The name of a city in Biblical times. I combines the prefix Sam, which is so popular, and Aria, which means melody. I think it nicely combines an overused name (Samantha) with a beautiful, meaningful name. I prefer the pronunciation sum-ARE-ee-uh. Nicknames could be Sam, Aria, Ari, or Ria.

Samaria or Shomron, was a city in ancient Israel. It comes from Hebrew meaning "watch tower." The name Samaria is still used to designate the mountainous region around what was the city.

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