Samuel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Samuel was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name for the son of Samuel. This ancient Hebrew font name meaning name of God was not common in the Middle Ages, but was not necessarily of Jewish origin. There were many records of the surname Samuel of English descent.

Early Origins of the Samuel family

The surname Samuel was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times. The family name first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Samuel family

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Samuel Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Samuel include Samwell, Samuel, Samuell, Samway, Samuels and others.

Early Notables of the Samuel family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Samuel (fl. 1551-1569), English divine and poet, perhaps connected with the Samwells of Northampton; Sir William Samwell (1559-1628), Auditor of the Exchequer to Queen Elizabeth I of England; William Samwell (1628-1676) was an English architect; and Sir Thomas Samwell, 1st Baronet (c.1654-1694), Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire from 1689 to 1690 and Northampton from 1690 to 1694. Edward Samuel (1674-1748), Welsh...
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Samuel Ranking

In the United States, the name Samuel is the 1,678th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Samuel is ranked the 3,789th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Samuel family to Ireland

Some of the Samuel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Samuel migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Samuel were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Samuel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Samuel, who settled in Nantasket in 1630
  • Edward Samuel, who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Robert Samuel, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [3]
  • Daniel Samuel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1678-1679 [3]
  • Lydia Samuel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1678-1679 [3]
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Samuel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jonas Samuel, who landed in New York in 1709 [3]
  • Elizabeth Samuel, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1718 [3]
  • Levy Samuel, who arrived in New York in 1740-1741 [3]
  • Myers Samuel, who arrived in Maryland in 1740 [3]
Samuel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Meirs Samuel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806 [3]
  • Charles Samuel, who landed in New York, NY in 1831 [3]
  • Fanny M Samuel, who landed in New York, NY in 1846 [3]
  • Morris L Samuel, who landed in New York, NY in 1846 [3]
  • S Samuel, aged 43, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849 [3]
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Samuel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Otto Herman Samuel, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914 [3]
  • Gustaf Albert Samuel, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1923 [3]

Canada Samuel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Samuel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Samuel, aged 16, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838

Australia Samuel migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Samuel Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Dunt, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for life, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Furnell, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Harcourt, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Haslam, (b. 1766), aged 31, English farm labourer who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 7 years , transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1835 [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Pooley, English convict who was convicted in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
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Samuel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Ingley, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Samuel Knight, (b. 1761), aged 54, English clothier who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for breaking and entering, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Samuel Priest, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Samuel Sadler, British convict who was convicted in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Samuel Smith, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
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New Zealand Samuel migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Samuel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Samuel, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Elizabeth Samuel, aged 49, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Mr. Falso Samuel, (b. 1842), aged 32, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [6]

West Indies Samuel migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Samuel Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Roger Samuel, who settled in Barbados in 1684

Contemporary Notables of the name Samuel (post 1700) +

  • Phillip III Samuel, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000 [8]
  • Noble B. Samuel, American politician, Member of Virgin Islands legislature, 1973-76 [8]
  • Kenneth L. Samuel, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 [8]
  • Julius J. Samuel, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Windsor, 1902 [8]
  • Jim Samuel, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2008 [8]
  • Howard D. Samuel, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964 [8]
  • Herman L. Samuel, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984 [8]
  • Edmund William Samuel (1857-1930), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 16th District, 1905-07 [8]
  • Bernard Samuel (1880-1954), American politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1941-52; Speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1948 [8]
  • Audwin M. Samuel, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 22nd District, 1996 [8]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. E Samuel, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [9]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Owen Wilmore Samuel (d. 1912), aged 41, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Samuel +

  • Samuels Searcher.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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