Origin of the name SAMUEL.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name SAMUEL.
From Greek Samouel (q.v.),
meaning "asked of God" or "heard of
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)
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)