Samantha is a name that was first recorded in the 18th century New England. Some speculate it was coined by African slaves in the USA, as a feminine form of Sam. Basically, nobody knows exactly where this name comes from. It wasn't very popular until 1873 when Marietta Holley wrote a series of 10 books about the adventures of a main character called Samantha. It fell out of favor again in the early 20th century when it was resurrected as a character in the television series "Bewitched."

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