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Quick Facts on Samson

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 671
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Samson

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Samson

Samson is an ancient Biblical name from the Hebrew “Shimshon” (שִׁמְשׁוֹן) probably derived from “shemesh” meaning “sun”. In the Bible, Samson is one of the last of the major Judges who predated the Kings of Israel. His story is told in Judges 13-16 starting with his Nazarite birth to a barren woman. Nazarites (as explained in Numbers 6) take a vow to God; they are considered separate from all others and specifically consecrated to God, and this is basically how Samson came into the world: completely dedicated to God. But Samson is not best known as a Nazarite or one who judged Isreal for twenty years. Rather, Samson is most remembered from the Old Testament story of “Samson and Delilah” (Judges 16:1-20). Nazarites (as explained in Numbers) were not allowed to drink alcohol, come in contact with a dead body, or cut their hair. Samson could only stick to one of these rules (the hair part). Samson was known for his Herculean strength – strong and mighty of proportions that only the Bible can conjure up. Samson roamed the lands eating animal carcasses, killing people with donkey jawbones, antagonizing the Philistines and fornicating with prostitutes. Enter Delilah. Apparently, she had him at “hello” because he quickly divulged to her the secret source of his strength – his hair. Having received a bounty from the Philistines, Delilah arranged for his hair to be cut off while he unwittingly slept on her lap. Mighty like an ox was Samson, but apparently not the sharpest knife in the old Israelite drawer. The manipulative seductress Delilah took advantage of this fact and betrayed her lover Samson. Having lost his hair – and thus his exceptional strength – Samson was captured by the Philistines who gouged his eyes out and brought him in shackles to their temple. After pleading with God for one last dose of mighty strength, Samson tore down the pillars of the Philistine temple killing himself and all 3,000 of his enemy. As a masculine given name among English-speakers in the Middle Ages, usage of Samson was largely influenced by a 6th century Celtic saint known as Saint Samson of Dol. Born in Wales, Samson would eventually go on to found several monasteries in Northern France and become one of the seven founder saints of the Celtic region of Brittany. The Normans reintroduced the name Samson to Great Britain after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Popularity of the Name Samson

The name Samson has a somewhat weird history on the American male naming charts. Never popular or widely used, Samson did appear once on the charts in the late 1800s but would remain off the charts for most of the 20th century. His first appearance in more recent years came in 1977 and between then and now Samson has basically fallen on and off the charts. Surprisingly, this charmingly simple Biblical name has always been a rare choice among American parents (even compared to exotic Biblical names like Nehemiah). There really aren’t very many Samsons or Delilahs running around American playgrounds today. So if you’re looking for an original name, one with a bright etymology (“sun”) and an interesting story – Samson might be a name to consider. It’s also an alternative choice to the overly popular Samuel. Thanks to the Biblical Samson, the name is synonymous with Herculean strength and beautiful, long locks. You may just never want to cut your son’s hair!!
Popularity of the Boy Name Samson
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Samson

  • Popular Songs on Samson

    Popular Songs on Samson

    As Strong as Samson - a song by Procol Harum

    Old Man Samson - a song by Whole Wheat Bread

    Run Samson Run - a song by Neil Sedaka

    Samson - a song by Alogia

    Samson - a song by Ghoti Hook

    Samson - a song by Regina Spektor

    Samson and Delilah - a song by the Grateful Dead

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Samson

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Samson

    Activity Book - Samson and Delilah (Creation By Design) - The stories of Samson, Noah and the Plagues of Egypt will transport children into the stories of the Bible with coloring pages, wordfinds, connect-the-dots, crosswords and other puzzles that help reinforce their knowledge of Biblical stories. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    I Remember Samson (Darlene Winter) - In almost every generation, an animal will be born that is destined to be special and will capture the hearts of the people who are lucky enough to see him/her. Such an animal was Samson the gorilla at the Milwaukee County Zoo. He was believed to be the largest gorilla in captivity and was known worldwide. He was on television, had his picture taken thousands of times, and was mentioned in many books. However, this is the first book that was written in collaboration with Samson's long time keeper and friend, Sam LaMalfa. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Samson and The Fully Celebrated Orchestra (Lily Phillips & Leslie Gildart) - Samson and The Fully Celebrated Orchestra tells the story of a child, a seashell, and an improvisational jazz quartet. The book explores the sensory experiences of a young child in a music club. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Samson's Best Friend (Mary Fitzgerald) - When Gabe and his mom set out to adopt a dog from the local animal shelter, they get more than they bargained for! Samson is an older dog who weighs 95 pounds, and Gabe is instantly drawn to this gentle giant. Soon, Samson is much more than a little boy's first dog-he becomes a beloved member of the family and Gabe's very best friend. Children and adults alike will find it hard to resist the quiet charm of this story or the loving relationship between Gabe and Samson. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Son of Samson and The Judge of God (Gary Martin) - The first book of the Son of Samson series. There's Nothing Like a Jawbone---or Melons and Tree Trunks---When It Comes to a Fight! When things get physical, Branan uses any weapon he can grab---just like his father, Samson. And like his dad, he can wield weapons other men can't even lift. Trouble is, he's not sure why God gave him such great power or what he's supposed to do with it. Trying to understand his father---and himself---Branan travels to the places where Samson did his amazing deeds. Along the way he performs some incredible heroics of his own, stirring up the anger of his dad's old enemies. More titles are available in the "Son of Samson" series. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Story of Samson (Patricia A. Pingry) - This title is intended for toddler and upwards. Samson had been blessed by God with the strength and ability; however, as Samson became more and more successful, he forgot about God, was captured by his enemies, and eventually lost all his strength. Despite Samson's disobedience, God never forgot Samson and blessed him once more with strength. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    The Awesome Book of Bible Stories for Kids: What If... (Sandy Silverthorne) - What if…Samson was your PE teacher? What if…David vs. Goliath was on TV? What if…Moses had a GPS? Award-winning writer and illustrator Sandy Silverthorne pairs biblical accounts with contemporary technology and culture. The result is a hilarious and informative blend of Bible lessons and modern-day applications. Kids ages 6 to 12 will instantly relate to Bible characters and eternal truths presented from a twenty-first-century kid's perspective. Stories are introduced with improbable questions that will draw young readers in and stimulate their thinking. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories (Kelly Pulley) - Introduce children to the stories and characters of the Bible with this best-loved Bible storybook. With vibrant art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner's Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner's Bible is the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children's Nonfiction. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Story of Samson: True Tale of a Hot Tub Loving Bear (Jennifer Ranger) - Enjoy the fuzzy little cinnamon colored black bear who lives with his mother in the lush, wild hills of Southern California. This is the true story of how a hot-tub soaking, avocado-loving bear named Samson was saved by a community who found his escapades worth celebrating. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Story of the Samson (Kathleen Benner Duble) - Sam and his grandpa relive the Samson's adventures on the high seas. Kathleen Benner Duble uses actual events to weave a tale about the Samson and its many voyages, from the witnessing of the Titanic's demise to the rescue of Shakleton's men to an appearance at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. A mix of sepia tones and lush watercolors place readers on the high seas at the helm of adventure. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Samson

    Famous People Named Samson

    Famous People Named Samson - Samson Satele (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Samson

    Children of Famous People Named Samson

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Samson - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Samson.

  • Historic Figures

    Samson - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Samson - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Samson.

Personality of the Boy Name Samson

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Samson

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