Meaning and Origin of: Samuel

meaning of Samuel name

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew: name of God

What does Samuel mean and stand for?

The name Samuel is derived from Hebrew origins from the Biblical male personal name Samuel (Hebrew Shemuel ‘Name of God’) and is very still popular for boy's names today. In the Old Testament, Samuel was one of the great judges and prophets of the Israelites. It's very popular in countries that speak English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Syllables: 3

Family name origins & meanings

  • Samuel as translates as 'the Name of God' as a last name. This surname is derived from Medieval English or Hebrew, the English form being introduced by the Crusaders in the 12th century.

The last name Samuel was first found in Cornwall, England in early times. The family name first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Samuel has been one of the most popular boy names of the last century, rising steadily in popularity since 2000. It has remained in the top 30 since 2000 and has yet to break the top 20 in the last two decades.

However, it is the 24th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Samuel was at its peak popularity from October 6t-12th, 2019.

Samuel has been in use since biblical times and first became popular with Samuel, one of the Bible's greatest Israelite judges and prophets. Although its popularity has varied within the past five years, it is still one of the most popular boy names. Its popularity may be due in part to celebs like Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Smith, and Sammy Sosa.

Where is it Popular?

Samuel was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Samuel

  • Sam
  • Sammy

Pairs well with these middle names