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Also used in Spanish.
guasguendi  7/28/2020
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It is derived from Samaria, the name of the ancient city in Israel. Samaria is the latinized form of Shomron, a Hebrew name meaning "watch-tower".
guasguendi  7/28/2020
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My name is Samara but originally I was planned to be called Sahara. My dad wanted to name me after a fishing rod - so not after the desert lmao. My mum refused for her daughter to be named after anything that had to do with fishing so they both ended up agreeing on Samara. I love my name and I’m happy with the choice of cute nicknames that I can call myself :)
wholesam  6/7/2020
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My name is Samara and I think it’s an okay name. I mean “The Ring“ is kind of a turn off, but it’s just a movie so go for it if you want to name your future child that or whatever.
SamaraTheLoser  5/26/2020
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I think that this name is very pretty, despite the usage of the name in "The Ring". I think it's definitely less vanilla than Samantha. I plan to name one of my characters Samara.
Cierra  3/20/2020
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Name of the main character of the popular WebToon "Let's Play", Samara "Sam" Young.
Cierra  3/20/2020
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When I see this name it associates me with the city in Russia, not the character.
― Anonymous User  5/28/2019
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This is a town in Russia! :D.
― Anonymous User  5/3/2019
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I used to hate my name at first when I was younger because none of my teachers could pronounce my name correctly... and I didn't know where my name came from until I met my mother's best friend and her name was Sameera and she told me the meaning behind it and she was Arabic. My mother just replaced the 2 e's with an I. Now I've named my 2 babies after me Samera and Samir. They aren't twins... Samera is 2.5yrs older than Samir.
Samira121991  3/31/2019
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I love my name and am usually the only one in the room with this name. Pronounced Suh-Mah-rah.
Samara1987  11/13/2018
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It's very pretty.
kayisforkeen  11/12/2018
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My daughter's name is Samara. I chose this name for her because of the Hebrew meaning. She was also given the name before The Ring came out and it's not pronounced the same as the girl in the movie. Her name is unique and that's one of the things I was looking for. People love her name because it's different. The only thing she hates about the name is that she can't find it on a key chain.
CSmith83  6/13/2018
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My name is Samara and I’m 13 years old. My dad named me after The Ring when he watched it with my mom. I hate that people only think of the movie when they hear Samara, I want them to think how unique the name is.
― Anonymous User  12/18/2017
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Name - Samara समरा. It is feminine of Sanskrit word 'Samar ' ( समर ) ■ Origin - Sanskrit, Indian, Hindi ■ MEANING - war, battle ■ Gender - female ■ Pronunciation - samaraa ■ Other Usages with same MEANING - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati, Assamese, Sikh, Buddhist, Mauritian, Fijian.
Vishal Khatri  10/21/2017
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When used in reference to the city in Iraq, which is often used in literary reference to the novel "Appointment in Samarra" by bibliophiles (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appointment_in_Samarra), spelled Samarra. [noted -ed]
LMS  7/4/2017
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Wow, so I looked up this "The Ring" movie and saw that not only is there a character named Samara, but the names of a family I used to know: Samara, her brother Noah and their mother, Rachel. (the characters don't possess this relationship, of course) Kind of a crude comment but creepy nonetheless!
Rhubarb  12/17/2016
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I chose this name for my daughter long before this movie The Ring came out, so she has had people commenting on how unique and beautiful her name is since she was a little girl! I heard this name only once when I was a teenager and knew I would name my daughter it one day. I have heard it pronounced Sa-mar-uh but that is not how I originally heard it pronounced. I have always known it as Sa-mare-ah. I didn't want my daughter's nickname to be Sam, so I decided to spell her name different and it sounds more like So-mare-ah, and her nickname sounds like Mare-ah. Two funny stories, I heard a woman calling my daughter's name at the store, when I talked to her and found she named her small child the same name, she practically grilled me on when and how old my daughter was. When she realized my daughter had the name going on 10+ years she seemed very irritated and said she had never heard anyone with the name before. I proceeded to tell her of about 3 more I knew of for sure over the years and she just huffed off, with me sort of laughing a little because while I got where she was coming from, I couldn't believe her utter disbelief. Now the kicker, my daughter was in the Military serving in the Middle East, a foreign street vendor asked her her name, and when she told him, he raised his eyebrows and said something like, "Oh Lady of evening!" Needless to say my daughter was mortified, and said, "thanks Mom, great name for me to have over here." I said it means seed of the Elm, but over there it means something wholly different, or a form of it at least. On a lighter note, many people have asked her if it was OK if they could use her name if they have a daughter one day, because they love it so much and she always says yes. Selfishly I'm kind of like the lady at the store and hope the name never really takes hold because it's so unique, but I think the movie The Ring, helped all the 'already' Samaras keep their name out of the mainstream. Lol.
Ak247  8/2/2016
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My name is Samarra, spelled differently but still great. For the longest time I really hated my name because it was unusual and because I don't speak with my biological mom I could never understand why she picked that out of all her options. After doing some research I found out that the name Samarra is from the Arabic meaning of "night talker" and is also seen as the name of a wise woman. I later found out that my father was Arabian and his name was Samar so my name came from him as well.

I know that being different is weird but I think my name is special. It fits well considering I am a night talker for real!
― Anonymous User  6/26/2016
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I like Samara very much!

It is Biblical but has also a pretty exotic sound.
I love horror movies so The Ring for me is a nice link.
Felie  3/17/2016
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My name is Samara and I love the uniqueness and the universality of the name. I pronounce it Suh-Mah-Ruh but others say it Suh-Marr-uh. I find comfort in the fact that in Hebrew it means "Guided by G-d" and I truly believe I am guided by G-d. Definitely blessed to have this name.
aramas  12/14/2015
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Cute name! It may be the name of that girl from the Ring, but it's classy, pretty, and unique.
firestar11  12/11/2015
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Samara IS related to the biblical baby name SAMARIA. It has always been related to Samaria which is a place, probably a mountain. It's in the back of the Bible- look it up if you don't believe me. My name is SAMARIA and I find it offensive that nobody really knows that Samara is related to Samaria. Samaria is the origin for goodness sake's.
umm  11/10/2015
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MY NAME IS SAMARA (Suh-mar-uh). I love my name, other people love my name. Half the people I meet mispronounce my name (But it's okay because it's a conversation starter) A quarter of the people I meet make "The Ring" connection. Surprisingly, It's not as common as people think unless I bring it up. I've had someone from just about every country tell me my name is native to their land (dope).
I never go by sam. You should absolutely name your baby Samara because it's dope and your daughter can't be anything other than AWESOME with this name.
Also, a child born now will never make "The Ring" connection years down the road (the movie wasn't that great)
SHOUT OUT TO ALL YOU OTHER SAMARAS WE ARE WOMAN WARRIORS.
Samarabee11  8/22/2015
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I like the name because it has some ancient, if somewhat morbid significance unrelated to recent horror films. Aside from the Babylonian city, there's the phrase "Appointment in Samarra", not just a modern novel or Supernatural episode, signifies dying.
Mythology1  3/9/2015
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Justicar Samara is a character in the Mass Effect video game series.
nisimalotse  10/29/2014
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Samara is the Latin name of the Somme River in France.
ophelia_song  7/29/2014
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My name is C'Mara. Pronounced the same but just spelled different!
cmarag  4/18/2014
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I love this name! My littlest sister has this name and it suits her very well, my grandmother also has this name so it ages well.
My family loves unusual names and they all suit us well.
I love strange names  8/31/2012
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My name is not spelled traditionally but is pronounced SUH-MARE-UH Hebrew/Jewish "Guarded by God" first middle name of mine is Rachel - I was around long before they decided to put both of those names in The Ring - I hope people can get past that to see how pretty this name really is.
samarrah_smiles1975  11/23/2011
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I love the Ring! But no one should name their kid Samara after Samara Morgan haha.
abbeynotch  1/25/2011
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I rather like Samara. I sometimes dislike the Sam sound, but find it overall beautiful and find names like Samuel and Samara balance it out. Besides, there are countless real and fictional namesakes who go by Sam who are amazing - and so, if a Samara wants to be a Sam, maybe it's not too bad, and it's a common nickname for a more exotic name.

I really love Russia. It's a country which has completely captured my heart. The peoples, the people in general, the culture, the history and the horrible bits... makes it a country which captures and breaks my heart. One of the most fantastic and unbelievable places on Earth. I don't call Samara one of my favourites, but it's pretty, and since I will raise my future children with my petty knowledge of Russian and Russia, I think it's a nice nod to the fantastic, contrary, awful and awfully amazing country which I have come to adore. Maybe a middle name. You can't call your kid Moscow, after all... hehe.

I think the Ring makers are morons. They could have chosen a hideous name. Samara is not even that close to Sadako. Eugh.
Celadon  12/16/2010
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Ugh, I know a teenager who became pregnant and decided to name her precious daughter "Samorah" (pronounced, sah-MAHR-ah)
Not only did she choose an incredibly modern name, she chose a name with terrible associations and then proceeded to MISSPELL it.
Thanks to little Samorah, I don't really like the name "Samara." It's really rough-sounding and isn't particularly easy to pronounce.
DaphneSusan  11/30/2010
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Olivia Munn made a cameo as "Samara Dubois" in the comedy "The Slammin' Salmon".
DaphneSusan  11/30/2010
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I love Samara! Also the Ring is like, my favorite movie hahaha! But it is very pretty :D
abbeynotch  11/24/2010
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Another Hebrew meaning of the name, Samara, is: guarded by God.
rileysamara  10/18/2010
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Samara means winged seed. For example, a maple key.
― Anonymous User  7/20/2010
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I love The Ring. Samara Morgan ROCKS! Hey if that were my name, I would love it. Plus its got a goddess-like sound to it.
Writing Queen  4/9/2010
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Samara has three distinct meanings hailing from three roots. In Hebrew, it means "protected by God" or "one who is guarded by God"; this is the most popular. In Latin, it means "elm-tree seed" and in Arabic, it has the additional meaning of "reward".
abhatki  3/16/2010
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I like this even though I usually don't like modern names. And the Ring doesn't bother me at all, because the original version is more popular where I live.
― Anonymous User  2/16/2010
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Samara is a Latin name also.
deatheater1408  5/26/2009
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I do love this name. Whenever I hear this name I think of Samara from "The Ring" I love the way they pronounce it in the movie. I am thinking of naming my second daughter this.
deatheater1408  5/26/2009
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My name is Samara and I loved reading the different meaning there is to my name, whilst I've always loved my name and known it to be unique I didn't realise there is so many more of us out there.
samara_maylee  9/9/2008
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Pronounced "sah-mah-rah".
Emilie007  8/3/2008
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Samara is an interesting name, and while I don't nessecarily hate it, knowing that it is the technical name for "helicopter seeds" makes it lose its apeal as a name for me.
jazzbunnie  11/29/2007
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Nice name, but I prefer Samantha.
CharlieRob  9/28/2007
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I love this name, it doesn't make me think of The Ring at all. I like Samara Lilly or Holly Samara.
mum2bubba  8/22/2007
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Samara is a variant of Samira. It means dark skinned in Arabic.
BedtimeBear  8/22/2007
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Reminds me of Samantha too much. Which I'm not exactly an fan of. But this is an interesting name and it's not too common. I like it a little bit.
spaz123  6/29/2007
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Samara means to be guarded by god in Hebrew. Samara is a city in Russia on the river Samara.
samara1975  4/8/2007
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My name is Samara and I love it. I would not want to be called anything else. The originality sparks conversation and this in turn has helped me socially and professionaly. My name Samara is the best present my parents have ever gave me.
samara1975  4/8/2007
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I have come to really like this name. It is very pretty and the meaning of the name is beautiful. I have never seen the movie The Ring so this has no bearing at all for me.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2007
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I love the name Samara. It is actually a nature name. It means Watch Mountain. But it is also the winged fruit of the Ash Tree. Beautiful I know.

And as far as the Ring movie is concerned, any new Samaras won't have to endure any teasing because by the time they reach their school years, the movie will be old news.

Besides almost every name you can think of was used in a movie at one point or another right. We can't always go on referencing every name to someone else. It gets really annoying.
― Anonymous User  3/28/2007
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I think Samara is a lovely name for a girl.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2007
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My name is Samara and I never really liked it but I have come to love it. It is much better than a common name. My parents got my name from a Jewish baby naming book and I have always heard that it meant protected by god. Yes I have gotten references to the Ring but my name is pronounced Sam-a-ra. I also go by Sam or Sammi. The classic reference to my name has always been Samauri which I have hated.
sglantz  3/11/2007
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Samara is a very pretty name in my opinion, but it's like naming a kid Damian or Buffy - it's just too well-known now.
patchworkgirl  11/4/2006
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I heard the name Samara for the first time a few years ago, and thought it was a nice name. My favourite name is Samantha, but that name has become too popular over the last 10 years, and I thought that Samara would make a nice alternative. It’s pretty, feminine, easy to pronounce, and I like the nickname Sam or Sami. I’ve never seen the movie The Ring, so I don’t associate this name with that movie at all. This is definitely a name I would consider using for my daughter.
TiffanyS  10/26/2006
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Samara is indeed a name which probably has multiple origins. I'm not sure it is really derived from the Arabic _Samar_, because according to my reference books Samar is already a feminine name in Arabic. Samarah is given in those books as a separate female name meaning "soft-light." It's also possible that in some instances the name has been created from the botanical term "samara"; in botany, this is the word for the kind of papery seed-bearing fruits found on maple trees.
clevelandkentevans  9/26/2006
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Samara is also a Frank Llyod Wright building.
sqirrlie  6/11/2006
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My name is Samara. I don't think that my name is scarey because of the movie and people don't even make fun of my name, they love it. I think it is a unique name that was made for me and I will always like it. Just because my name is Samara doesn't mean that I'm possesed or anything. Actually my friends love my name and they don't get freaked out by it so don't judge a book by its cover!
sexydama1  5/27/2006
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My name is Samara, and I have always loved it. It means 'watchful and cautious' which describes me brilliantly! It's uncommon, and I get commented on it all the time. It's also very feminine. Beautiful name. I have only once been asociated to the Samara from the Ring! It's not that common.
samara.kate  4/9/2006
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I think this name is really pretty, even though The Ring scared the c**p out of me. Lol, I bet people who are named Samara get teased a lot. WHY DID THE PEOPLE HAVE TO NAME HER SAMARA!?
Emma Hia  1/8/2006
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I'm really sorry, but I can only think of "The Ring" when I hear this name.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2005
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Thankfully at least some people can talk about the origin of the name rather then the crappy film. I much prefer the name Samaria to Samara, but I also like how it shares a name with a Russian city and the Russian origins.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2005
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I really like that name it so unique. You don't see very many people with that name and I would like to name one of my twin daughters like that and the other one Serena. And I was not influenced by the movie The Ring. I think that they gave it a horrible meaning or image. This name means: guarded by God and its origin is Hebrew and in Arabic it means one who talks at night. Not a crazy lunatic person that hunts people. LoL but I just love the name a lot.
froggys  10/18/2005
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I LOVE the name Samara. Yes, I was influenced by the movie "The Ring" when I named my new baby girl Samara about 2 months ago. That movie was actually the influence for both of my children's names (my son is named Aidan), but not because of the movie. Because they are unique.
modelgirl_25  7/13/2005
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Samara is the name of the freaky girl in "The Ring" and "The Ring 2".
Mommy2B  5/5/2005
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Yeah, pop culture will have totally ruined the name. Anyone named Samara now will have to endure references to The Ring.
gin_rummy  6/25/2005
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My name is Samara. It is Hebrew and it means "watchful cautious and guarded by god". It is also a Russian name (hence the car) and in Russian it means "fig tree".
angelicizz  4/1/2005
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A name of uncertain origin, probably influenced by multiple sources. It may be a Hebrew name derived from shamar "protect"; alternatively, it can be the feminine form of Arabic Samar "intimate night talk". Samara is also the name of a city in southern European Russia.
Elly747  2/12/2005

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