke is a singer-songwriter and entrepreneur specializing in soul, gospel, rhythm and blues music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1951 to 1964. Sam was born in 1931 as Samuel Cook in Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.

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Sam Neill

Sam Neill is an actor and voice actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1975 to present. Sam was born in 1947 as Nigel John Dermot Neill in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Sam

Sam And Nia
Sam Heughan
Sam Edelman
Sam Hunt
Sam Smith
Sam Harris
Sam Houston

Alternative Meanings

S is for sincere, a model of truth.

A is for abundant, your cheer knows no bounds.

M is for musical, your hidden talent!

Your name in reverse order is "Mas". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Asm". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Sam born Mar 10, 1955

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern New Zealand approximately on 425. Your profession was banker, usurer, moneylender, and judge.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn to love and to trust the Universe. You are bound to think, study, reflect and develop inner wisdom.

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