Short form of Samuel and Samson that's also used independently. A patriotic name. Long associated with Uncle Sam, the popular symbol of the United States dating back to the War of 1812. The animated cartoon character, Yosemite Sam, introduced by Warner Brothers Looney Tunes in 1945, also comes to mind. A top 100 name in Belgium, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales.

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