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Origin of the name SAMUEL.
Etymology of the name SAMUEL.
Meaning of the baby name SAMUEL.


SAMUEL.  Biblical.  From Greek Samouel (q.v.), Hebrew Shemuel, meaning "asked of God" or "heard of God."  Usage: America, England, Hungary (Sámuel), Nigeria. 

... A Samuel, native of Palestine, who perished in the persecution of Maximian, obtained a martyr's place in the calendar, and his name has been a favourite in the Eastern Church, as Samuil, Samoilo, in Russia; Schombel in Lusatia; Zomelis in Lithuania. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)

SAMUEL.  [Heb. Shemuel, a contraction of Shemuael = "heard of God," from shama and shamea = "to hear," and El = "God."  Or from Shaulel = "asked of God"; Shaul = "asked" [Saul] and El = "God."  Gesenius suggests also Shemu for Shemi = "Name of," and El = "God"].
    The earliest of the greater Hebrew prophets, and ultimately one of the Israelite "judges."  His father, Elkanah, lived in Ramah, or Ramathaim-Zophim, in Mount Ephraim (cf. 1 Sam. i. 1 with 19 and ii. 11).  Perhaps among his immediate ancestors an Ephraimite and a Levite may have intermarried (though the tribes were generally kept distinct), and Elkanah been in one sense an Ephraimite and in another a Levite.  He had two wives, Peninnah and Hannah.  Hannah, being barren, prayed earnestly to God that she might give birth to a man-child, vowing that if her prayer were answered the infant should be devoted for life to Jehovah, apparently as a Nazarite, for she added, "There shall no razor come upon his head" (cf. Numb. vi. 1-5).  Her petition was granted, the man-child to whom she gave birth was Samuel, and her vow was kept; for no sooner was the infant weaned than he was brought to the tabernacle at Shiloh, and put in charge of the high priest, Eli, to train him for his sacred duties (1 Sam. i., ii. 1-17). (The Sunday School Teacher's Bible Manual, Hunter, 1884)


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