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Origin: Ghana
Region Origin: Western Africa

Samuel is a masculine name of Hebrew origin, meaning "God has heard" or "name of God". The name is derived from the Hebrew phrase "Shemu'el," which is of the same meanings. It has been consistently popular in the English-speaking world and has been ranked yearly in the top 100 names in the United States. The name Samuel has significant religious and historical connotations. In the Bible, Samuel is the last of the ruling judges and leads the Israelites during a period of Philistine domination. As a Christian name, Samuel came into common use after the Protestant Reformation and has been borne by numerous notable people through history, including American inventor Samuel Morse, Irish writer Samuel Beckett, and American actor Samuel L. Jackson.

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