Samuel Name Meaning

Lastest Updated June 7, 2024
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Fact: The name Samuel appears in various works of literature, such as the character Samuel Pickwick in Charles Dickens’ “The Pickwick Papers.”

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A Deep Dive

Samuel Overview

Meaning

Name of God, God has heard

Gender

Boy

Origin

Hebrew

Etymology

Derived from the Hebrew name “Shemu’el,” meaning “God has heard.”

Religion

Christianity, Islam

Pronunciation

/ˈsæm.juː.əl/

Popularity

Samuel is a prominent name worldwide, particularly in English-speaking countries. In 2023, it has also ranked among the top 25 favorite names for boys in the United States.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

6 letters

Numerology

8 (Practical, Ambitious, Materialistic)

Name Styles

Classic, Traditional, Religious and Spiritual, Cute

Associated Traits

Dependable, wise, compassionate

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Samuel is a significant prophet in the Hebrew Bible, known for anointing the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David.

Name Day

August 20th
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Samuel Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Samuele, Samu, Samuil, Samwell, Samiel, Shmuel, Sammuel, Sameul, Samuele, Samoel

Common Nicknames

Sammy, Sammi, Sammie, Samo

Diminutives

Sam, Sami, Samy, Samu

Famous People

  • Samuel L. Jackson
    (American Actor)
  • Samuel Morse
    (American Inventor)
  • Samuel Clemens
    (American Author)
  • Samuel Adams
    (American Politician)
  • Samuel Beckett
    (Irish Playwright)
  • Samuel Barber
    (American Composer)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • "Samuel"
    (Song)
  • Samuel Tarly
    ("Game of Thrones," TV Series)
  • "Samuel"
    (Novel)
  • Samuel Gerard
    ("The Fugitive," Film)
  • Samuel Sullivan
    ("Heroes," TV Series)

Places

  • Samuel City
    (Kentucky, USA)
  • Samuel Park
    (Toronto, Canada)
  • Samuel River
    (Victoria, Australia)
  • Samuel Lake
    (Alaska, USA)
  • Samuel Island
    (British Columbia, Canada)
  • Samuel Beach
    (California, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Samuel?

Samuel means “God has heard” in Hebrew. People named this are frequently thoughtful and faithful, embodying qualities of wisdom and understanding.

What Is the Origin of The Name Samuel?

Samuel has Hebrew origins. It is derived from the Hebrew name “Shemu’el.” The name is significant in the Bible, belonging to the prophet Samuel, who played a crucial role in the history of Israel. It has been used in various cultures and languages over the centuries.

Samuel Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Samuel in the U.S. over the Years

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Top 3 Rankings#171880#171881#171882

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Samuel

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202320
(-1 from 2022)
7973
(-428 from 2022)
0.43541
202219
(+4 from 2021)
8401
(-167 from 2021)
0.44854
202123
(+2 from 2020)
8568
(-12 from 2020)
0.45730
202025
(-3 from 2019)
8580
(-730 from 2019)
0.46387
201922
(-1 from 2018)
9310
(-537 from 2018)
0.48445
201821
No change from 2017
9847
(-594 from 2017)
0.50660
201721
No change from 2016
10441
(-170 from 2016)
0.52756
201621
(+2 from 2015)
10611
(-285 from 2015)
0.52384
201523
No change from 2014
10896
(-126 from 2014)
0.53296
201423
(+2 from 2013)
11022
(-116 from 2013)
0.53786
201325
No change from 2012
11138
(-329 from 2012)
0.55120
201225
(+1 from 2011)
11467
(+102 from 2011)
0.56511
201126
(-2 from 2010)
11365
(-606 from 2010)
0.55946
201024
No change from 2009
11971
(-200 from 2009)
0.58270
200924
(+3 from 2008)
12171
(-594 from 2008)
0.57386
200827
(-2 from 2007)
12765
(-601 from 2007)
0.58544
200725
No change from 2006
13366
(-275 from 2006)
0.60341
200625
(-4 from 2005)
13641
(-625 from 2005)
0.62220
200521
(+2 from 2004)
14266
(+144 from 2004)
0.67060
200423
No change from 2003
14122
(-559 from 2003)
0.66823
200323
(+2 from 2002)
14681
(+105 from 2002)
0.69871
200225
(+1 from 2001)
14576
(-236 from 2001)
0.70529
200126
(+2 from 2000)
14812
(+625 from 2000)
0.71611
200028
(-1 from 1999)
14187
(+139 from 1999)
0.67935
199927
(+1 from 1998)
14048
(+136 from 1998)
0.68896
199828
(-1 from 1997)
13912
(-325 from 1997)
0.68612
199727
(+3 from 1996)
14237
(+609 from 1996)
0.71264
199630
(+3 from 1995)
13628
(+1190 from 1995)
0.68013
199533
No change from 1994
12438
(+292 from 1994)
0.61839
199433
(+4 from 1993)
12146
(+436 from 1993)
0.59587
199337
(+3 from 1992)
11710
(+364 from 1992)
0.56693
199240
(-1 from 1991)
11346
(+116 from 1991)
0.54050
199139
(+6 from 1990)
11230
(+340 from 1990)
0.52980
199045
(+2 from 1989)
10890
(+783 from 1989)
0.50603
198947
(-2 from 1988)
10107
(+544 from 1988)
0.48221
198845
(+5 from 1987)
9563
(+987 from 1987)
0.47761
198750
(+2 from 1986)
8576
(+996 from 1986)
0.43975
198652
(+2 from 1985)
7580
(+570 from 1985)
0.39444
198554
(+1 from 1984)
7010
(+649 from 1984)
0.36427
198455
(-1 from 1983)
6361
(+165 from 1983)
0.33895
198354
(+2 from 1982)
6196
(+180 from 1982)
0.33248
198256
(-2 from 1981)
6016
(-22 from 1981)
0.31878
198154
No change from 1980
6038
(+25 from 1980)
0.32421
198054
(+1 from 1979)
6013
(+326 from 1979)
0.32419
197955
(+2 from 1978)
5687
(+293 from 1978)
0.31748
197857
(+3 from 1977)
5394
(+134 from 1977)
0.31570
197760
(-1 from 1976)
5260
(+233 from 1976)
0.30772
197659
(+2 from 1975)
5027
(+406 from 1975)
0.30792
197561
(-1 from 1974)
4621
(-51 from 1974)
0.28482
197460
(+6 from 1973)
4672
(+407 from 1973)
0.28658
197366
No change from 1972
4265
(+51 from 1972)
0.26431
197266
No change from 1971
4214
(-191 from 1971)
0.25173
197166
(-4 from 1970)
4405
(-153 from 1970)
0.24232
197062
(+2 from 1969)
4558
(+126 from 1969)
0.23929
196964
(+2 from 1968)
4432
(+312 from 1968)
0.24230
196866
(+3 from 1967)
4120
(-112 from 1967)
0.23206
196769
(+12 from 1966)
4232
(+74 from 1966)
0.23783
196681
(+3 from 1965)
4158
(-236 from 1965)
0.22876
196584
(+2 from 1964)
4394
(-69 from 1964)
0.23192
196486
(+1 from 1963)
4463
(-59 from 1963)
0.22017
196387
(+1 from 1962)
4522
(-27 from 1962)
0.21902
196288
(+1 from 1961)
4549
(-118 from 1961)
0.21645
196189
(+2 from 1960)
4667
(-43 from 1960)
0.21637
196091
(-5 from 1959)
4710
(-245 from 1959)
0.21752
195986
(-1 from 1958)
4955
(-95 from 1958)
0.22871
195885
(-3 from 1957)
5050
(-187 from 1957)
0.23435
195782
(-8 from 1956)
5237
(-347 from 1956)
0.23925
195674
(-3 from 1955)
5584
(+50 from 1955)
0.26018
195571
No change from 1954
5534
(-99 from 1954)
0.26475
195471
(-1 from 1953)
5633
(+208 from 1953)
0.27224
195370
(-3 from 1952)
5425
(-222 from 1952)
0.27095
195267
No change from 1951
5647
(+171 from 1951)
0.28617
195167
(-5 from 1950)
5476
(+250 from 1950)
0.28645
195062
No change from 1949
5226
(-131 from 1949)
0.28733
194962
(+8 from 1948)
5357
(+354 from 1948)
0.29728
194870
(+2 from 1947)
5003
(-106 from 1947)
0.28063
194772
(-2 from 1946)
5109
(+586 from 1946)
0.27504
194670
(-9 from 1945)
4523
(+566 from 1945)
0.27406
194561
(+1 from 1944)
3957
(+11 from 1944)
0.28853
194462
No change from 1943
3946
(-196 from 1943)
0.28406
194362
(-3 from 1942)
4142
(-50 from 1942)
0.28475
194259
(+6 from 1941)
4192
(+656 from 1941)
0.29766
194165
No change from 1940
3536
(+174 from 1940)
0.28178
194065
(-2 from 1939)
3362
(+108 from 1939)
0.28343
193963
(-1 from 1938)
3254
(+11 from 1938)
0.28712
193862
(+4 from 1937)
3243
(+216 from 1937)
0.28535
193766
(+1 from 1936)
3027
(+134 from 1936)
0.27678
193667
(-5 from 1935)
2893
(-256 from 1935)
0.27182
193562
(+4 from 1934)
3149
(+12 from 1934)
0.29441
193466
(-5 from 1933)
3137
(+28 from 1933)
0.29540
193361
(-5 from 1932)
3109
(-302 from 1932)
0.30475
193256
No change from 1931
3411
(+32 from 1931)
0.31747
193156
(-1 from 1930)
3379
(-152 from 1930)
0.31586
193055
(-2 from 1929)
3531
(-36 from 1929)
0.31261
192953
(-1 from 1928)
3567
(-277 from 1928)
0.32205
192852
(-3 from 1927)
3844
(-344 from 1927)
0.33685
192749
(-1 from 1926)
4188
(+9 from 1926)
0.36044
192648
(-2 from 1925)
4179
(-226 from 1925)
0.36484
192546
(-1 from 1924)
4405
(-187 from 1924)
0.38257
192445
No change from 1923
4592
(+13 from 1923)
0.39280
192345
(-2 from 1922)
4579
(-21 from 1922)
0.40441
192243
(+1 from 1921)
4600
(-154 from 1921)
0.40882
192144
No change from 1920
4754
(+100 from 1920)
0.41778
192044
(-1 from 1919)
4654
(+182 from 1919)
0.42279
191943
No change from 1918
4472
(-300 from 1918)
0.44045
191843
(-1 from 1917)
4772
(+282 from 1917)
0.45506
191742
(-1 from 1916)
4490
(+91 from 1916)
0.46805
191641
(-2 from 1915)
4399
(+48 from 1915)
0.47647
191539
(-4 from 1914)
4351
(+648 from 1914)
0.49391
191435
(+1 from 1913)
3703
(+853 from 1913)
0.54191
191336
(-6 from 1912)
2850
(+248 from 1912)
0.53147
191230
No change from 1911
2602
(+1204 from 1911)
0.57636
191130
(+2 from 1910)
1398
(+269 from 1910)
0.57913
191032
No change from 1909
1129
(+146 from 1909)
0.54145
190932
(+1 from 1908)
983
(+23 from 1908)
0.55580
190833
(-1 from 1907)
960
(+68 from 1907)
0.57704
190732
(+1 from 1906)
892
(+109 from 1906)
0.56248
190633
(-3 from 1905)
783
(-73 from 1905)
0.54350
190530
(+4 from 1904)
856
(+129 from 1904)
0.59763
190434
(-3 from 1903)
727
(-14 from 1903)
0.52490
190331
(+2 from 1902)
741
(+39 from 1902)
0.57299
190233
No change from 1901
702
(+74 from 1901)
0.52881
190133
No change from 1900
628
(-249 from 1900)
0.54329
190033
(-3 from 1899)
877
(+173 from 1899)
0.54094
189930
(+2 from 1898)
704
(-45 from 1898)
0.61114
189832
(-4 from 1897)
749
(-10 from 1897)
0.56700
189728
(+3 from 1896)
759
(+25 from 1896)
0.62243
189631
(-6 from 1895)
734
(-80 from 1895)
0.56868
189525
(+1 from 1894)
814
(+38 from 1894)
0.64276
189426
(-6 from 1893)
776
(-75 from 1893)
0.62134
189320
No change from 1892
851
(-51 from 1892)
0.70307
189220
No change from 1891
902
(+149 from 1891)
0.68618
189120
No change from 1890
753
(-62 from 1890)
0.68915
189020
No change from 1889
815
(+5 from 1889)
0.68087
188920
(-2 from 1888)
810
(-121 from 1888)
0.68049
188818
No change from 1887
931
(+129 from 1887)
0.71667
188718
No change from 1886
802
(-68 from 1886)
0.73369
188618
No change from 1885
870
(-18 from 1885)
0.73084
188518
(-1 from 1884)
888
(-57 from 1884)
0.76588
188417
No change from 1883
945
(+8 from 1883)
0.76993
188317
No change from 1882
937
(-66 from 1882)
0.83307
188217
No change from 1881
1003
(+84 from 1881)
0.82192
188117
No change from 1880
919
(-105 from 1880)
0.84876
188017
First SSA data recorded
1024
First SSA data recorded
0.86487

American States Popularity Rankings for Samuel

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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Texas (TX)

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New York (NY)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

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Ohio (OH)

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Florida (FL)

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North Carolina (NC)

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Illinois (IL)

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Georgia (GA)

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Virginia (VA)

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Tennessee (TN)

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Michigan (MI)

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Alabama (AL)

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New Jersey (NJ)

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Indiana (IN)

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Massachusetts (MA)

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South Carolina (SC)

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Missouri (MO)

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Minnesota (MN)

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Maryland (MD)

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Washington (WA)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Wisconsin (WI)

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Louisiana (LA)

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Mississippi (MS)

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Colorado (CO)

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Arizona (AZ)

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Oklahoma (OK)

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Arkansas (AR)

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Utah (UT)

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Oregon (OR)

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Connecticut (CT)

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West Virginia (WV)

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Kansas (KS)

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Iowa (IA)

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Nebraska (NE)

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New Mexico (NM)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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Idaho (ID)

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Maine (ME)

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Hawaii (HI)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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Nevada (NV)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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Montana (MT)

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Delaware (DE)

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South Dakota (SD)

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Alaska (AK)

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North Dakota (ND)

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Vermont (VT)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Popularity Rankings for Samuel in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Slovakia

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Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#112020#132021#212022

Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#202020#232021#252022

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#232020#272021#302022

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#332021#312022#282023

Popularity in Mexico

Mexico flagMexico#302020#292021

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#342021#302022#452023

Popularity in Galicia, Spain

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Popularity in Uruguay

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Popularity in Italy

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Popularity in Finland

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in Chile

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Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#412019#472020#562021

Popularity in Spain

Spain flagSpain#422020#432021#412022

Popularity in Czechia

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Popularity in Portugal

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Popularity in Belgium

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Popularity in France

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Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#482021#532022#542023

Popularity in New Zealand

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Popularity in Argentina

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in Ireland

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Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Sweden

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in Basque Country, Spain

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Popularity in Poland

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Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Samuel a Name for Boys or Girls?

Samuel is a boy’s name. Its strong biblical associations and historical usage for males make it a well-loved name for boys.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Samuel