The name Samantha is of English origin and means good listener.
The name has been around for around 200 years and first became popular in the latter part of the 20th century on the back of the popular television series Bewitched. The show was first screened in 1964 with the main star named Samantha.
Since the 60s it has regularly featured amongst the most popular girl's names in the United States and was a mainstay in the top 10 between 1988 and 2006. The name is now fairly popular throughout the English speaking world with many Samanthas appearing on film, television and in the music industry.
Samantha is often shortened to Sam or Sammy with those abbreviations especially popular in the UK. During the 80s Sam Fox was a very popular English glamour model appearing regularly in newspaper and television chat shows as her career developed.
Between 2007 and 2009, American Network ABC produced a television series called Samantha Who, which was about the vice-president of a real estate company that developed retrograde amnesia following a hit and run accident. Samantha, played by actress Christina Applegate, realises that she had become selfish and unlikeable before the accident and makes amends, especially to her parents.
The name Samantha is much more popular than the boy's equivalent name, Samuel, which dates back to biblical times. Perhaps the popularity of Samantha has had some impact on the decline in popularity of Samuel since the abbreviations Sam and Sammy have a strong female association.
As a girl's name there is no sign of Samantha falling out of favour, whilst it may have dropped from its peak at the turn of the century, Samantha has remained a popular name for around 50 years.
Samantha means many things the chosen one, a flower, a loving person, a helping child, good listener, beautiful, having a heart full of love and kindness to give away to anyone and everyone, sweet, and lovable, the best of a friend!
Samantha means good listener beautiful god flower full of love and kindness sweet and chosen one and name of god!
What I believe samantha chosen by god ,a great listener ,has a sense of humor ,doesn't take things so serious all of the time,when you get to know samantha they are not like anybody else that you have ever meant before. They take family and friends first above themselves . But just never p*** them off because then they could become completely opposite !
I think it means that either `god heard` or `gods flower.` but it can me of who you are and I bet your name can me a great thing. And my name is samantha and I'm happy with it no matter what.
My name's Samantha. My mother told me when I was young that Samantha means 'Listener and I found out in Hebrew that it means 'God Flower'
My name is samantha and it means every thang that is wonderful and nothing at all bad :>
My name is Samantha I am me first of all I listen, coaperate well with others and try to be a good litsener. I feel as if a name really doesnt have a meaning but you are who you want to be and thats whatz important...good luck on thinking samantha means good listener and a gift from god...now thats a LOL..
My name is Samantha, but I'm not a good listener. Whenever I tell people that they laugh. I am lovable though! (I should tell people my name means that! LOL!)
Origin: Aramaic - Listener
Origin: English - Listener
As Samantha is likely an English variation on Samuel, it does not retain the original Hebrew meaning "heard by God," as it is not a Hebrew name.
Samantha is a relatively new name, arising in the latter part of the 18th century. It was popularized in the 1960s by the TV show 'Bewitched', where the lead character was named Samantha.
Famous bearers include actress Samantha Morton, singer and actress Samantha Mumba and Samantha Bond, who played Miss Moneypenny in James Bond films that starred Pierce Brosnan.
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Uncertain origin. Perhaps it was intended to be a female version of SAMUEL which has 2 meanings either 'name of God' or 'God has heard'. The name is generally thought to have originated in America in the 18th century, but remained uncommon until it received a high profile boost in popularity in 1964 by Elizabeth Montgomery's character in the TV series 'Bewitched'
I don't think that the name samantha really means anything, you decide what kinda person you want to be your name doesnt chose that for you, your name is just what your parents decide to call you and it plays no part in the person that your going to grow up to be!!!! Xx
My name Samantha means EDWARDS number one fan
The samantha everyone in our town knows means " Stealer of men, manipulating and full of lies. Spreads like evil flies and has a different boy every night". - Angela