Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
- The first Canadian bearer of this name was from Normandy, France, and is
documented in Quebec City in 1664; he was said to have been 100 years
old when he died in 1724.
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