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Baby Name Pairs: Samuel and Samantha


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By faitha - Posted on 29 October 2010

Baby on bus (c) Lynda BernhardtSamuel … its meaning is " God heard" - Think Baby Names

Samantha … its meaning is " God heard " - Think Baby Names

The baby name Samuel is of Hebrew origin. I have previously highlighted the baby name Samuel, but this was before I started tracking the statistical trends.

The name Samuel has been a wildly popular baby name since records started being kept in 1880, when it ranked #17. The least popular the baby name has been since then was #91 in 1960. The baby name has been in the Top 50 since 1987 and ranked at #27 in 2008 and 2009. See Popular Baby Names.

The baby name Samantha is of English origin and is a feminine form of the baby name Samuel. The television show Bewitched is credited with the baby name’s popularity beginning in the 1960’s.

In 1880, the baby name Samantha ranked #365. The baby name declined in popularity, dropping off the charts altogether from 1903 through 1963 with three exceptions (ranked in the low 900’s in 1907, 1958, and 1959). The launch of the TV show Bewitched did indeed revive the baby name, which came back at #472 in 1964 and jumped to #179 the following year. The baby name continued to skyrocket up the charts, breaking into the Top 100 in 1976 and the Top 50 in 1982. The baby name Samantha stayed in the Top 10 from 1988 through 2006, peaking at #3 in 1998. In 2009, the baby name ranked #15. See Popular Baby Names.

The biblical significance of the prophet Samuel make this baby name a good one for both Jewish and Christian families. The baby name Samantha is a great one for Bewitched fans. Both baby names can be shortened to Sam or Sammy.

Famous people who share the baby name Samuel include Samuel Adams, Samuel L. Jackson, and Samuel Johnson. Famous people who share the baby name Samantha include Samantha Brown, Samantha Ronson, and Samantha Bee.

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This list of baby names is updated frequently as more baby names are added to the site. Whether you are looking for a baby name that holds an adoption meaning or simply a baby name that sounds pretty, you can find it here.

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