Samson

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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Samson

"Samson" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Sun or Service". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sam"son
An Israelite of Bible record (see Judges xiii.), distinguished for his great strength; hence, a man of extraordinary physical strength.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A large and strong and heavyset man
  2. (Old Testament) a judge of Israel who performed herculean feats of strength against the Philistines until he was betrayed to them by his mistress Delilah
Wiktionary

From Hebrew שִׁמְשׁוֹן.

  1. An Israelite judge in the Old Testament who performed feats of strength against the Philistines but was betrayed by Delilah his mistress. (biblical character)
  2. (by extension) Any very strong man.
  3. A male given name.
  4. An English surname derived from the given name.

Samson was also found in the following language(s): Faroese and French

Notable Persons Named Samson

Samson Reinhart is a hockey player for the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League. His most notable accomplishments were from 2014 to present. Samson was born on November 6th, 1995 in North Vancouver (city).

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Samson Siasia is a soccer player for the Bridge FC, Bendel United F.C., El-Kanemi Warriors F.C., K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen, FC Nantes, F.C. Tirsense, Al-Hilal FC, Perth Glory FC, Hapoel Tzafririm Holon F.C., and Nigeria national football team. Samson was born on August 14th, 1967 in Lagos.

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Samson François is a classical music artist. He plays Piano.

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Samson Lee is a rugby player. Samson was born on November 30th, 1992 in Llanelli.

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Samson Fox was an engineer, industrialist, and philanthropist. Samson was born on July 11th, 1838 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. He left this life on October 24th, 1903.

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Samson H. Chowdhury was an entrepreneur. His career lasted from 1952 to 2012. Samson was born on February 25th, 1926 in Pabna. He died on January 5th, 2012.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Samson

Steven Bauer is an actor. He was most prominent from 1977 to present. Steven was given the name Esteban Ernesto Echevarría Samson on December 2nd, 1956 in Havana, Cuba.

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JD Samson is a musician. JD was born on August 4th, 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

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Elias was born on November 22nd, 1987 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Polly Samson is a journalism, novelist, songwriter, and journalist. Polly was given the name Polly Anne Samson on April 29th, 1962 in London.

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Doc Samson is a comics character.

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Leela was born on May 6th, 1951 in Coonoor.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1892 8 0 8
1897 6 0 6
1898 5 0 5
1900 6 0 6
1903 5 0 5
1904 7 0 7
1911 7 0 7
1912 9 0 9
1913 11 0 11
1914 18 0 18
1915 12 0 12
1916 20 0 20
1917 16 0 16
1918 21 0 21
1919 21 0 21
1920 19 0 19
1921 20 0 20
1922 16 0 16
1923 13 0 13
1924 17 0 17
1925 25 0 25
1926 11 0 11
1927 16 0 16
1928 21 0 21
1929 11 0 11
1930 18 0 18
1931 16 0 16
1932 17 0 17
1933 10 0 10
1934 13 0 13
1935 16 0 16
1936 16 0 16
1937 8 0 8
1938 13 0 13
1939 11 0 11
1940 16 0 16
1941 14 0 14
1942 12 0 12
1943 18 0 18
1944 18 0 18
1945 15 0 15
1946 12 0 12
1947 16 0 16
1948 13 0 13
1949 11 0 11
1950 25 0 25
1951 23 0 23
1952 27 0 27
1953 26 0 26
1954 22 0 22
1955 23 0 23
1956 30 0 30
1957 22 0 22
1958 25 0 25
1959 20 0 20
1960 21 0 21
1961 29 0 29
1962 24 0 24
1963 24 0 24
1964 31 0 31
1965 21 0 21
1966 22 0 22
1967 25 0 25
1968 31 0 31
1969 28 0 28
1970 34 0 34
1971 48 0 48
1972 35 0 35
1973 42 0 42
1974 52 0 52
1975 40 0 40
1976 62 0 62
1977 76 0 76
1978 60 0 60
1979 80 0 80
1980 87 0 87
1981 85 0 85
1982 84 0 84
1983 85 0 85
1984 95 0 95
1985 109 0 109
1986 74 0 74
1987 89 0 89
1988 131 0 131
1989 97 0 97
1990 126 0 126
1991 108 0 108
1992 119 0 119
1993 123 0 123
1994 131 0 131
1995 122 0 122
1996 116 0 116
1997 135 0 135
1998 138 0 138
1999 155 0 155
2000 174 0 174
2001 172 0 172
2002 183 0 183
2003 158 0 158
2004 176 0 176
2005 150 0 150
2006 220 0 220
2007 225 0 225
2008 214 0 214
2009 241 0 241
2010 243 0 243
2011 242 0 242
2012 280 0 280
2013 360 0 360
2014 419 0 419
2015 432 0 432
2016 477 0 477
2017 430 0 430

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Popularity of Samson as a first name

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Popularity of Samson as a last name

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Common last names for Samson

  • Smith
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  • Williams
  • Miller
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Samson U.S.
  White 62.88% 64.26%
  African American 9.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 20.72% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.76% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.39% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Samson

People with the last name Samson are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Samson

  • What name lists does Samson rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Samson? Samson is the 2,741st most popular name of all time. As a last name Samson was the 3,246th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Samson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,657 babies born with the first name Samson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Samson to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Samson? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1892 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Samson first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Samson is Sunday, February 11th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Samson born? The highest recorded use of the first name Samson was in 2016 with a total of 477 babies.
  • Random Samson Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Samson ranks 99th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 15 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Samson: Your name in reverse order is Nosmas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Snsmao. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Samson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,123 people with the last name Samson.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Samson? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Samson as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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