Sami is an Arabic male name meaning “elevated, sublime, supreme, high, lofty” as well as an Arabic surname derived from the given name. It’s also the Finnish diminutive of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”. It could also be an English short form of Samuel and Samantha. Sami is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as:
- sa 沙 “sand” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (沙美);
- sa 沙 “sand” + mi 海 “sea; ocean” (沙海);
- sa 沙 “sand” + mi 望 “wish; hope; desire” (沙望);
- sa 沙 “sand” + mi 味 “flavor, taste” (沙味);
- sa 沙 “sand” + mi 未 refers to “the Sheep, the eighth sign of the Chinese zodiac” (沙未);
- sa 沙 “sand” + mi 弥 “all the more; increasingly” (沙弥)
There are likely other meanings depending on other kanji. Written in hiragana it’s さみ.
Sami is also a word in Quechua meaning “fortune, luck”, as well as also used to refer to the Sami people, an indigenous people living in parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The name derives from Proto-Balto-Slavic *žēmē meaning “land, earth” derived from a PIE root word. Sami is also the name of an ancient city in Elis, Greece, as well as the name of a municipality in Kefalonia. It seems to be derived from Ancient Greek sámos meaning “seaside hill, dune, height” which seems to be derived from a Phoenician source.
Origin: Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Quechua, Proto-Indo-European
- Sammi (English) unisex
- Sammie (English) unisex
- Sami (Turkish)
- Samia (Arabic)
- Samiya (Arabic)
- Samiye (Turkish)