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Samson Family History

Samson Name Meaning
Scottish, English, Welsh, French, German, Dutch, Hungarian (Sámson), and Jewish: from the Biblical name Samson (Hebrew Shimshon, a diminutive of shemesh ‘sun’). Among Christians it was sometimes chosen as a personal name or nickname with reference to the great strength of the Biblical hero (Judges 13–16). In Wales another association was with the 6th-century Welsh bishop Samson, who traveled to Brittany, where he died and was greatly venerated. His name, which is probably an altered form of an unknown Celtic original, was popularized in England by Breton followers of William the Conqueror, and to some extent independently from Wales. AB, pwh.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Samson Families

  • Number of Samson families
     102 - 201
     35 - 101
     1 - 34
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Samson families
     203 - 404
     68 - 202
     1 - 67
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Samson families
     167 - 331
     56 - 166
     1 - 55
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Samson Family Origin

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Samson Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Samson

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Samson Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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