[ 1 syll. sam, sa-m ] The baby boy name Sam is also used as a girl name, but it is much more common for boys. It is pronounced in English as SAEM †. Sam is largely used in the English language, and its origin is English and Hebrew. This is the name of a fictional hobbit and Frodo's friend in the J. R. R. Tolkien novel The Lord of the Rings (1954). His full name is Samwise, which is from Samwís and ultimately means 'halfwise' or 'simple' in the Westron language created by Tolkiwn. Uncle Sam is known as the national personification of the United States or the American government. See Sam for more information.
Sam is a short form of the name Sampson (English).
Sam is also an English short form of the name Samson (English and German).
Sam is also an English short form of the name Samuel (English, French, German, and Hebrew).
Sammy (English pet form) is another variant of Sam.
See also the related form, Samantha.
Sam is a classic favorite. Currently it is still fairly popular as a baby name for boys, though it was in more widespread use in the past. In 1900, 0.506% of baby boys were given the name Sam. Its ranking then was #34. The baby name has since experienced a substantial loss in popularity, and it is of occasional use in recent years. In 2015, its usage was only 0.025% and its ranking #554, but it was nonetheless the 2nd most popular after Samuel, among all boy names in its group. In 2015, its use outnumbered Sam's by 21 times. Sam has predominantly been a baby boy name in the past century.
† Pronunciation for Sam: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Sam:
Business Personality Sam Walton, born 29 March 1918 - 6 April 1992, Kingfisher, Oklahoma.
Comedian Sam Kinison, born 8 December 1953 - 10 April 1992, Yakima, Washington.
Daredevil Sam Patch, born 1807 - 13 November 1829, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Filmmaker Sam Peckinpah, born David Samuel Peckinpah, 21 February 1925 - 28 December 1984, Fresno, California.
Filmmaker Sam Raimi, born 23 October 1959, Royal Oak, Michigan.
Military Leader Sam Houston, born 2 March 1793 - 26 July 1863, Rockbridge County, Virginia.
National Icon Uncle Sam.
Physician Sam Sheppard, born 1924 - 6 April 1970, Cleveland, Ohio.