[ 3 syll. sa-man-(t)ha, sam-an-tha ] The baby girl name Samantha is also used as a boy name, though the use for girls is far more popular. It is pronounced as Saa-MAEN-THaa †. Samantha's language of origin is English. It is predominantly used in English, French, and German. The name is of disputed origin; it most likely evolved from the combination of Sam with an invented feminine suffix '-antha', perhaps under the influence of Anthea. It was first used in the southern states of the US in the 18th century, especially by Afro-Americans. It became more widespread among general English speakers by the mid 20th century. The name was popularized by the song 'I Love you, Samantha' from the movie High Society (1956); it was written by Cole Porter and introduced by Bing Crosby.
The name Samantha is widely used; it has 54 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Samana, Samanath, Samanatha, Samanitha, Samanithia, Samantah, Samanth, Samanthah, Samanthea, Samantheya, Samanthi, Samanthia, Samanthiah, Samanthy, Samath, Samatha, Samea, Samee, Samella, Samey, Samie, Samm, Samma, Sammah, Sammanth, Sammanthia, Sammanthiah, Sammanthya, Sammanthyah, and Sammatha. Other English forms include the contracted form Sam, the familiar forms Sami, Sammi, Sammie, and Sammy, and the spelling variants Samanta (used in French, and German too), Samanthe, and Sammantha. Forms used in foreign languages include the Hebrew Samanfa and the Hebrew Schmuela.
Samantha is a popular baby girl name. The name increased in popularity from the 1960s up to the 1990s. Its usage peaked in 1991 with 1.262% of baby girls being named Samantha. It was #5 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a decline in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #60 with a usage of only 0.211%, but it was nevertheless the most popular among all girl names in its family. In the last century Samantha has primarily been a baby girl name. In 1989, 215 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Samantha.
Baby names that sound like Samantha include Samanthi, Samanthy, Samata, Seante, Sennette, Shanita, Sumati, Sunandea, Sunita, Suniti, Sushantea, Sushantee, Sushantey, Sushanti, Sushantie, Sushanty, Cinthia, Cinthyia, Cintia, and Zaneta.
† Pronunciation for Samantha: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)"
A famous person named Samantha is Actress, Samantha Morton, born 13 May 1977, Nottingham, England.