Sam - boys name

Sam name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 94%

Sam name meaning:

The name Sam is often used as a nickname for the name Samuel, which has Hebrew origins. It is derived from the Hebrew name Shmuel, meaning "heard by God" or "God has heard." In the Bible, Samuel was a prophet and judge in ancient Israel, known for his devotion to God and his ability to hear God's voice. The name Sam has become a popular standalone name in its own right, and it carries a sense of strength, reliability, and loyalty.

Sam is a versatile and timeless name that suits both boys and girls. It has a friendly, approachable quality that makes it popular among parents. The name Sam is often associated with individuals who are dependable, trustworthy, and compassionate. It is a name that exudes warmth and kindness. With its rich historical and biblical associations, Sam carries a sense of heritage and tradition. Overall, the name Sam is a classic choice for parents looking for a strong, meaningful name for their son.

Origin: Hebrew

To hear.


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Related names

Sam , Amantha, Sameena, Sameer , Sameere, Sameern, Sammy , Sampson, Zamiel

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Overall UK ranking: 293 out of 4789

161 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (124)

Historical popularity of Sam

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