Gender Masculine & Feminine
Pronounced Pron. SAM(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Short form of Samuel, Samson, Samantha and other names beginning with Sam. This is the name of a detective in Dashiell Hammett's novel The Maltese Falcon (1930). In J. R. R. Tolkien's 1954 novel The Lord of the Rings (1954) this is a short form of Samwise.

Related Names

VariantsSammie, Sammy, Sammi(English)
Other Languages & CulturesSamuel(Amharic) Samvel(Armenian) Samuel(Biblical) Samouel(Biblical Greek) Shemu'el(Biblical Hebrew) Samuhel(Biblical Latin) Samuil(Bulgarian) Samuel(Czech) Samuel(Danish) Samantha, Samuel(Dutch) Samwel(Eastern African) Samuela(Fijian) Samuel, Samuli, Sami, Samppa, Samu(Finnish) Samuel(French) Samuel(German) Shmuel(Hebrew) Sámuel, Samu(Hungarian) Samanta, Samantha, Samuele(Italian) Samuel(Jewish) Samanta(Latvian) Samoil(Macedonian) Samuel(Norwegian) Samanta, Samuel(Polish) Samanta, Samuel(Portuguese) Samuil(Russian) Samuel(Slovak) Samanta, Samuel, Samu(Spanish) Samuel(Swedish) Sawyl(Welsh)
Surname DescendantSams(English)
Same SpellingSam 2
User SubmissionsSâm, Sam


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Name Days

Sweden: September 1


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Entry updated June 9, 2023