|Meaning||Arabic: entertaining companion
Sanskrit: gust of wind or a cool gentle breeze on a hot summer day
|Related names||Samantha, Sameera, Semra|
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Samira (also spelled Sameera, Arabic: سميرة, Samīrah, Sanskrit: समीर) is the female version of the male name Samir. The name "Samira" has its known origins in Arabic and Sanskrit. It is a name of Goddess Durga and Lord Hanuman: Lord Hanuman is also known as 'Sameerudu' (the name given to him while he was carrying the Sanjeevani mountain) from which the name 'Sameera' is said to be derived.
The spelling of the Sanskrit-derived name can change depending on the language, as in the Bengali version Somira. Similarly, variants of the Arabic-derived name can have different spellings, as in the Turkish Semra and Bosnian Semira and Samra.
In Sri Lanka the name Semeera is used for males and females.
- Samira Ahmed (born 1968), British television reporter
- Sameera Aziz, Saudi Arabian journalist
- Samira Bellil (1972–2004), French feminist working for the rights of women in traditional Muslim settings
- Samira Besic, singer with the Eurodance group Maxx
- Samira Makhmalbaf (born 1980), Iranian film director
- Sameera Reddy, Indian film actress
- Sameera Weerasinghe, Sri Lankan Fashion Model
- Samira Said (born 1958), Moroccan singer
- Samira Shahbandar, Saddam Hussein's second wife
- Samira Wiley, American actress in Orange Is The New Black
- Samira Hussian, BBC Correspondent in New York City