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Sampson Surname Meaning

English Welsh and Jewish: variant of Samson . The -p- was introduced in the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew name Shimshon. English: of Norman origin a habitational name from any of the French places called Saint-Samson (Seine-Maritime Calvados) including Saint-Samson-de-Bonfosse (Manche) and Saint-Samson-de-la-Roque (Eure) so called from the dedication of their churches to Saint Samson of Dol the Welsh bishop (see Samson ). Americanized form of French Breton German and Dutch Samson . Greek: from the personal name Sampson (see 1 above) or an American shortened form of any of various patronymics derived from this name e.g. Sampsonidis and Sampsonoglou.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Samson, Simpson, Hampton, Rampton, Sympson, Hampson, Simson, Ramson

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Where is the Sampson family from?

You can see how Sampson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sampson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sampson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 699 Sampson families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 46% of all the recorded Sampson's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Sampson families in 1911.
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What did your Sampson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Sampson. 36% of Sampson men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Sampson women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sampson were Fisherman and Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    36%
  • Labourer
    15%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Fisherman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    25%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Student
    9%
  • Servant
    7%
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There are 41,000 military records available for the last name Sampson. For the veterans among your Sampson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sampson lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Sampson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Sampson in 1943 was 42, and 71 in 2004.

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