Samantha

First Name
572k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
146
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Samantha mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Samantha

"Samantha" is a name of American origin, and it means "Combined Name". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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The etymology is uncertain. It has been recorded in the 17th century in England https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3Asamantha&birth_year0=1600 Most probably a feminine form of Samuel, possibly influenced by Anthea. Other suggestions include the Aramaic noun ܫܡܥܢܬܐ (šemʿanta, “listener”), from ܫܡܥ. In India, Samantha can be interpreted as a variant spelling of Samanta, from the Sanskrit word meaning "universal, adjacent".

  1. A female given name.

Samantha was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Samantha

Samantha Ruth Prabhu is an actress and model. Samantha was born Samantha Ruth Prabhu on April 28th, 1987 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Samantha Bee is a comedian, writer, producer, actress, media critic, and television host. She has had major accomplishments since 2003. Samantha was born on October 25th, 1969 in Toronto.

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Samantha Fox is a disco, pop music, dance music, house music, and freestyle music musician. She was most active from 1983 to 1987. Samantha was given the name Samantha Karen Fox on April 15th, 1966 in Mile End. Samantha is also known as Sam Fox.

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Samantha Morton is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1991. Samantha was given the name Samantha Jane Morton on May 13th, 1977 in Nottingham, England.

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Sam Taylor-Johnson is a film director and artist. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Sam was given the name Samantha Louise Taylor-Wood on March 4th, 1967 in Croydon, London, England.

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Samantha Stosur is a tennis player. Samantha was born on March 30th, 1984 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Samantha

Queen Samantha is a funk and disco musician and singer-songwriter. They plays Vocals. They have been prominent since 1978. Queen was given the name Gloria Brooks .

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 21 21 0
1881 12 12 0
1882 15 15 0
1883 17 17 0
1884 16 16 0
1885 17 17 0
1886 13 13 0
1887 16 16 0
1888 18 18 0
1889 14 14 0
1890 15 15 0
1891 20 20 0
1892 20 20 0
1893 20 20 0
1894 16 16 0
1895 16 16 0
1896 18 18 0
1897 13 13 0
1898 21 21 0
1899 15 15 0
1900 27 27 0
1901 16 16 0
1902 15 15 0
1903 5 5 0
1904 8 8 0
1905 12 12 0
1906 13 13 0
1907 16 16 0
1908 13 13 0
1909 10 10 0
1910 10 10 0
1911 15 15 0
1912 20 20 0
1913 13 13 0
1914 20 20 0
1915 20 20 0
1916 20 20 0
1917 23 23 0
1918 17 17 0
1919 23 23 0
1920 26 26 0
1921 29 29 0
1922 28 28 0
1923 22 22 0
1924 15 15 0
1925 19 19 0
1926 9 9 0
1927 11 11 0
1928 14 14 0
1929 14 14 0
1930 14 14 0
1931 10 10 0
1932 16 16 0
1933 15 15 0
1934 15 15 0
1935 22 22 0
1936 20 20 0
1937 23 23 0
1938 17 17 0
1939 23 23 0
1940 19 19 0
1941 20 20 0
1942 24 24 0
1943 28 28 0
1944 24 24 0
1945 31 31 0
1946 33 33 0
1947 29 29 0
1948 40 40 0
1949 44 44 0
1950 36 36 0
1951 38 38 0
1952 38 38 0
1953 31 31 0
1954 30 30 0
1955 27 27 0
1956 31 31 0
1957 38 38 0
1958 109 109 0
1959 111 111 0
1960 82 82 0
1961 72 72 0
1962 76 76 0
1963 72 72 0
1964 418 418 0
1965 1,969 1,961 8
1966 1,794 1,794 0
1967 1,805 1,805 0
1968 2,343 2,337 6
1969 2,433 2,423 10
1970 2,307 2,298 9
1971 2,223 2,208 15
1972 2,230 2,223 7
1973 2,128 2,118 10
1974 2,264 2,252 12
1975 2,846 2,834 12
1976 3,368 3,353 15 #85 girl name
1977 3,294 3,287 7 #85 girl name
1978 3,905 3,887 18 #74 girl name
1979 4,477 4,461 16 #66 girl name
1980 4,933 4,921 12 #58 girl name
1981 5,537 5,521 16 #51 girl name
1982 6,793 6,771 22 #44 girl name
1983 7,738 7,706 32 #40 girl name
1984 8,056 8,033 23 #39 girl name
1985 10,691 10,658 33 #29 girl name
1986 14,146 14,092 54 #21 girl name
1987 18,012 17,941 71 #11 girl name
1988 20,770 20,699 71 #8 girl name
1989 24,911 24,791 120 #6 girl name
1990 25,924 25,866 58 #5 girl name
1991 25,693 25,644 49 #5 girl name
1992 24,446 24,408 38 #6 girl name
1993 23,702 23,668 34 #4 girl name
1994 22,849 22,818 31 #4 girl name
1995 21,679 21,645 34 #4 girl name
1996 20,583 20,548 35 #5 girl name
1997 20,188 20,169 19 #6 girl name
1998 20,221 20,193 28 #3 girl name
1999 19,071 19,036 35 #5 girl name
2000 17,287 17,266 21 #7 girl name
2001 15,878 15,862 16 #7 girl name
2002 14,685 14,662 23 #9 girl name
2003 13,877 13,865 12 #10 girl name
2004 13,821 13,782 39 #9 girl name
2005 13,653 13,636 17 #8 girl name
2006 12,478 12,460 18 #10 girl name
2007 11,884 11,877 7 #12 girl name
2008 11,192 11,178 14 #11 girl name
2009 9,674 9,658 16 #14 girl name
2010 8,422 8,405 17 #15 girl name
2011 7,393 7,393 0 #17 girl name
2012 6,932 6,924 8 #26 girl name
2013 6,508 6,502 6 #29 girl name
2014 5,735 5,723 12 #33 girl name
2015 5,343 5,336 7 #40 girl name
2016 4,951 4,946 5 #44 girl name
2017 4,308 4,303 5 #54 girl name

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Popularity of Samantha as a first name

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Common last names for Samantha

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Nelson
  • Wilson
  • Jackson
  • Anderson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Samantha U.S.
  White 73.97% 64.26%
  African American 4.11% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.85% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 13.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Samantha

People with the last name Samantha are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Samantha

  • What name lists does Samantha rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Samantha? Samantha is the 103rd most popular name of all time. In 2017 Samantha was the 54th most popular name. As a last name Samantha was the 118,853rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Samantha have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 571,862 babies born with the first name Samantha in the United States. That's more than enough people named Samantha to occupy the country of Western Sahara with an estimated population of 567,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Samantha? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 21 new born babies.
  • When was Samantha first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Samantha is Sunday, November 25th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Samantha born? The highest recorded use of the first name Samantha was in 1990 with a total of 25,866 babies. That's a lot of babies named Samantha!
  • Random Samantha Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Samantha ranks 11th in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, 258 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Samantha: Your name in reverse order is Ahtnamas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Atansham. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Samantha? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 146 people with the last name Samantha.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Samantha? Samantha is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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