is a popular female given name
. It might have been intended to be a female form of Samuel
with the addition of the female name Anthea
. Same is a Hebrew
name, and means "listener" in Aramaic
Samantha, often shortened to Sam, Sami, Sammi, Sammie, Sammeh, or Sammy, is a relatively new name arising in the latter part of the 18th century. It has been a consistently popular name in English-speaking countries in the 20th and 21st centuries. It was ranked as the 12th most popular name for girls born in the United States in 2007 and had been among the top 10 most popular names for girls there between 1988 and 2006. It has been ranked among the top 100 names for American girls since 1976 and among the top 200 names for American girls since 1965. It debuted among the top 1,000 names for American girls in 474th place in 1964. It had ranked among the top 1,000 names for girls in the United States between 1880, the earliest year for which records are available, and 1902. Its popularity in the United States is generally attributed to the popularity of the character Samantha Stephens, the lead character on the television series Bewitched.
Television and film
- Samantha, a fictional character on the UK radio panel game, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
- Samantha (telenovela), a 1998 Venezuelan telenovela
- Samantha Stephens, the lead character on the 1960s television series Bewitched
- Sammy Jo Carrington, full name Samantha Josephine Carrington, from the 1980s prime-time serial Dynasty
- Samantha "Sam" Manson*, a character from the animated show Danny Phantom.
- Samantha McCall from the US daytime soap opera General Hospital
- Samantha Sami Brady, a character on the US daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives
- Samantha Jones (character) from Sex and the City
- Samantha Carter from Stargate SG-1
- Samantha Samuels from Cory in the House
- Samantha "Sam" Stewart from Foyle's War
- Samantha Who?, a 2007 American sitcom starring Christina Applegate
- Samantha Mulder from The X-Files. She was Fox Mulder's sister
- Samantha Fox
- Samantha, a German Shepherd from the 2007 movie I am Legend.
- Samantha Barks, 17 year old finalist from BBC One's I'd do anything in 2008.
- Samantha Spade, an FBI agent on Without a Trace.
- Samantha "Sam" Puckett From iCarly on Nickelodeon.