SAMANTHA
GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: sə-MAN-thə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Perhaps intended to be a feminine form of SAMUEL, using the name suffix antha (possibly inspired by Greek ανθος (anthos) "flower"). It originated in America in the 18th century but was fairly uncommon until 1964, when it was popularized by the main character on the television show 'Bewitched'.
Related Names
VARIANT: Samanta (Italian)
DIMINUTIVES: Sam, Sammie, Sammy, Sammi (English)
MASCULINE FORMS: Sam, Sammie, Sammy, Samuel (English), Samuele (Italian)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Samanta (Spanish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #29 
England/Wales  ranked #289 
Canada (BC)  ranked #42 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #91 
France  - 
Netherlands  ranked #379 
New Zealand  ranked #46 
Northern Ireland  - 
Scotland  -