Samba name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Samba mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Samba

User Submitted Origins

Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Canada says the name Samba means "Shepherd" and is of African origin.
  2. According to a user from India, the name Samba is of Hebrew origin and means "Thank".
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Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A form of canasta using three decks of cards and six jokers
  2. A lively ballroom dance from Brazil
  3. Music composed for dancing the samba
  4. Large west African tree having large palmately lobed leaves and axillary cymose panicles of small white flowers and one-winged seeds; yields soft white to pale yellow wood
  5. Dance the samba

Borrowing from Portuguese samba

  1. A Brazilian ballroom dance or dance style.
  2. A Brazilian musical genre, to which the aforementioned dance is danced, which has its roots in West Africa via the slave trade.

samba was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, French, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Samba

Notable Persons Named Samba

Samba Diakité

Samba Diakité is a soccer player for the Queens Park Rangers F.C., AS Nancy, Watford F.C., Ittihad FC, and Mali national football team. Samba was born on January 24th, 1989 in Montfermeil, France.

Samba Sow

Samba Sow is a soccer player for the Kayserispor, RC Lens, Kardemir Karabükspor, and Mali national football team. Samba was born on April 29th, 1989 in Bamako.

Samba Bathily

Samba Bathily is a co-founder of akon lighting africa, chief executive officer of solektra international, akon lighting africa, and co-founder ofakon lighting africa. Samba was born on October 23rd, 1971 in Bamako.

Samba N'Diaye

Samba N'Diaye is an athlete for the R.S.C. Anderlecht, FC Metz, AS Beauvais Oise, Lille OSC, AS Saint-Étienne, FC Nantes, Amiens SC, Chamois Niortais F.C., AC Ajaccio, Al-Nasr Dubai SC, Al-Shamal Sports Club, and France national football team. Samba was born on November 30th, 1972 in Dakar.

Samba Diawara

Samba Diawara is a soccer player for the A.F.C. Tubize, Red Star F.C., Troyes AC, FC Istres, CS Louhans-Cuiseaux, R.O.C. de Charleroi-Marchienne, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, and Mali national football team. Samba was born on March 15th, 1978 in Paris.

Samba Adama


Notable Persons With the Last Name Samba

Notable Persons With the Last Name Samba

Christopher Samba

Christopher Samba is a soccer player for the FC Dynamo Moscow, FC Rouen, CS Sedan Ardennes, Hertha BSC II, Hertha BSC, Blackburn Rovers F.C., FC Anzhi Makhachkala, Queens Park Rangers F.C., and Congo national football team. Christopher was born on March 28th, 1984 in Créteil, France. Christopher is also known as Samba and Veijeany Christopher.

Brice Samba

Brice Samba is a soccer player for the AS Nancy, Pacy Vallée-d'Eure, Le Havre AC, and Olympique de Marseille. Brice was born on April 25th, 1994 in Linzolo.

Cherno Samba

Cherno Samba is a soccer player for the Millwall F.C., Cádiz CF, Atlético Malagueño, Plymouth Argyle F.C., Wrexham F.C., FC Haka, Panetolikos F.C., FK Tønsberg, England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-18 football team. Cherno was born on November 10th, 1985 in Banjul, Gambia.

Chéri Samba

Chéri Samba is a in the field of painting. Chéri was given the name David Samba on December 30th, 1956 in Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Näääk is a funk and hip hop music singer, rapper, songwriter, and rapping. He was most active from 2000 to present. Näääk was given the name Matar Henrikki Samba on March 29th, 1983 in Rinkeby.

Neguinho do Samba

Neguinho was born in 1955. He died on October 31st, 2009.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Samba U.S.
  White 3.50% 64.26%
  African American 84.37% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.36% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.70% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Samba

People with the last name Samba are most frequently African American

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Fun Facts about the name Samba

  • How Popular is the name Samba? Samba is the 32,729th most popular name of all time. As a last name Samba was the 55,386th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Samba have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 140 babies born with the first name Samba in the United States. That's more than enough people named Samba to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Samba? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1997 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Samba first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Samba is Monday, January 1st, 1951.
  • What year had the most people named Samba born? The highest recorded use of the first name Samba was in 2008 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Random Samba Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Samba is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Samba: The name spelled backwards is Abmas. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Asmab. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Samba? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 371 people with the last name Samba.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Samba? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Samba as their last name since less than 1 person in 769k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Samba name meaning

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