Samuel (name)

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Gender male
Word/name Hebrew
Other names
Nickname(s) Sam, Sami, Sammie, Sammy, Sambo
Related names Lemuel, Sam, Sammy, Samantha, Sameth, Samberg, Séamus, Shmuel

Samuel (Sometimes spelled Samual) is a male given name of Hebrew origin meaning either "name of God" or "God has heard" (שם האלוהים Shem Alohim) (שמע אלוהים Sh'ma Alohim). Samuel was the last of the ruling judges in the Old Testament. He anointed Saul to be the first King of Israel and later anointed David.

As a Christian name, Samuel came into common use after the Protestant Reformation. Famous bearers include the American inventor Samuel Morse (1791–1872), the Irish writer Samuel Beckett (1906–89) and the American author Samuel Clemens (1835–1910), who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain.[1]

The name Samuel is popular among Black Africans, as well as among African Americans. It is also widespread among the modern Jewish communities, especially Sephardic Jews.


Feminine variants[edit]

  • Samuela (Italian)
  • Samantha (English)

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The name may refer to:

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