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I love it. Samantha is a beautiful name, it's elegant and unique ❤️❤️.
I hardly ever hear of actual people with this name. It depends on where you are, and who you're around. This seems like a name that was used a lot for TV/movie/fictional characters in the 90s. I remember a Simpsons episode with a Samantha character in it. At its best, I think of it as a pretty, 19th to early 20th century name like Emily, Elizabeth, and Charlotte. I think of the American Girl doll Samantha Parkington, who's supposed to be pretty, sweet, and elegant. Samantha's time has passed, and maybe it's a little more refreshing these days. It does have a nice and slightly exotic ring to it.
Way too much of a old lady name, and it has man in it.
Samantha Jones is a fictional character on the HBO-produced television series Sex and the City. She is portrayed by actress Kim Cattrall. Samantha Jones is one of four single friends portrayed in the series, a public relations professional who is a proud, confident, highly sexual woman. She is portrayed as brash, straightforward, highly protective of her friends and unafraid of confrontation.

Samantha Ann Mulder is a fictional character in the television series The X-Files. She is the younger sister of FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder.
As a child, Samantha was abducted, ostensibly by aliens. Her disappearance during Mulder's childhood is the primary motivation behind the X-Files.
It's way too old for me.
Samantha Stephens is a fictional witch from the 1965 show Bewitched.
My name is Samantha. I used to not like the name, but now I do. I think it sounds dignified. I don't like it as much as other names, and I wouldn't give the name to my child, but it's still nice. The length has never bothered me.
I like Samantha for a name. I think it's really strong, classy and elegant. It also ages beautifully, as well, and I love that it has the cute tomboyish nicknames, Sam and Sammy. I love long feminine names that have boyish nicknames, I think they're really cool.
Samantha is such a beautiful name! It’s classic, simple yet strong and very feminine without being too frilly. I like that it’s faded in popularity a bit, makes it a more refreshing choice for those who want to use a popular name that’s not super-trendy at the same time.
It sucks to have this be my name…Boys make fun of me before I hit them. I’ve seen it in insults before too!
Pretty and maybe timeless.
I am skeptical about the Wikipedia claim that there was a Samantha in Newton Regis, England in 1633. The link to the reference does not work as of today, and it was to a genealogy site. There are myriad examples of people doing genealogical research misreading handwritten records from centuries past and assuming a name is the same as a modern one when it was really something else.

I now believe that Samantha is an alteration of the name Semanthe, under the influence of Samuel and names ending in -antha. Semanthe was most likely created by English playwright Sir John Suckling for a character in his 1637 play "Aglaura". The play is set in ancient Persia but is described by critics as being "wildly ahistorical". Semanthe was reused by other British authors several times in the 17th and 18th centuries, and first references to Semanthe as a name in the USA are older than those for Samantha, which itself often appears as "Samanthy" in early records.

I hope to write this up more fully in the future.
It's a very pretty name, mature, natural, and formal without being too old fashioned like Elenoar. I love its meaning.
Samantha Mathis voiced Crysta in Ferngully the Last Rain Forest.
Pretty and classic!
Samuela is the feminine version of Samuel which means "God's listener" or whatever. Samantha comes from "Sama" Arabic for "Eternal" and the Greek word "Anthos" which means "Flower". Please stop spreading misinformation about it being the female version of Samuel when Samantha isn't even in the bible.
This name is fine, I like the nickname Sammie.
Such an amazing name. My name is Samantha, and I'm proud of it. I saw one person saying "How sexist, it has a man in it!" Shut up. People just like the name. It's a strong, long, and powerful name that makes a statement. I'm named for my grandmother's parents. Samuel to Samantha, and Harriette to Harper, my middle name. We need more Samantha's out there!
Sami is also a nickname for Samantha.
Feels quite boring. I don't like it much. No strong sound in it, too dry or something like that. Just boring!
One of my all time favourites! The sound makes me think of a springtime breeze.
I think of a snobbish, white girl from Pennsylvania. It's also plain and quite boring, don't like it.
I know a few Samantha’s and I just think it’s plain. No offense. I think it’s cool, but there are much more unique names I prefer. Overall, a good name just needs a little more spice to it. Like maybe if you added a middle name such as Samantha Clare or Samantha Lynne.
Well I learned that my name is In Aramaic and Hebrew but I got baptized and now I can continue with this culture.

Even in Greek language, a flower of god.
A trans boy I know was called Sam, just Sam and he decided to name himself this.
To be completely honest, it sounds a bit bland to me; a bit overused.
My name is Samantha Turner, and honestly, it sounds very plain and a tad bit boring.
My name is Samantha and I used to hate my name but knowing that it means flower I feel like I just need to bloom. I am called Sammy and Sam. I am fine with being called Sam but since I never liked long hair and being called Sam many people think I'm a guy at first and some people since I'm called Sam so much, think Sam is my first name.
Another thing I would like to say is I pride myself on being a hard worker. Also, I think I am a nice person and I do make mistakes all the time but not all Samanthas are jerks. I wish less people had the name at my church- there were 2 other girls with the name. I don't like people picking on the name. I don't care about myself but my friends sometimes have the name and I am super defensive of my friends, I don't like people picking on them.
My name is Samantha Charlotte. I am from the Czech Republic. My little bratr is Samuel and I say he is named after me.
So SEXIST, a girl's name with MAN in it.
Great meaning!
Very pretty. I've always loved this name and now it's my favorite.
Also used in Spanish. It is more common than its variant Samanta.
It is derived from Aramaic 'Samantha', meaning "to listen".
It’s pretty!
Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usages: English (?)

Pronunciation: sah-MAN-thə, sə-MANTHə

Meaning: several accounts remark the name 'Samantha' with the following meanings: flower and listener/listened of god, from the etymological meaning and some suggestions for the female version of Samuel, which is indeed 'god has heard' or 'name of god'. But I have found other possible meanings which mightn't come from the same but can help, these meanings come from Samra (both Persian, Sanskrit, etc. Which means accompanied by immortals or by god), Samantabhadra (Sanskrit, which means universal worthy), Saman (Persian, calm or solace), Samantha (Sri Lankan for the rising morning sun).

(Information from name #334825 originally submitted by an anonymous user)
My name is Samantha N. I am sometimes called Sam, Sammi, Sammie, and even Zammi. :) I used to not like my name- actually a couple of times I wanted to change it. But I did not and here I am, commenting on my name and what it means to me. It means beauty and flower. It is a commonly used name for some people. I love this name and if you are considering using this name for a child or someone that would be an honest great choice. I grew up strong and the name helped people it's not tomboyish and it's not girly it's PERFECT for someone looking for something not girly and tomboyish. Thank you.
I like the English pronunciation much more. The Italian one sounds forced and unreal to me.
My name is Samantha too! But I'm more a tomboy and like to be called Samm or Zamm, just because it sounds a bit more boyish than Samantha, but I still think it's a cute name, I also like being called Samii sometimes, even though it sounds a bit more feminine. Like I said though, it' s cute name and I like it. I also believe it means listener in some form, I just can't remember which one though, and it also means gold flower in another, back me up here. :))
Very pretty name.
Samantha Mather is the protagonist of the novel, "How to Hang a Witch".
It means Told by God and it means that you should listen to the Lord when he has something to say.
It’s interesting to hear someone else with your name. When I hear a Samantha being called, I get a tiny glimpse into their life— we have the same nicknames so they’ve heard the same name-jokes.
There are quite a lot too: I’m surprised I never heard the comparison to “ham” or “salmon” but there are funny ones like “Sampire” haha. When in doubt about a nickname, just wear it proudly.

I like to add flair and go by “Zam” when making usernames and “Z” is a rare letter that I envy but glad it's similar to “S”.

I think my impression of Samantha is about the same as most others'; It sounds older, mysterious, and feminine despite the “man” part which funny enough is not present in the male name Samuel but “mantha” makes for the feminine quality.

My parents liked “Samantha” so that’s all that matters haha.

Hearing your own name called during good times, if you can tolerate your name, just feels good and it might not sound remarkable but I always love hearing or reading: “Hey, Samantha” or “Saaaam! What’s up”

I’m happy to be their Samantha.
I like Samantha!
I like its floral and witchy vibe.
My name is also Samantha too. The pronunciation of Samantha is Suh-MAN-thu in Aramaic, but in Hebrew it means God hears.

I like to be called Sham or Mantha or my last name.
I got the same thing.

My name is also Samantha and my first name came from Sri Lanka which is strange.
Samantha Kelly is an American voice actress who’s famous for voicing the Super Mario Series' own Princess Peach, starting in 2007 in Mario Party 8 for the Nintendo Wii.
I’m a Samantha Kay too! I’ve never had any issues with my name, and I’ve always loved going by Sam.
My name is Samantha Kay and I love my name. I was and is the only girl in my town with this name and it made me stand out in school. The boys would tease me but I knew they liked me and I had one boy that loved my name so much that he got a tattoo of it on his leg, I married that boy and I have been very happy since. I think the name Samantha is very feminine and sweet. Lucky Me.
Samantha was the name of the AI assistant in the movie 'Her' by Spike Jonze. Voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
Samantha, beautiful, powerful, the best you can get, smart, goofy, friendly, sometimes annoying, and most of all loved. She hides but deep down she knows everyone can see her, she is so clueless sometimes, she loves the ones who don’t know how to love, but most of all she loves honesty, so be truthful, and love yourself first, and ignore the haters, because if you don’t have haters you're not doing it right.
At times, I've thought about changing my given name to this because I used to think "Mollie Jean" sounded too close to a certain tennis player. But since I'm bisexual, that's become less of an issue. I still love it very much; especially when paired with names like Victoria or Marie.
My name is also Samantha and I been reading up on my origin. It said Aramaic and Greek, Daughter of Thea.

I know it would be silly but it seems dumb for Italian or Dutch or Arab.
In 2018, 20 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Samantha who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 87th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
In my research for my name I have found that Samantha means both heard by God and held by God which I find cool. This also means that the name Samantha is Flower and Listener. I recommend looking at Wikipedia for more information about the name's meanings and origin.
I knew a girl named Samantha when I was in school and she was a total snob who never talked to me. She was worse than that witch on Sex & the City. Girls with this name are usually b****es. What I really hate is that it is almost always shortened to Sam, which is a man's name and inappropriate for a woman.
Samantha "Sam" is a character in the TV show Totally Spies!. She has red hair, green eyes, and wears a green catsuit.
Samantha is a very pretty name.
Samantha Pringle. AKA Matthew Labyorteaux's 'girlfriend' in Deadly Friend.
My name is Samantha. And, honestly, I like my name. I'd like it even if it wasn't my name. My grandfather's name is Samuel. He always told my father that he had to have a son named Samuel. So he named me after my grandfather. And here I am, 12 years later, and I think the name sounds modern yet classy enough to sound good.
This name was almost my name, but my parents decided on Karen. Samantha is a nice name too. I love the fact that it is long so you can get nicknames out of it like Sammy and Sam.
My mother has told me often that if I was a girl I would've been named this. My sister is named Sydney, so female me and her would go together as... Syd & Sam! (but anyway, this name is cute. I like it.)
I don't like my name, I get made fun of it because I hang out with guys and it sounds like I should be highly feminine or something like that.
Can't seem to get over the fact it has the word "MAN" in it.
Samantan was a generic term applied to dignify a collection of sub-clans among the ruling elite and feudal state owners of Kerala belonging to the Nair community in India. It's derived from Sama + anta, meaning equal distance or difference, rather raised from the common masses.
My name is also Samantha. I have gotten interested in names lately and I found out my name means god heard and flower. Now being a high schooler I went deeper into this and tried to find out more and what I have found out is that it originated from England. Now that I go to a Catholic school I learn about religion. I have asked my religion teacher about this subject and he told me some history on this and what he thought it meant is that, if god heard that means that he heard someone’s prayers in your family and that you’re a blessing that has came to answer your prayers. (If that made sense).
My name is Samantha and I've always hated it. But my opinion is tainted because whenever my parents were pissed at me they'd scream "Samantha," but whenever they were kind they'd call me something else. So I only heard my name in a negative light. I'm not sure what I'd think about it if that wasn't the case though. I try to hear it objectively but it's hard. I've gone by Sam since I was young because of this. I think it's pretty cool. Gender ambiguous names for both men and women I find cool and cute (for girls: Danny, Sam, Jordan etc.) (For boys: Avery, Mackenzie, Jessie (love Jessie)). Sam also fits me well. I always thought Samantha sounded like a sassy blonde cheerleader from the south. I'm a dark haired, artistic, intellectual type from Oregon... haha.
I do agree that Sam and Jordan are gender ambiguous names. Personally I think Danny is a strictly male name and sounds very manly name for a girl.
Samantha Goodman, 10 years old, from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, gave birth in Materdei Hospital to a 6 lb (2.7 kg) girl, who was named Courtney. When Goodman was 16, she explained in detail what had happened six years earlier: "At a party at a friend's house in early 2003, playing hide and seek, we slipped into the family's library, where we took a book for adults and laughed on the picture of a guy with his sex in a girl's one, and we thought it would be funny that we were trying to do it... We did it! It was funny! A few months later, my mother noticed that my belly had grown enormously. Driving me so urgently to the doctor, she was shocked to discover I was pregnant. Very devout, it was out of question for her I abort... At the idea of giving birth, I was very scared, but, ultimately, it was less painful than when I broke my arm!"
Samantha Sepulveda is a Long Island police officer who gained fame when the New York Post reported that she was also an Internet glamour model.
Samantha Gwendoline Cameron is a British businesswoman and the wife of David Cameron, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Until 13 May 2010, Cameron was the Creative Director of Smythson of Bond Street. Cameron took on a part-time consultancy role at Smythson after her husband became Prime Minister.
My second daughter is named Samantha. She goes by Manta.
Samantha is a nice name. Not a fan of Sam on a girl though. Samantha is a great alone.
Samantha Nguyen from Midnight Hollow, a city from the Sims 3 Store is a bearer of this name.
One of my favorite aunts is named Samantha, though she goes by Sam. She's a total Sam! Name your daughter this if you want her to be super unique and fun.
The definition said that "anthos" is added to Samuel. "anthos" comes from the Greek name Anthea which came from the Greek name Antheia. Anthos means "flower, blossom" and was an epithet of the Greek goddess Hera.

On another note Samantha could be from the Hebrew language. The name could be derived from the name Shemu'el, which Samuel is from (but just note that the feminine form of Samuel is Samuela). So, Samantha could mean "Listener to God" or just "listener".
The Nordic Names website has a name, Samanta, for which it gives Simon as one possible origin - which seems to me to make sense because I'm always suspicious of explanations that combine an element from one language (eg Samuel, which would be Hebrew or Aramaic) with an element from another (antha = Greek). Given the variations in the spellings of names, it wouldn't take much to make Simonetta, say, into Samanta or Samantha.
Why can't Samantha go by Mantha or Antha? If she doesn't like Sam, she can.
I like this name, it's just extremely common among people I know.
It's not a bad name, but I'm so used to hearing it that it sounds boring and bland to my ears. I prefer the similar sounding but much less common names Amarantha and Melantha.
I love this name because it is my name and it is a unique name to me.
"Samantha" is my given name. As I am living in Asia, this name is not as popular as in the western world. Actually, even my boss and my family doctor had never heard of this name until they met me. I love this name. But not because of its uniqueness in my place. I can feel my mother from the name. My mother wanted me to be a listener. That is why she gave me this name. She said she wanted me to listen to God, to people, to my own heart. She hoped God would set my feet on the path to wisdom, and I could become a caring and considerate person. She wished the world would be better because of me as she loved this world. She loved the people living in this good Earth, and she loved me. And she wanted me to love myself. There is so much love inside this name. I miss my mother, and I love my name, very, very much.
I wanted to share what Wikipedia says about the name Samantha, since "behind the name" had almost nothing at all, and Wikipedia is only like 3 minutes of reading away, so here you go. I hope you enjoy the 15 times more in-depth information and history of the name's popularity in the U.S., As well as it's earlier recording in ENGLAND, not in the U.S. as behind the name says: :)
Shalom, Joel Thompson

Meaning God heard; listener; flower[1]
Region of origin England / US
Other names
Nickname(s) Sam, Sammy, Sammi
Related names Sam, Sammy, Sami, Sammi, Sammie
Samantha is a feminine given name. It has been recorded in England in 1633 in Newton-Regis, Warwickshire, England.[2] It was also recorded in the 18th century in New England, but its etymology is unknown.[3] Speculation (without evidence) has suggested an origin from the masculine given name Samuel[4] and anthos, the Greek word for "flower".[5] A variant of this speculation is that it may have been a feminine form of Samuel with the addition of the already existing feminine name Anthea.[4]

It remained a rare name until the publication, beginning in 1873, of a series of ten books by Marietta Holley featuring the adventures of a lady called Samantha, wife of Josiah Allen.[3] This led to the rise in its popularity and its increasing ranking among the top 1,000 names for girls in the United States from 1880, the earliest year for which records are available, to 1902.[6]

It was out of fashion in the United States for the majority of the first half of the 20th century, but reappeared among the top 1, 000 names for girls in 1958, when it ranked in 998th position, and in 1959, when it ranked in 993rd place. It fell off the top 1,000 list once again until 1964, when it reappeared in 472nd place, and leapt another 293 places to 179th place in the ratings in 1965. The name's popularity coincided with the debut in 1964 of the television show Bewitched, which featured as the lead character a young witch named Samantha Stephens. The name has remained consistently popular in the United States since the 1960s. It ranked among the top 200 names for girls since 1965 and among the top 100 names for girls since 1976. It was among the 10 most popular names for girls born in the United States between 1988 and 2006. It ranked as the 15th most popular name for American girls born in 2009.[7]

In Sri Lanka Samantha is used as a masculine given name, being one of the forms of the name of the god Saman. This usage has no known connection with the female version.
This is my name and growing up I hated it! Until I was in high school I had only known 2 other girls that had this name and as a child, most of us (myself included) just wanted to fit in ("oh your name is Ashley, me too, let's be friends!" lol) Now that I'm 28 this name is WAY too common in the younger generation. When I'm in a store and hear someone call it out I don't even look; they're most likely calling to their age 9-14 year old daughter. I have always gone by the nickname Sam or Sami. And I like that it may sound a bit Victorian.
Not quite a favorite of mine but I do have a friend named Samantha (though I call her Sam) and she is nice and polite.
I love Samantha Barks who played Eponine in Les Miserables 20th anniversery musical and the movie. I also like Sam Manson from Danny Phantom cartoon show I used to watch it when I was litte. :)
Samantha Lynne Hanratty "Sammi" was an actress in seeds of yesterday, Rizzoli and Iles, and Chrissa Stands strong. Nice name.
I think the name Samantha is a nice, friendly, sweet, pretty & classy name for a girl. I knew a Samantha and she was a kind and polite girl. :) Not really a favourite of mine but overall, it's not a bad name. =)
Possible etymology:

Samos |Σάμου|, Greek island in the Aegean
< |samos|, "a height, dune, seaside hill" [Old Greek]*
+ |anthos|, "flower"

Flower of Samos, flower of the heights

My name is Samantha Rae and I really do love and appreciate my name. Many close family members call me Sammy or Sammy Rae. The whole "Sam I am" gets VERY old after the first time (try to refrain please).
Not a fan of any female names containing "man". All in all, not crazy about this name and I strongly assumed it was ranked lower on this list.
Contrary to popular belief, this name did not originate in America. A simple search on gives examples of baptisms for 7 Samantha's in England in the seventeenth century, the earliest being in 1633.
A lovely name, but it's always shortened to Sam which does not sound special.
Samantha isn't the most common name, but I still like that it's mine! =)
The given etymology "hearing-flower" is suggestive of a hearing trumpet which (in turn) is suggestive of keen/amplified/attentive hearing.
Samantha Womack, a British actress.
Samantha (called "Sam") is one of the main characters from the animated series Totally Spies!
There is a character briefly mentioned called Samantha in the book The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa.
Samantha "Sam" Knight is a character in Code Lyoko.
This is my name. It was widely popularized by the television show Bewitched. Which is where my parents got the name for me.
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.
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 :-)
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.
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.
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.
Samantha means "listener" or "listener to god".
Samantha is the witch in "Bewitched". Samantha Parkington is also a Victorian beauty American Girl doll.
This is really nice. You don't hear it much these days. Whenever I hear it I think of Bewitched :P
I think it's a very pretty name, but too common.
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".
Pretty boring and overused, but at least it's good to grow up with.
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.
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.
Samantha Stosur is an Australian tennis player who was runner up at the 2010 French Open.
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.
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.
Ugly, overused name, though it would be interesting to find somebody who uses a nickname other than Sam.
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]
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.
Tell that to Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samantha Fox! A PG-13 girl!
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!
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.
UGGH I hate this name! Especially the nickname "Sam" or "Sammy" EWEEE!
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.
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.
I think this name is beautiful and has what a name needs to become classic like Alexandra and Elizabeth.
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.
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.
God, I hate how common this name is.
Samantha is actually a name of Aramaic orgin meaning "Listener".
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.
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.
Sammie is a really nice nickname, but Samantha itself is very unrefined and rough, not at all feminine.
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.
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.
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.
I really like this name. It reminds me of the show "Bewitched" in which the name became popular.
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!
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.
It sounds like a troublemaker name to me.
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.
I love this name for a girl, especially when you can shorten it to Sam or Sammy.
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.
I love this name, especially shortened to Sam.
I would love this name if it weren't so trendy and automatically shortened to Sam. Oh well, it's still a good name.
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.
This is an awesome name!
I can't believe no one's mentioned Samantha Manson AKA Sam, from Danny Phantom!
Fabulous name! Samantha (Sammy) Keyes is the star of her own detective book series by Wendelin Van Draanan.
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.
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!
Orlando Bloom has an older sister named Samantha, who is mostly a stage actress.
I think that Samantha is a pretty cool name considering Samantha is my name but I am called Sammie or occasionally Sam.
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.
Cynthia Nixon and her husband Danny Mozes have a daughter Samantha (1996).
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.
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.
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.
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.
To the person above, Samatha is a different name that is a buddhist term meaning 'calm'.
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.
Samantha Brown is host of Great Hotels, Passport to Europe, and other shows on the Travel Channel.
Samantha Montgomery was the character played by Hilary Duff in A Cinderella Story.
I wish this name didn't have 'man' in it. Same for Amanda.
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.
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.)
There's a made for tv movie named Samantha, made in Canada in 1981.
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...
Samantha Morton is the actress who played Agatha in "The Minority Report."
I spell my name with 2x M's (Sammantha). People say it's weird, I think it's unique.
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.
I like this name! If I have a daughter, I will name her Samantha. It's a pretty, strong, and meaningful name!
I like it because it is sophisticated and can be used till you die.
Samantha "Sami" Brady is a deviant played by Alison Sweeney in the soapie Days of Our Lives. ;)
This name is so beautiful!
Samantha Tolj is a beautiful Australian actress.
Samantha Riley is an Australian swimmer.
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.
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.
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.
Samantha is the first name of Lt. Colonel Carter on the television series "Stargate: SG-1."
Samantha is the name of Molly Ringwald's character in "Sixteen Candles".
Samantha is the name of one of the characters on the TV show "Sex and the City".
I have a sister named Samantha. I think it is a really good name. And the meaning "listener" fits her well.
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.
Samantha sounds like 'some anthem'.
Samantha was chosen for my second daughter because now I have Alyx (Alyxandria Rayne) and Sam (Samantha Jordyn) my two beautiful little girls.
Samantha is the name of one of the agents on the TV show 'Without A Trace.'
Samantha is the name of a nurse in the TV series "E.R."
Samantha Parkington is the original Victorian era American Girl doll.
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".
Samantha is the name of a witch married to a mortal man in the famous TV series "Bewitched."
Samantha means 'told by God' or 'name of God'in Hebrew.

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