Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Hebrew judge and prophet of the 11th century B.C. who anointed Saul as king.
  • n. See Table at Bible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name.
  • proper n. One of two books of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  • proper n. The primary author and central character of the first book of Samuel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Old Testament) Hebrew prophet and judge who anointed Saul as king

Etymologies

Hebrew šəmû'ēl, name of God : šəmû, name; see šm in Semitic roots + 'ēl, God; see אl in Semitic roots.
After Samuel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hebrew שְׁמוּאֵל (shmuel), means "The one who listens to God" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As an outsider, as a Jew born in the East End of London, he would put his considerable energies into seeking and winning acceptance for the name Samuel at the highest levels of British society.

    The Prize

  • I thought at the time he might have been inflating his own work, but when I go back and read the scientific journals of that period I see that he was right: the name Samuel Nelson is mentioned in the same articles that trace the experiments that yielded the Nobel Prize.

    The Beautiful Miscellaneous

  • According to the dictionary, the name Samuel originally comes from the Hebrew Shemuel, which means literally “name of God.”

    The G.O.D. Experiments

  • Moreover, my informal questioning of hundreds of individuals over more than fifteen years since then is that most people have no idea, either; not even many religious Jews know what the name Samuel means or where it comes from.

    The G.O.D. Experiments

  • Have a charming vacation, spend your holiday bucks on the river that gave Mark Twain his name Samuel Clemens was a Mississippi riverboat pilot for a time.

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  • Another match for the name "Samuel Jackson" returned a Virginia man convicted of aggravated sexual battery and sentenced to life in prison, where he remains today.

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • RITA-award-winning author and WU contributor Barbara Samuel is auctioning off some critiques on eBay in order to raise money for the AVON breast cancer walk in late June.

    Writer Unboxed » 2008 » June

  • His cousin Samuel Adams was responsible for a bill in Massachusetts that outlawed slavery in Massachusetts.

    Think Progress » Thiessen’s Inconsistency Undermines Claim That Detainee Lawyers Can’t Be Compared To John Adams

  • Also on display will be a 7-foot stone post featuring carved dragons on a floral background; it's the only major architectural remnant from Xanadu, present-day Duolun, whose palace was immortalized in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan."

    NYC Exhibit Unveils Rich Treasures Of Yuan Dynasty

  • As predicted, entertainment and media outlets have picked up on the fact that Xavier Samuel is the hot new face of the Twilight saga.

    Twilight Lexicon » Xavier Samuel in GQ

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