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Samantha means 'told by God' or 'name of God'in Hebrew.
-- samantha_6289  1/28/2005
Samantha is the name of a witch married to a mortal man in the famous TV series "Bewitched."
-- alberto  3/6/2005
I liked this name for my first daughter because I wanted a name that would not only sound like a cutsy little girl but would also be a good name for a woman. It's a mature, beautiful name. I have seen it translated as "listener" and also as "told by God". I think of it as "a listener of God".
-- aleesha  6/20/2005
Samantha Parkington is the original Victorian era American Girl doll.
-- Eirena  7/18/2005
Samantha is the name of a nurse in the TV series "E.R."
-- Anonymous User  7/20/2005
Samantha is the name of one of the agents on the TV show 'Without A Trace.'
-- Anonymous User  10/27/2005
Samantha was chosen for my second daughter because now I have Alyx (Alyxandria Rayne) and Sam (Samantha Jordyn) my two beautiful little girls.
-- babydal  11/23/2005
Samantha sounds like 'some anthem'.
-- Dogsy  11/25/2005
Samantha may sound like some anthem to many, but it means 'heard of God.'

It is the feminine of Samuel. Sama means 'listen' or 'hear' in Arabic; in Hebrew we have 'shama' for it. There are many words related to it in ther languages such as 'samaat' meaning 'the power to hear' in Urdu (a language used in subcontinent). El refers to God. So Samuel means 'heard of God.' In Hebrew, the proper form should be Shamuel. Similarly, in Arabic we have Ismael and in Hebrew Ishmael ("heard of God"); here again same roots.
-- Ismail Khan  11/28/2005
I have a sister named Samantha. I think it is a really good name. And the meaning "listener" fits her well.
-- Anonymous User  12/13/2005
Samantha is the name of one of the characters on the TV show "Sex and the City".
-- Anonymous User  12/20/2005
Samantha is the name of Molly Ringwald's character in "Sixteen Candles".
-- Anonymous User  12/21/2005
Samantha is the first name of Lt. Colonel Carter on the television series "Stargate: SG-1."
-- sarahbell05  12/22/2005
I actually have a niece named Samantha Marie who is the same age as me. But when it comes to school I'm not sure that the meaning listener fits her.
-- flowerkate  12/29/2005
My name is Samantha, and the meaning suits me perfectly. I love my name. It's hard to imagine it being anything else. I believe Samantha is a very strong name. My great grandfather's name was Samuel, but I wasn't named after him. My mother was a fan of Bewitched, LOL.
-- sammie  1/12/2006
Samantha Bond, born on November 27th, 1962, is a British actress known for her portayal of Miss Moneypenny in the more recent James Bond movies.
-- kanine  2/4/2006
Samantha "Sami" Brady is a deviant played by Alison Sweeney in the soapie Days of Our Lives. ;)
-- Anonymous User  3/8/2006
This name is so beautiful!
-- lindamaree  3/8/2006
Samantha Tolj is a beautiful Australian actress.
-- lindamaree  3/8/2006
Samantha Riley is an Australian swimmer.
-- lindamaree  3/8/2006
I like it because it is sophisticated and can be used till you die.
-- amber monkey  3/18/2006
I like this name! If I have a daughter, I will name her Samantha. It's a pretty, strong, and meaningful name!
-- Esther87  3/31/2006
Samantha is a cute name. It is strong and sophisticated and a name you can grow up with. It is no wonder it is so popular.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I spell my name with 2x M's (Sammantha). People say it's weird, I think it's unique.
-- sammanthapearson  4/27/2006
Samantha Morton is the actress who played Agatha in "The Minority Report."
-- breakofday  5/15/2006
My name is Samantha (preferably Sam) and I think the meaning is hilarious and ironic in my terms. You see, I'm almost deaf when I try to listen to people speak, however I hear voices in my head. so... yea...
-- Listener2389  5/22/2006
There's a made for tv movie named Samantha, made in Canada in 1981.
-- Tudor  6/14/2006
I don't love this name but I most certainly don't dislike it. One of my best friend's name is Samantha but no one calls her that. She is just Sam. I don't think I ever ever called her Samantha. I wouldn't name by kid this. Too old fashioned (but I love some old fashioned names.)
-- MissRae  7/7/2006
I love the name Samantha. It’s been my favourite name since I was 12, and I always thought if I had a daughter some day, I would name her Samantha. I don’t know if I will do that anymore though, given how popular the name has become. Although I think it’s a pretty name, I don’t want to give my daughter a name that two or three other girls in her class will have. I had a friend named Jennifer (she went by Jenni) in high school, and I remember how she hated her name because every other girl was named Jennifer, and I don’t want my daughter to feel that way about her name.
-- TiffanyS  8/17/2006
I wish this name didn't have 'man' in it. Same for Amanda.
-- Anonymous User  8/21/2006
Samantha Montgomery was the character played by Hilary Duff in A Cinderella Story.
-- princeton-girl18  8/26/2006
Samantha Brown is host of Great Hotels, Passport to Europe, and other shows on the Travel Channel.
-- frightwig  9/21/2006
Samantha appeared briefly on the top 1000 list in the 1890's ranking 725. It came back on the top 1000 list in the 1960's. Its most popular was the 1990's where it ranked 4.
-- Anonymous User  9/25/2006
I have also seen in birth announcements Samatha, at first I thought it was a typo but I have seen it many many times in announcements like this.
-- Anonymous User  11/3/2006
To the person above, Samatha is a different name that is a buddhist term meaning 'calm'.
-- Cynyslende  12/7/2006
I disagree about it's being a feminine form of Samuel. Most feminine forms of masculine names are easily recognizable as such. Samuela would be the feminine of Samuel. I believe Samantha is a completely separate name. It's beautiful but too popular.
-- Annabeau  2/15/2007
I know 2 Samanthas, each from the 1st grade. They are 2 of my best friends and I really love this name. It is very pretty.
-- TrulyAlena  3/21/2007
I like the name Samantha. After all, it IS my name! My mother got the name from Alyssa Milano's character on "Who's the Boss?" I think the name can be used for a small, cute little girl or a refined, mature woman. And if you're not the feminine type and you have this name, you can always shorten it to Sam.
-- IHeartQuirkyness  4/9/2007
Cynthia Nixon and her husband Danny Mozes have a daughter Samantha (1996).
-- Karcoolka  4/22/2007
I think this name is very pretty. I have a crush on a girl with this name, except she goes by Sam. This name is used a lot in my school, but I don't care.
-- CharlieRob  5/5/2007
I think that Samantha is a pretty cool name considering Samantha is my name but I am called Sammie or occasionally Sam.
-- VillianLuver  5/27/2007
Orlando Bloom has an older sister named Samantha, who is mostly a stage actress.
-- Martha Gold  5/31/2007
I don't like the mouthfeel of Samantha - the sibilance of the "s", the flattened "an" and the spitty "th" - it's just not pleasant to say. Having said that I've known a couple of lovely Samanthas!
-- pinny  6/22/2007
This was almost my name, and I'm thankful it is not. It's wayyyy too common in my area, in my school there's 5 Samantha's in just one class. It's a pretty nice girls name but how people with it insist on being Sam is nothing short of confusing. Because it's a guys name, like Alex. Plus girls that have it will be Sam G. or whatever for most of their life. Don't name your daughter this unless you've taken an extreme liking to this name.
-- Anonymous User  6/29/2007
Fabulous name! Samantha (Sammy) Keyes is the star of her own detective book series by Wendelin Van Draanan.
-- emc  7/8/2007
I can't believe no one's mentioned Samantha Manson AKA Sam, from Danny Phantom!
-- bibi66  7/17/2007
This is an awesome name!
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2007
Samantha is the name of my girl friend, and her name fits her because she really is a "listener." It is a very beautiful name and there isn't one that fits her any better.
-- Jason_830  8/26/2007
I would love this name if it weren't so trendy and automatically shortened to Sam. Oh well, it's still a good name.
-- spaz123  9/2/2007
I love this name, especially shortened to Sam.
-- Brianna Angela  9/5/2007
Samantha is too trendy, too New Agey. People who want to raise Wicca practitioners and "women who run with the wolves" name their daughters Samantha.
-- johann14  9/24/2007
I love this name for a girl, especially when you can shorten it to Sam or Sammy.
-- CharlieRob  9/28/2007
Brianna Angela and Charlie Rob - Sam and Sammy, I admit, are very cute. But lately, when you look in a program or something, you will not know for certain of the sex. Samuel isn't as common anymore, and Sams are pretty much commonday for females, thus, Sams are automatically associated as girl names.

Samuel is a VERY good boy's name, and Sam for a boy is grand. But Sam is also very cute for a girl. But it ruins Samuel. Otherwise, I love Samantha, I like to see an girl called just Samantha, or how about my own personal invention "Annie" or "Ama"? Sam isn't the only name, nor is Sammy.
-- spaz123  10/4/2007
It sounds like a troublemaker name to me.
-- pandasayscynical  12/22/2007
I absolutely love this name! I love it shortened to Sam, and like that it has a solid and intelligent sound to it. That way, a little girl can go by Sam and still grow up with a professional sounding name. I know Samantha is popular, but I myself know only 1 girl my age named Samantha and no children which is weird because I work with kids.
-- Anonymous User  1/25/2008
I really dislike this name, especially the nickname Sam. I know at least seven or eight girl Sams. Sam is such a handsome and lovely name for a boy, but it's silly and masculine on a girl. Samantha sounds like a clump of peanut butter - it gets stuck easily in your mouth. Too popular, especially for a made-up name!
-- Anonymous User  2/22/2008
I really like this name. It reminds me of the show "Bewitched" in which the name became popular.
-- jj21jj  3/24/2008
I was reading all of the comments about how the name Sam is a boys’ name. Personally, I don't think of Sam as a boys’ name. The name Sam, like the names Alex, Chris, Jesse, Pat, Steph, etc. Are short forms for various boys and girls’ names, which means they are unisex. I think of them more as nicknames than as actual names. Personally, I think Sammi/Sammy is more feminine sounding than masculine, and if I had a boy named Samuel, I would never call him Sammy. Samantha is a beautiful name that a young girl can easily grow into, and Sam/Sammi is a cute nickname for a young girl.
-- TiffanyS  4/8/2008
My name is Samantha, and I despise it. It just sounds so snotty and uptight to me. I have always gone by Sammy (and occasionally Sam), and the only time I'm called Samantha is when I'm in trouble or my sister, Christine, is talking to me. She's only allowed to get away with it because I call her Christine instead of Chris or Chrissy.
-- Anonymous User  6/12/2008
I hate this name. It is my name and I detest it. It is so common and boring. Like, there are, what, seven billion people in the world? Well, about HALF of them are named Samantha.
And I always get teased about having MAN smack-dab in the middle of it, where it can't be missed.
Everyone says this name is so pretty. I disagree. A lot.
-- Anonymous User  7/2/2008
Sammie is a really nice nickname, but Samantha itself is very unrefined and rough, not at all feminine.
-- Anonymous User  7/12/2008
My name is Samantha and most sources say it's an Aramaic name meaning "The Listener". Could be wrong, but its written in more than one place.
-- she_assassin  7/13/2008
Samantha is my name, and I love it because of the fact you can pull a nickname from it easily, it's simple- yet complex, mature- yet silly, and despite its popularity it leaves you with a unique feeling.

I wouldn't name my child Samantha (if I didn't have the name) because it isn't one of my absolute favorites, but I still love the name.
-- Anonymous User  7/21/2008
Samantha is actually a name of Aramaic orgin meaning "Listener".
-- Zumenetha  10/2/2008
God, I hate how common this name is.
-- GunsnRoses8794  11/23/2008
Samantha Peszek (born December 14, 1991 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American national team gymnast. She is a member of the United States' 2008 Olympic women's gymnastics team. She was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and the 2007 Pan American Games.

After a solid performance at the 2008 U.S. National Championships, Peszek continued to prove her worth to the U.S. team at the Olympic Trials. At the conclusion of the meet, when she was invited to the final Olympic selection camp, most experts, including NBC's analysts, predicted she would be selected for the team. Indeed, she was selected on July 19, 2008 at the conclusion of the selection camp in New Waverly, Texas.
-- mafan1763  11/25/2008
Samantha always makes me think of a very smart and well-behaved girl with good grades, and a big group of close friends, who has real birthday slumber parties and everything. Like the kind of girl you THINK is perfect and wished you were in school. Has a cool sound too.
-- not_another_Jessica  11/28/2008
I think this name is beautiful and has what a name needs to become classic like Alexandra and Elizabeth.
-- Rachelgirl1989  12/11/2008
I've been studying names for about 32 years and especially my own. In my studies the name Samantha is most likely an Aramaic name meaning "listener, to listen". Samuela is the feminine form of Samuel, not Samantha. I do not believe that Samantha originated in America in the 18th century or that it is a coinage of any kind. It's likely Aramaic and older than the 18th century.
-- Samantha Meagan_1971  12/22/2008
The name Samantha comes from the Hebrew word for "Listener" or "Listener of God." Hebrew immigrants to America in the 19th century brought the name over with them when they came the New World.
-- smothers  1/11/2009
UGGH I hate this name! Especially the nickname "Sam" or "Sammy" EWEEE!
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2009
This is my name, though I always go by Sam. Although my brother and boyfriend tend to call me Sammy, but that sounds a little too childish for my tastes. I find it ironic that Samantha is such a feminine-sounding name, yet it has MAN right smack-dab in the middle of it. Heh.
-- MorbidHarlequin  1/19/2009
My name is Samantha, which I love my name. If I were not named this I would use it for my child. I find it a very female name and one both a child and adult can have. Also the meaning of "listener" is very appropriate for me. I prefer to be called Samantha but it is always shortened to Sam which I used to hate because I am a girl and I think of Sam as a boy but I have gotten used to it over the years especially because I work in early childcare and Sam is easier for young children to pronounce. My dad refuses to allow others to call me this in his presence and goes off saying I was named Samantha not Sam. Lol! A lot of people when I introduce myself ask do you prefer Samantha or Sam which I like. I have also been called Sammy which I also don't like as I am not a child and it sounds very childish! I also got the nickname "Manfa" whilst in school from my friends which I didn't mind. The one like I hate the most about Samantha is being called "Sam the Man" hate it!
-- samantharae  4/3/2009
Samantha Fox! A PG-13 girl!
-- Anonymous User  4/7/2009
Perhaps meant to represent the obsolete Irish name Samthann, Latinized (usually as Samthana) and metathesized. Samthann of Clonbroney was an 8th century saint whose feast is held on the 19th of December.
-- Anonymous User  5/29/2009
I'm not a fan of this name nor its nicknames that are used almost automatically- even if the child wants to be called Samantha, it is shortened to Sam, Sammy, Sami, etc. by her peers.

I know of about 12 Samantha's, in a school of about 400 people. That may not sound like much, but considering every other name out there, it is a lot.
-- JillianNora  6/17/2009
British film star Samantha Eggar, born 1939.
She had a lot of names to choose from - her full name being Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar.
-- Just Jonquil  7/20/2009
My name is Samantha. When I was younger I always went by Samantha, but as I got older most people started calling me Sam. I haven't found the name to be very popular where I live, and until I was in middle school I didn't know anyone else named Samantha.
-- Anonymous User  7/28/2009
This is not an Italian name! If it was, it would be spelled Samanta. They don't use 'th' in Italy. I do like the name, though.
-- bananarama  12/10/2009
Tell that to Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
-- Anonymous User  2/26/2010
I think it should be added that the "antha" suffix likely comes from the Greek "anthos" meaning "flower". Also, the description of "antha" as a "popular" suffix puzzles me, since it is not a common element in English names. The only other names I know of that end in "antha" are Melantha, Acantha, Amarantha and Diantha, none of which have ever been popular, or well known, in English. [noted -ed]
-- Ailis  2/20/2010
Ugly, overused name, though it would be interesting to find somebody who uses a nickname other than Sam.
-- lucyskydiamonds  2/26/2010
I used to think that this name was boring and too popular. Then I watched the film Amélie and heard Mathieu Kassovitz pronounce it in the most singular and attractive way ("Sam-MON-tah") and now it is one of my favourite names.
-- LakeGirl  3/2/2010
I am a Scandinavian Samantha, and here my name is pronounced without the "h" as in my language, "th" just makes a "t" sound. I find it beautiful and incredibly unique, especially where I am from.
-- Anonymous User  3/16/2010
Samantha Stosur is an Australian tennis player who was runner up at the 2010 French Open.
-- Anonymous User  6/21/2010
In Polish, 'Sam' means "alone."

And in Finnish 'Sama' means "same."

And in Vietnamese, 'Tha' means "excuse."

Probably not the best information, but it is some.
-- Myth Writer Dreamer  7/4/2010
My name is Samantha, and to be honest, I hate my name because of how mature it sounds. I don't like to be thought of that way. I've always shortened it to Sammie, or especially Sam. The name has become very popular, but I have come to like it a bit more because of the Sammy Keyes book series by Wendelin Van Draanen, and "All American Girl" by Meg Cabot.
-- lionkingluv  8/10/2010
Pretty boring and overused, but at least it's not ghetto and good to grow up with.
-- Chrila96  10/5/2010
Samantha "Sam" Caine, Charly Baltimore (Geena Davis)'s pseudonym in The Long Kiss Good-Night.
Samantha Caine was chosen for the characters false name, because "Sam Caine" is an anagram of "amnesiac".
-- DaphneSusan  1/7/2011
I think it's a very pretty name, but too common.
-- Chrila96  1/14/2011
This is really nice. You don't hear it much these days. Whenever I hear it I think of Bewitched :P
-- Joy12  5/4/2011
Samantha means "listener" or "listener to god".
-- Rainy  3/4/2012
Samantha is the witch in "Bewitched". Samantha Parkington is also a Victorian beauty American Girl doll.
-- Rainy  3/4/2012
British film star Samantha Eggar probably helped to popularise this name in the 1960s, just as much as "Bewitched" - especially in the UK.
Prime Minister David Cameron's wife is a Samantha, nickname Sam Cam.
Not overly keen on this name - can take it or leave it.
-- Just Jonquil  4/30/2012
I love this name but my last name is Samuels so when I grow up I'm going to legally change my last name so I can use this.
-- 555jazzy  1/7/2013
The blond (and somewhat violent) girl in the sitcom series iCarly is named Samantha Puckett. Her friends, such as Carly and Freddie, call her Sam.
-- JapanYoshiTheGamer  2/17/2013
It's not my usual style, but I just love this name. It sounds mature and classic even though it wasn't commonly used 100 years ago, and its so sweet and elegant. I wouldn't use it, but even though its common I would be much happier to meet a baby named Samantha over something childish like kaylee or gender confused like Avery. I actually only know two Samantha's, one goes by Sami and one goes by Sammie. I personally think these nicknames take away from the beauty of the name, although for some reason I really like the nickname of Sam on a girl, its so sweet :-)
-- Oohvintage  6/24/2013
Normally names such as this are not my style, but I really love this one. Samantha is such a pretty name. I like a it a lot more than Sabrina which is so popular. Sounds great on a baby, little girl and even adult woman.
-- Bajafresh  9/13/2013
This is my name. It was widely popularized by the television show Bewitched. Which is where my parents got the name for me.
-- Samantha89  4/23/2014
Samantha "Sam" Knight is a character in Code Lyoko.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  5/10/2014
Samantha (called "Sam") is one of the main characters from the animated series Totally Spies!
-- LoveHeartKawaii  6/4/2014
There is a character briefly mentioned called Samantha in the book The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  6/4/2014
Samantha Womack, a British actress.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  8/18/2014
The given etymology "hearing-flower" is suggestive of a hearing trumpet which (in turn) is suggestive of keen/amplified/attentive hearing.
-- Sabertooth  8/22/2014

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