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Samson Surname Meaning

English Welsh French Breton German Dutch Jewish Filipino African (mainly Nigeria Tanzania and Ethiopia) and West Indian (mainly Haiti); Hungarian (Sámson): from the Biblical personal 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. The English surname has been established in Ireland since the 14th century. In France this surname is most common in Morbihan (Brittany). Compare Sampson . — Note: Since Ethiopians do not have hereditary surnames the Ethiopian name was registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. Filipino: Chinese Filipino surname formed with Chinese 孫 or sūn ‘grandchild’ as the second element. The first element 三 in Chinese means ‘third’ a reference to birth order. See also 1 above.

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

Similar surnames: Sampson, Ramson, Salmon, Sarson, Sasson, Simson, Faison, Cason

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You can see how Samson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Samson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Samson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 925 Samson families living in Quebec. This was about 70% of all the recorded Samson's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Samson families in 1911.
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What did your Samson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur and Commis were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Samson. 14% of Samson men worked as a Cultivateur and 10% of Samson women worked as a Commis. Some less common occupations for Americans named Samson were Fisherman and Housewife. .

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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

  • Cultivateur
  • Farmer
  • Journalier
  • Fisherman

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Commis
  • Manager
  • Servant
  • Housewife
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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Samson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Samson in 1943 was 43, and 78 in 2004.

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