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QUICK FACTS ON Samantha

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: American
  • Popularity: 5
  • Simple Meaning: Not exactly known (probably a combination of two names . . . read on!)

CHARACTERISTICS OF Samantha

Adventurous
Versatile
Energetic
Fun-loving
Optimistic

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PERSONALITY OF THE PERSON NAMED Samantha

You might not be a real witch, like the Samantha of “Bewitched,” but you are so good at getting things done when you put your mind to it that it’s almost like all you have to do is wiggle your nose! If your name is Samantha, you are a creative, energetic, and versatile adventurer. Your brain is always busy working on the next adventure, and your thirst for new experiences drives you on. You have no problem at all taking the risks involved in experiencing something new, and you’re never afraid to try.

With a personality like this, people are naturally drawn to your energetic and outgoing nature. Constantly in motion, you are optimistic and fun-loving!

HISTORICAL ORIGIN – Samantha

The name Samantha started its life in America in the late Seventeenth or early Eighteenth century. No one is certain exactly what Samantha means, but many believe it was meant to be a feminine form of the boy’s name Samuel, meaning “God has heard.” It is also believed that the ending “antha” came from the Greek word “anthos,” which means “flower.”

The name Samantha may have started during the days of the American Colonies, but it wasn’t really popular until the 1960s, when everybody’s favorite nose-twitching witch, Samantha Stevens, hit the airwaves in the TV show “Betwitched.”

POPULARITY OF THE NAME Samantha

After the name Samantha took off (on its broomstick) in 1964, the name continued to climb in popularity over the next forty years. It seems parents wanted their little girls to be a little mischievous, but always in a good-natured way, just like the Samantha of “Bewitched.” A later TV character, Samantha of “Sex in the City” has only proved to heighten the name’s popularity and fun-loving nature. The shortened, pet-name version Sam is also becoming a popular given name for girls.

FAMOUS PEOPLE NAMED Samantha

Pop culture’s current famous Samantha’s include: English singer, dancer, and former model Samantha Fox, “Dancing with the Stars” host Samantha Harris, American TV personality Samantha Brown, and American actresses Samantha Burton, Samantha Lewes, Samantha Mathis, and Samantha Boscarino. Other well-known Samanthas include comic Samantha Bee, musicians Samantha Flynn and Samantha Mumba, and writers Samantha Chaitkin, Samantha Cook, Samantha Power, and Samantha Dunn. Finally, there are host of Olympic athletes from countries all over the world named Samantha: Samantha Albert (Jamaica), Samantha Hamill (Australia), Samantha June Lam (China), Samantha Paxinos (Botswana), Samantha Peszek (United State), Samantha Reid (Australia), and Samantha Taylor (Canada).

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