The name Samantha is a relatively modern name as it was not created until the 1800s in America. It was meant to either be a feminized version of the name Samuel or a combination name of the name Samuel and a female's name like Anthea. Despite being around for over 200 years, the name was no popular until the 1960s in the United States.
Meaning of the name Samantha:
American: combination name, told by God
Origin of the name Samantha:
The name Samantha originated in the 1800s in America. It is said to be a combination name as there are theories that it is the combination of the names Samuel and Anthea. Others state, however, that it is simply the feminized version of the name Samuel and the suffix -antha was added to increase the feminity as the suffix means flower.
Symbolism of the name Samantha:
The name Samantha means “combination name” because it is literally a combination name. If a daughter was born to a man named Samuel and a woman named Amarantha, for example, they likely combined their names to create the name, Samantha. If the name is a feminized version of Samuel, it would retain the same meaning as Samuel, which is “told by God.”
Style of the name Samantha:
The style of the baby name Samantha is modern, but it is traditional to America.
Gender of the name Samantha:
The gender of the baby name Samantha is female.
Pronunciation of the name Samantha:
sa-MAN-tha or se-MAN-the
Number of syllables in the name Samantha:
There are three syllables in the baby name Samantha.
Emotion evoked from the name Samantha:
The baby name Samantha is full of spunkiness and attitude. It is a name associated with an independent personality and with a lot of inner strength and charisma.
Alternative spellings for the name Samantha:
Nicknames for the name Samantha:
Popularity of the name Samantha:
The name Samantha has been on the top 100 list since 1994. Since the year 2012, however, the name has stayed within the 90s in the ranking lists. Currently, as of the year 2020 on the Social Security Index, Samantha ranks as number 95 overall.
Related names for the name Samantha:
Great middle names for Samantha and their meanings:
- Marie (star of the sea)
- Noelle (the Lord's birthday)
- Joleen (Yahweh is gracious)
- Josephine (Yahweh shall grow)
- Anne (favor, grace)
- Louise (famous warrior)
Famous people with the name Samantha:
- Samantha Munro (actress, “Degrassi”)
- Samantha Doll (professional singer)
- Samantha Womack (actress, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”)
- Samantha Fox (English pop singer)
- Samantha Browne (actress, “Third Watch”)
- Samantha Gibbs (actress, “American Dreamz”)
Samanthas in popular culture:
- Samantha Jones (character on “Sex and the City”)
- Samantha Stevens (character on “Bewitched”)
- Samantha Spade (character on “Without a Trace”)
- Samantha Puckett (character on “iCarly”)