Samuel Meaning and Origin

The name Samuel is a boy’s name meaning “God has listened” and is of Hebrew origin. The name Samuel is a contracted form of Hebrew sha’ulme’el. In the Old Testament, Samuel was a prophet and judge who anointed Saul as the first king of Israel and later anointed David as king. In terms of popularity, Samuel has been a consistently popular name in the United States, ranking in the top 30 names for boys since the 1970s. The name Samuel has been used widely throughout history and is still popular today. Famous people with the name Samuel include Samuel L. Jackson, Samuel Morse (inventor of the Morse code), and Samuel Adams (one of the Founding Fathers of the United States).

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