The name Samuel means "name of God" or "God has heard." It is derived from the Hebrew masculine name Shemu'el.
History of Samuel
The name Samuel can be found in the Old Testament of the Bible. Samuel was the last of the ruling judges. He anointed Saul to become the first king of Israel. Samuel also anointed David as a king of Israel. After the Protestant Reformation, Samuel increased in popularity as a Christian name.
In English, Samuel is often pronounced "SAM-yoo-el."
Samuel in Other Languages
Samuel has variant forms in other languages, for example, Samuli (Finnish), Shmuel (Hebrew), Samuele (Italian), Sawyl (Welsh) and Samu (Hungarian).
Diminutive names for Samuel include Sam, Sammie and Sammy. Feminine versions of Samuel are Samantha and Samanta.