Samantha is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning. Most sites I’ve been to have listed it as being a feminine form of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”; or it could be a combination of Samuel and Anthea, which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “blossom”. It’s also possible that Samantha is the anglicized form of Sijmentje, a Dutch female name, the feminine form of Sijmens which is the Dutch form of Sigmund meaning “victory protector” or “victorious through protection” from Germanic elements sigu (victory) which comes from Proto-Germanic *segaz (victory, triumph) derived from PIE *seǵʰ- (to hold, overpower); and mund (protection) which comes from Proto-Germanic *mundō (protection, security; hand) from PIE *man- (hand; man, human being).
It’s also possible that Samantha may have been influenced by Psamanthe, a variant of Psamathe, a Greek female name meaning “sand goddess” made up from Ancient Greek elements psammos (sand) and theia (goddess). In Greek mythology, Psamathe is one of the Nereid, sea-nymphs who are the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris, as well as being the name of one of the lovers of Apollo, the mother of his son Linus; she abandoned her son for fear of her father’s reaction, and he was torn apart by dogs. Psamanthe was a form used in some translations of Ovid’s Metamorphosis. Samantha is also a Sri-Lankan masculine name derived from Saman, the name of a Sri-Lankan god meaning “the rising morning sun”. From what I could find, it’s used as a purely male name in Sri Lanka.
Nicknames: Sam, Sammy/Sammie
Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Greek, Proto-Indo-European, Sri-Lankan
- Samanta (Italian, Spanish)
- Saman (Sri Lankan)
- Samuel (English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew)