Samuel has long been a popular biblical name. In the Bible Samuel was a judge and prophet in early Israel who annointed Saul and David as kings. Two Old Testament books are named for him. The name was propelled into current popularity via that friendly nickname Sam, which came back into favor along with one-time pinochle partners Jake and Max.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson, Writer Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, Opera singer Samuel Ramey, Actor Sammy Davis Jr., Baseball player Sammy Sosa
Son of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Son of Bob Dylan, Son of Jack Black, Son of Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts, Son of Sally Field, Son of Jeremy Irons, Son of Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard