Samuel

First Name
753k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
23k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Samuel mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Samuel

"Samuel" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "His name is god". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Old Testament) Hebrew prophet and judge who anointed Saul as king
Wiktionary

From Latin Samuel, from Hebrew שְׁמוּאֵל (Shmuel), "The one who listens to God".

  1. A male given name.
  2. One of two books of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  3. The primary author and central character of the first book of Samuel.

Samuel was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Samuel

Mark Twain was a writer. Mark was given the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30th, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, U.S. He left this life on April 21st, 1910.

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Samuel L. Jackson is an actor and film producer. He was most active from 1972 to present. Samuel was given the name Samuel Leroy Jackson on December 21st, 1948 in Washington, D.C., U.S.

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Sam Claflin is an actor. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. Sam was given the name Samuel George Claflin on June 27th, 1986 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK.

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Samuel Alito is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey. His military service ended in 1980. Samuel was born on April 1st, 1950 in Trenton, New Jersey.

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Sam Harris is an author, neuroscientist, non-profit executive, philosopher, and neuroscience. Sam was given the name Samuel Benjamin Harris on April 9th, 1967 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Sam Worthington is an actor and writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Sam was given the name Samuel Henry John Worthington on August 2nd, 1976 in Godalming, Surrey, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Samuel

Seal is a singer and songwriter. Seal was given the name Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel on February 19th, 1963 in London, England, Britain.

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Xavier Samuel is an actor. He has been prominent since 2003. Xavier was born on December 10th, 1983 in Hamilton, Victoria.

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Samuel is a saint. He holds the title Prophet and Seer.

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Benedict Samuel is an actor, writer, and director. He was most active from 2011 to 2011. Benedict was born on April 15th, 1988 in Sydney.

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Walter Samuel is a soccer player for the FC Basel, Newell's Old Boys, Boca Juniors, A.S. Roma, Real Madrid C.F., Inter Milan, Argentina national under-20 football team, and Argentina national football team. Walter was born on March 23rd, 1978 in Laborde, Argentina.

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Asante Samuel is a football player. Asante was born on January 6th, 1981 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,024 0 1,024 #17 boy name
1881 919 0 919 #17 boy name
1882 1,003 0 1,003 #17 boy name
1883 937 0 937 #17 boy name
1884 945 0 945 #17 boy name
1885 888 0 888 #18 boy name
1886 870 0 870 #18 boy name
1887 802 0 802 #18 boy name
1888 931 0 931 #18 boy name
1889 810 0 810 #20 boy name
1890 820 5 815 #20 boy name
1891 759 6 753 #20 boy name
1892 902 0 902 #20 boy name
1893 856 5 851 #20 boy name
1894 776 0 776 #26 boy name
1895 814 0 814 #25 boy name
1896 734 0 734 #31 boy name
1897 759 0 759 #28 boy name
1898 749 0 749 #32 boy name
1899 704 0 704 #30 boy name
1900 883 6 877 #33 boy name
1901 628 0 628 #33 boy name
1902 702 0 702 #33 boy name
1903 741 0 741 #31 boy name
1904 727 0 727 #34 boy name
1905 863 7 856 #30 boy name
1906 789 6 783 #33 boy name
1907 892 0 892 #32 boy name
1908 965 5 960 #33 boy name
1909 983 0 983 #32 boy name
1910 1,129 0 1,129 #32 boy name
1911 1,398 0 1,398 #30 boy name
1912 2,608 6 2,602 #30 boy name
1913 2,855 5 2,850 #36 boy name
1914 3,713 9 3,704 #35 boy name
1915 4,361 10 4,351 #39 boy name
1916 4,413 14 4,399 #41 boy name
1917 4,507 16 4,491 #42 boy name
1918 4,794 23 4,771 #43 boy name
1919 4,488 15 4,473 #43 boy name
1920 4,670 17 4,653 #44 boy name
1921 4,775 20 4,755 #44 boy name
1922 4,616 16 4,600 #43 boy name
1923 4,595 17 4,578 #45 boy name
1924 4,617 23 4,594 #45 boy name
1925 4,431 25 4,406 #46 boy name
1926 4,203 24 4,179 #48 boy name
1927 4,223 37 4,186 #49 boy name
1928 3,874 27 3,847 #52 boy name
1929 3,600 31 3,569 #53 boy name
1930 3,547 19 3,528 #55 boy name
1931 3,405 28 3,377 #56 boy name
1932 3,426 17 3,409 #56 boy name
1933 3,130 21 3,109 #61 boy name
1934 3,153 15 3,138 #66 boy name
1935 3,169 17 3,152 #62 boy name
1936 2,899 9 2,890 #67 boy name
1937 3,050 23 3,027 #66 boy name
1938 3,267 23 3,244 #62 boy name
1939 3,271 18 3,253 #63 boy name
1940 3,380 20 3,360 #65 boy name
1941 3,551 15 3,536 #65 boy name
1942 4,225 30 4,195 #59 boy name
1943 4,153 17 4,136 #62 boy name
1944 3,966 18 3,948 #62 boy name
1945 3,970 16 3,954 #62 boy name
1946 4,548 27 4,521 #70 boy name
1947 5,122 14 5,108 #72 boy name
1948 5,016 15 5,001 #70 boy name
1949 5,382 21 5,361 #62 boy name
1950 5,246 18 5,228 #62 boy name
1951 5,493 17 5,476 #67 boy name
1952 5,683 29 5,654 #67 boy name
1953 5,444 21 5,423 #70 boy name
1954 5,655 17 5,638 #71 boy name
1955 5,557 24 5,533 #71 boy name
1956 5,599 28 5,571 #74 boy name
1957 5,247 14 5,233 #82 boy name
1958 5,060 19 5,041 #85 boy name
1959 4,991 32 4,959 #86 boy name
1960 4,737 27 4,710 #91 boy name
1961 4,701 27 4,674 #89 boy name
1962 4,580 34 4,546 #88 boy name
1963 4,547 25 4,522 #87 boy name
1964 4,494 27 4,467 #86 boy name
1965 4,424 26 4,398 #84 boy name
1966 4,184 23 4,161 #81 boy name
1967 4,252 20 4,232 #69 boy name
1968 4,151 27 4,124 #66 boy name
1969 4,463 29 4,434 #64 boy name
1970 4,585 26 4,559 #62 boy name
1971 4,445 38 4,407 #66 boy name
1972 4,254 39 4,215 #66 boy name
1973 4,300 33 4,267 #66 boy name
1974 4,706 33 4,673 #60 boy name
1975 4,658 37 4,621 #61 boy name
1976 5,065 37 5,028 #59 boy name
1977 5,303 40 5,263 #60 boy name
1978 5,425 33 5,392 #57 boy name
1979 5,731 47 5,684 #55 boy name
1980 6,047 36 6,011 #54 boy name
1981 6,081 44 6,037 #54 boy name
1982 6,055 45 6,010 #56 boy name
1983 6,263 63 6,200 #54 boy name
1984 6,410 48 6,362 #55 boy name
1985 7,067 64 7,003 #54 boy name
1986 7,629 56 7,573 #52 boy name
1987 8,636 63 8,573 #50 boy name
1988 9,620 63 9,557 #45 boy name
1989 10,140 37 10,103 #47 boy name
1990 10,919 34 10,885 #45 boy name
1991 11,256 27 11,229 #39 boy name
1992 11,374 36 11,338 #40 boy name
1993 11,744 40 11,704 #37 boy name
1994 12,186 44 12,142 #33 boy name
1995 12,461 29 12,432 #33 boy name
1996 13,649 27 13,622 #30 boy name
1997 14,251 23 14,228 #27 boy name
1998 13,934 27 13,907 #28 boy name
1999 14,054 22 14,032 #27 boy name
2000 14,197 27 14,170 #28 boy name
2001 14,822 32 14,790 #26 boy name
2002 14,578 19 14,559 #25 boy name
2003 14,687 25 14,662 #23 boy name
2004 14,159 53 14,106 #23 boy name
2005 14,277 26 14,251 #21 boy name
2006 13,651 19 13,632 #25 boy name
2007 13,368 16 13,352 #25 boy name
2008 12,774 23 12,751 #27 boy name
2009 12,166 20 12,146 #24 boy name
2010 11,987 28 11,959 #24 boy name
2011 11,346 6 11,340 #26 boy name
2012 11,461 14 11,447 #25 boy name
2013 11,124 14 11,110 #25 boy name
2014 11,001 14 10,987 #23 boy name
2015 10,865 12 10,853 #23 boy name
2016 10,570 16 10,554 #21 boy name
2017 10,339 16 10,323 #21 boy name

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Popularity of Samuel as a first name

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Popularity of Samuel as a last name

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Common last names for Samuel

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Cohen
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • Robinson
  • Martin
  • Green
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Samuel U.S.
  White 23.04% 64.26%
  African American 53.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 15.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.91% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.83% 16.26%

Of Last Name Samuel

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

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Fun Facts about the name Samuel

  • What name lists does Samuel rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Samuel? Samuel is the 71st most popular name of all time. In 2017 Samuel was the 21st most popular name. As a last name Samuel was the 1,558th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Samuel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 752,803 babies born with the first name Samuel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Samuel to occupy the country of Equatorial Guinea with an estimated population of 740,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Samuel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,024 new born babies.
  • When was Samuel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Samuel is Saturday, December 2nd, 1809.
  • What year had the most people named Samuel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Samuel was in 2001 with a total of 14,790 babies. That's a lot of babies named Samuel!
  • Random Samuel Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Samuel ranks 16th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maine. Imagine that, 57 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Samuel: Your name in reverse order is Leumas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Laumes. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Samuel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 23,125 people with the last name Samuel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Samuel? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Samuel as their last name.

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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