Samuel

  • TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    I’ve been thinking about this name since Anabel mentioned it as a possible good little brother’s name for Alexander and William. :) A friend just had a baby named Samuel and it’s growing on me more. I love the meaning too. I do have a cousin named Sam and a good friend with a little boy named Sam but both live far away so we don’t see them often.

    WDYT of Samuel? And if you had a Samuel, would he go by Sam or the full Samuel?

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  • Phlutegirl
    Phlutegirl
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    I like Samuel. If I had one, I think I’d call him Sam.

    jenni_lynn91
    jenni_lynn91
    Participant

    I like the name Samuel. I had an uncle with this name, and my next door neighbors named their son Samuel. They are Mexican, and pronounce the name Sahm-Well. I would probably call my son Sam because that’s what we called my uncle. If I used the name, it would probably be only as a middle name.

    vivnoles
    vivnoles
    Participant

    I love Samuel, and Sam is so friendly.

    Just wondering, how do YOU pronounce it? I’ve heard it said so many different ways. I say it Sam-well, but I’ve heard it Sam-yull, Sam-you-ell, Sam-you-ull, etc.

    jenni_lynn91
    jenni_lynn91
    Participant

    My grandma pronounced my uncle’s name Sam-you-ull. I have also heard it pronounced Sam-you-ell. I would pronounce it one of those two ways in English. We only ever called my uncle Sam, never Samuel.

    vivnoles
    vivnoles
    Participant

    I’m American of Scandinavian heritage, mother tongue is English, and I’ve only ever said it Sam-well, lol ;)

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    I love Samuel! It’s on my own short list. I adore the friendly and approachable/down-to-earth Sam as a nn, too (and Sammy’s adorable for a little boy!). I’d probably use a mixture of all three. I’m afraid if I didn’t try very hard, he’d end up JUST Sam, but I wouldn’t want that–I adore Samuel in full, and I wouldn’t want him to think he’s only Samuel when he’s in trouble or when a stranger is meeting him for the first time. It’s such a charming name! And goes with so many things. Samuel Gaspard John is my combo. :)

    Myosotis
    Myosotis
    Participant

    I like Samuel (I say Sam-you-ull), but I’m not a big fan of Sam. I find Sammy a bit childish, although I have a cousin called Sammy, who’s a year older than me, who wears it pretty well.

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
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    Wow, I’ve never heard it said any way other than Sam-yull or a slight Sam-you-ull. I figured it was one of those classicly English names that was pronounced the same all over! Sam-well definitely sounds Spanish to me, but I’ve still never heard of it being said like that. Weird!

    I honestly love it, it’s so handsome. I’d definitely call him Sam, though, or even Sammy.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Thanks for the responses!

    Interesting about the pronunciation. I have heard the Spanish pronunciation but outside of that I’ve always heard it pronounced kind of “sam-yule.” (Though like pp’s said, sometimes it’s a little more 2 syllables, sometimes more 3.) Though of course now that I’m trying to break it down I’m not sure which way I tend to say it more. ;) They are so close though.

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Samuel sounds great alongside Alexander & William! I never thought about how many different ways there are to say it, but I have heard almost all of them come to think of it! I think I’d most likely say: Sam-yull

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    Love it! If I had a boy today, that would most likely be his name. I would prefer to have him go by Samuel instead of Sam.

    gaamy
    gaamy
    Participant

    my one and only nephew is Samuel. he’s nearly 14 now. the pronounciation i hear most often is pronouciation in america Sam-yu-ull, but i have found that how you pronounce it depends on the situation.

    we call him sam and sammy in equal turns.

    rylane46
    rylane46
    Participant

    I like Samuel a lot. I toyed with it on my boy long list…but I only have girls so that’s about as far as I went with it. I do like Sam and Sammy though. Like all full names with a natural nn, you have to decide if it’s worth the battle.

    My nephew is Nicholas…he was called exclusively by Nicholas until he started kindergarten, then he started calling himself Nick, and now so do his friends (he’s a junior, so WE still refer to him as Nicholas but…).

    I know you said you have a William and an Alexander but I’ve been off this website for awhile and can’t remember if they use nns or not (if not, I’m sure you’re aware of the nn battle). Btw, I love both those names and think Samuel fits in beautifully.

    Oh and I pronounce it as Sam-Yule.

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    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    I say SAM-yule. Never heard it pronounced another way…

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    @rylane46, they go by Will and Alex.

    It does seem like it’s more common/accepted now for kids to go by their full name so you don’t get as much pushback as when we were kids and everyone went by Matt, Andy, Nate, etc. ;) I like Sam as well so I wouldn’t mind if he chose that on his own when he’s older. My sis and BIL named one of their sons Nathan and they really dislike the nn Nate (which I actually love)! They said it hasn’t really been much of an issue getting people to call him Nathan though. I think it helps too if the full name isn’t all that long.

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