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ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Sampson is English in origin from a biblical name Shimshon, itself Hebrew, and likely derived from shemesh for “sun.” The name is most usually associated with Sampson, the Jewish athlete famous for his tremendous strength. According to the book of the Bible, Judges, his mistress Delilah learned that the secret of his strength was his hair and she weakened him by cutting it. Despite this, the Bible speaks of his ability to pull down two temple pillars he was tied to, causing them to crash down, kill him and make a mess. During the Middle Ages, the name Sampson increased in Celtic regions because of the Welsh Celtic 6th Century St. Sampson. His legacy and sainthood stem from his missionary work and establishment of a monastery in Brittany. 
According to the Social Security Administration, Sampson has not been one of the top 1000 most popular names in the United States since 1914. Then, it ranked 963rd – its all-time highest ranking in the last 100 years. Going back to 1880, the first year that there is a Social Security Administration record available, does not dramatically alter the portrait of Sampson’s popularity as a name. Although it hovered in the high 400s and mid 500s from 1897 to 1900, it regularly dropped 200 to 300 spaces in the rankings over just a few years. Some biblical and historic names do benefit from trends during what are considered the more “romantic” periods in American history, and Sampson may have periodically been part of this.
- Sampson Crater is "a small impact crater on the near the central part of the Mare Imbrium on the Moon" 
- The Sampson Medal is a distinguished award given by the United States Navy
- The were several United States ships with the name USS Sampson. They are all destroyers and were never in active duty at the same time. They were commissioned in the years 1917, 1938, 1961 and 2007.
- Sampson, North Carolina was established in April of 1784 by the North Carolina General Assembly. Sampson County's early founders were Scotch-Irish immigrants from North Ireland. 
- Sampson, Wisconsin is a small town in west-central Wisconsin
- Sampson the Hospitable was a saint venerated by Eastern Churches. He died in 530. Despite being born to a prominent family, he dedicated much of his life to the poor.
Author: Mike Szimanski
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