Samuel has long been a popular Old Testament classic, ranking as the 24th most popular boy's name in the country, with over 11,000 other little Samuels born last year. The Biblical Samuel was one of the great judges and prophets of the Israelites, destined for a holy life from birth and establishing the Hebrew monarchy. Several other high-profile celebs have chosen to name their sons Samuel, including Jack Black and Naomi Watts and Liv Schreiber.
By giving Samuel his mom's maiden name, the Afflecks followed another long tradition, one that is very much alive today in Hollywood and everywhere else—Howard for Bryce Dallas Howard's son Theodore, Russell for Keri Russell's boy River, and Spencer for Tennyson and Charles, sons of Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer.
With the old-fashioned but neglected Violet and Seraphina, the pair proved to be trendsetters. Violet has moved rapidly up the popularity lists to Number 123, and Seraphina is being increasingly considered by parents.
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