Samantha

Samantha - A unique female name



  Feb 23,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Samantha, meaning told by God, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1915 on position #1547. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Samantha and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Samantha? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Samantha. The baby girl name Samantha was given to 6,874 baby girls in 2012, ranking #26 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 206 baby girls were given this name - making this a unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Samantha peaked in popularity 19 years ago in 1998 on position 3.



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Samantha is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Samantha is currently topping the baby name charts in California at position #9 - and is the least popular in South Dakota at position #156.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Samantha is where you live.


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Samantha origin and meaning

Samantha is a 8 letter name with 3 syllables. This name means told by God. To see famous people named Samantha, pop culture references for the name Samantha and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Samantha

We've found the following names that sound similar to Samantha, sorted by popularity.

Sandy / Sandi / Shonda / Shanda / Shante / Shanta / Santa / Shanita / Samatha / Shawanda /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
201226
201117
201015
200914
200811
200712
200610
20058
20049
200310
20029
20017
20007
19995
19983
19976
19965
19954
19944
19934
19926
19915
19905
19896
19888
198711
198621
198529
198439
198340
198244
198151
198058
197966
197874
197785
197685
1975101
1974128
1973135
1972137
1971145
1970149
1969139
1968136
1967175
1966181
1965179
1964472
19631206
19621371
19611313
19601421
19591076
19581130
19571975
19541868
19531845
19522154
19501559
19492093
19481543
19431911
19351778
19331751
19202006
19191959
19151547

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
California9
New Jersey11
Hawaii15
Florida16
Nevada16
New York16
Illinois17
Rhode Island17
Connecticut19
New Mexico22
Montana23
Texas23
Massachusetts23
Arizona24
Washington27
Oregon27
Utah28
Kansas29
Delaware29
New Hampshire30
Colorado30
Alaska32
Vermont34
Wisconsin36
Maryland36
Pennsylvania36
Nebraska40
Virginia41
Michigan41
Minnesota41
Idaho42
Ohio47
Georgia48
Iowa48
Wyoming50
Missouri51
North Carolina54
Oklahoma60
Indiana62
District of Columbia62
Maine63
Tennessee67
South Carolina69
Arkansas71
Louisiana73
Kentucky88
North Dakota118
West Virginia120
Alabama123
Mississippi149
South Dakota156

Even more about Samantha


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Samantha a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Samantha?

3 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1998
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Samantha
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 206
Letter count 8
Syllable count 3
Year first discovered 1915
2012 births +6,874

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