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Most Common Male Name:  Samuel

Samuel has been in the top 100 of US boys’ names for at least 1010 years. It comes from Hebrew and means “God has heard” or “name of God”. Long used as a Jewish first name, it became popular among Christians after the Protestant Reformation and is still a favorite in so-called Christian countries. The Biblical prophet Samuel anointed King Saul and King David of Israel. Famous Samuels include Sam Brownback, 46th governor of Kansas; Sammy Davis Jr., American entertainer; Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart; Sam Donaldson, American news anchor; and Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph.

Most Common Female Name:  Sophia

Sophia is a Greek name meaning “wisdom”. The name is also used in Orthodox Christianity to refer to the Holy Spirit, which is feminine. It is popular in Europe and North America. The capital of Bulgaria is Sofia, a variant of the name. The beautiful Hagia Sophia (meaning “holy wisdom”) in Istanbul, Turkey, was built as a Christian basilica, became a Muslim mosque, and is now a museum. The concept of sophia (wisdom) is a central term in many philophies and religions. Famous Sophias include Sophia Loren, Italian actress; Sophie Tucker, American singer; and many European and British royals.

 
 
 
 
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