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Quick Facts on Samuel

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 25
Simple meaning:
God has hearkened; asked of God, God hears

Characteristics of Samuel

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Samuel

The name Samuel comes from the Biblical story told, quite appropriately, in the two books of Samuel. It starts with Hannah, wife of Elkanah, who will become the future mother of Samuel. But first she must suffer through torturous years of barrenness (remember Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel went through the same thing before producing Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, respectively). Hannah prayed mightily to God promising that if she has a child, she will dedicate him to the Lord. Soon afterwards, she conceives and gives birth to a son she calls Samuel because, “I have asked for him from the Lord” [1 Samuel 1:20]. The Hebrew “sha’ulme’el” means "asked of God" and the word “Shemuel” means "God has hearkened". In other words, Hannah asked for the son, and God listened; hence, the meaning of the name Samuel. And good thing God listened, because Samuel would go onto become one of Israel’s greatest leaders and usher in the Israel monarchy by anointing its first kings, Saul and then David. The name became popularized by the Puritans in the 16th century, and has also been a favorite among Jewish people.

Popularity of the Name Samuel

The name Samuel has not dropped off the Top 100 list of boys’ names for well over a century. At the turn of the 20th century, Samuel was a Top 20 name. Its lowest ranking to-date came in the 1960’s when it almost fell off the Top 100 list. At the turn of this century, Samuel is back at its heights. The name is trendy today and trendy of yesteryear. A classic name with both antique charm and ancient meaning, Samuel will probably always remain a top choice. It’s a cute name for a little boy, but also one that ages nicely into adulthood. The pet forms of Sam and Sammy also add alternatives. And given its etymological origins, it could be no-brainer choice if you’re hoping for a boy!
Popularity of the Boy Name Samuel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Samuel

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Samuel

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Samuel

    Samuel (The Color Purple) The Reverend Samuel is a good and kind missionary in Alice Walker’s famous novel, The Color Purple, published in 1982. He is a kind and loving father and husband, who takes in Nettie (the younger sister of the main character, Celie), nurturing and teaching her. He serves as a shining counterpoint to the male characters in the book, who cruelly dominate the women.

    Samuel Hamilton (East of Eden) Samuel Hamilton is the good friend of Adam Trask in John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel, East of Eden. An Irish immigrant farmer, he and his wife raise nine children in love and comfort, if not wealth, whereas the Trask boys, having been abandoned by their mother, are being raised in a kind of spiritual poverty. Samuel Hamilton represents a pure force of good, a man who will not stand by while suffering exists. He is always there for his family and friends, and one of his last acts before dying is to tell Adam Trask the truth about his runaway wife, thereby liberating him, albeit painfully, from the twisted roots of his failure to face reality.

    Samuel Pickwick (Pickwick Papers) In 1836 Charles Dickens embarked upon a serialized string of stories about the adventures of Mr. Samuel Pickwick and friends that turned out to be so wildly popular it was shortly thereafter published as a novel, his first – Pickwick Papers. Samuel Pickwick is a wealthy, kindly and somewhat naïve old gentleman who, along with three companions, travels the English countryside in order to observe local customs and rituals, and to report back to their peers in “The Pickwick Club”. The comic adventures they experience are good tales in themselves, but the personal transformation of Mr. Pickwick from a bright-eyed innocent into a caring and understanding dealer in charitable goodwill is as important as the plot.

  • Popular Songs on Samuel

    Popular Songs on Samuel

    Samuel - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Samuel.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Samuel

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Samuel

    More Pies! (Robert Munsch) - One day little Samuel wakes up with a big appetite. After eating cereal, milkshakes, pancakes, and a fried chicken, he's still hungry--so he enters a pie-eating contest in the park. His competition? Three big men! The pies? One apple, two peach, and three cherry. And the winner? Samuel! But before he can show his Prize Pie to his mother, she proudly shows off the lovely pie that she's made him for lunch! Luckily, Samuel's younger brother turns out to have an even larger appetite than his sibling . . . and a love of pies, too!" Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Samuel Adams: Patriot and Statesman (Matt Doeden) - In Samuel Adams, a young patriot begins to question British rule. The biography follows him from his early days resisting taxation without representation to his final days as governor of Massachusetts. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest (Matt Haig) - Aunt Eda’s Rule #9: NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, GO INTO THE FOREST. Samuel and Martha have just moved to Norway to live with their aunt Eda, and she’s taking some getting used to. She has too many rules, no TV, and insists that they eat local delicacies like brown cheese and reindeer soup. And then there’s the most peculiar thing about her—her irrational fear of her own backyard. Sure, Uncle Henrik hasn’t been heard from since he disappeared into it ten years ago, but that can’t be the forest’s fault . . . can it? Samuel is skeptical, until he disobeys Rule #1—Never go up to the attic—and finds an unusual book: The Creatures of Shadow Forest, which gives scary descriptions of the fantastic creatures supposedly living in the forest. So when Sam starts seeing strange things venture past the tree line after dark, he can’t help wondering: could Aunt Eda be right, and what really happened to Uncle Henrik? This highly inventive fantasy is full of amazing characters and unexpected twists that will elicit both laughter and chills. Part of a series. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Samuel de Champlain: From New France to Cape Cod (Adrianna Morganelli) - Brave the stormy seas of the Atlantic Ocean to join Samuel de Champlain's expedition to North America in the early 1600s. This exciting new book follows the footsteps of the "Father of New France" in his mission to colonize what would later become Quebec. Recommended for ages 8-14.

    Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy (Kate Waters) - When the day in which he is to help with his first rye harvest approaches, young Samuel Eaton is so excited that he can hardly sleep, but his blistering tasks prove harder than expected. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Samuel Morris: The Apostle of Simple Faith (Terry Whalin) - An African prince, who, through God's intervention and guidance, came to America as a student missionary and soon showed us he was the apostle of simple faith. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Samuel Morse and the Telegraph (David Seidman) - In graphic novel format, tells the story of how Samuel Morse developed a working telegraph in 1844 that changed the way people communicated. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Samuel's Baby (Mark Elkin) - During show-and-tell in kindergarten class, soon-to-be big brother Samuel blurts out, I'm having a baby! Samuel's friend Marcel says he's having a baby, too. Soon, Carolee and Sophie are having twins and triplets. By the end of the week, all of the students' shirts are bulging with dolls, puppies, dinosaurs, and even a truck. Following a week of spring break, Samuel brings his new sister to class, rocking her to sleep as the other kids follow suit with their own bundles of joy. Elkin makes great use of humor and dialogue in the classroom. 'I'm not having a baby,' said Terri....'I'm having a puppy.' By briefly mentioning common sibling worries and complaints within the narrative, Elkin opens the door to discussing these topics without losing the humorous atmosphere. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Silly Sadie, Silly Samuel (Anne Paul) - Laugh along with Sadie and Samuel as they go through their day. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    The Tale of Samuel Whiskers (Beatrix Potter) - The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter and first published by Frederick Warne & Co. in October 1908 as The Roly-Poly Pudding. In 1926, it was re-published as The Tale of Samuel Whiskers. The book is dedicated to the author's fancy rat "Sammy" and tells of Tom Kitten's escape from two rats who plan to make him into a pudding. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Samuel

    Famous People Named Samuel

    Famous People Named Samuel - Sam Donaldson (news anchor); Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr. (entertainer); Sam Elliott (actor); Sam Houston (politician/ soldier); Sam Mendes (director); Sam Shepard (playwright/actor); Sam Walton (tycoon); Sam Warner (tycoon); Sam Waterston (actor); Samuel Beckett (Nobel Prize winning author); Samuel Adams (Founding Father); Samuel Goldwyn (film producer); Samuel L. Jackson (actor); Samuel Alito (Supreme Court Justice); Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet); Samuel Clemens (genius)

  • Children of Famous People Named Samuel

    Children of Famous People Named Samuel

    Famous People who Named their Son Samuel - Ben Affleck (actor/director); Jennifer Garner (actress); Emily Mortimer (actress); Harriet Beecher Stowe (author); Jeremy Irons (actor); Jessica Lange (actress); Liev Schreiber (actor); Michael J. Fox (actor); Naomi Watts (actress); Sally Field (actress); Tug Mcgraw (baseball player); William Hurt (actor); Bruce Springsteen (musician); Patricia Heaton (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Samuel - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Samuel L. Clemens (30 Nov 1835 - 21 Apr 1910) - Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain) is one of the most beloved of all American writers, known best, probably, for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, embodying his boyhood memories of life in Missouri. Capturing the letter and the spirit of an age and time, he has given us with countless hours of enjoyment, education and entertainment through memorable characterizations and consummate humor. Always involved in writing of some sort, Samuel also spent time as a river boat pilot on the mighty Mississippi, which gave him the opportunity to observe a multitude of characters, and also provided him with his pen name, “Mark Twain” – “two fathoms deep” in river-speak. His long career(s) included novel-writing, travel-writing, journalism and lecturing, the proceeds from which helped to offset his losses in business endeavors. He was happily married to Olivia Langdon, but that happiness was also darkened by the death of a baby son in 1872, the death of one of his three adult daughters in 1896, followed by the death of his wife in 1904 and a second daughter in 1909. He himself died in 1910 at the age of 74, but he is truly made immortal through his writings, and in them, for his gentle insistence upon the essential purity of human nature.

Personality of the Boy Name Samuel

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Samuel

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