Samson comes from Hebrew Shimshon meaning “sun” which derives from Proto-Semitic *śamš- (sun). In the Old Testament, Samson was an Israelite judge with extraordinary strength tied to his long hair and who was eventually betrayed by his lover, Delilah. Samson is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Semitic



  • Sampson (Biblical Greek, English)
  • Shimshon (Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew)
  • Sansone (Italian)
  • Shamash (Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian)


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