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Goldenchild
shambler
(10/31/02 1:28:47 pm)
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Name of Samara
Hi everyone,

I am a Japanese and not familiar to American name.
My question is how the name of Samara is popular for women's name in USA. Is it old fashion? Or is popular for a certain ancestries? Any informations will be welcomed.

As far as the name of Sadako, I know that we can find this name in Japanese women at the present but is a little unusual because it is slightly old fashion.

SlowBurn
Sadako slave
(10/31/02 1:30:19 pm)
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No Clue
In all honesty, I have never heard the name Samara before in my life until The Ring.

Nuada
shambler
(10/31/02 2:18:28 pm)
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Samara...
It's an old Hebrew name, means 'Under the law or rule of god' or some such. Samantha is a variation you're more likely to hear but Samara is in use...

mikejonas
manipulator of the Virus
(10/31/02 2:38:33 pm)
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Samara

Samara is a little exotic for an American name, IMO, with definitely more of a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern flavor; it's just not "American as apple pie," if you know what I mean. Personally, because of that I felt that it wasn't the best choice of a first name for an American Sadako, especially someone who's supposed to be born the daughter of Washington State horse breeders in 1970 (as opposed to, say, Albanian immigrants). Moreover, I was surprised to hear that it was pronounced "properly" in the movie and kept its exotic tone (suh-MAH-ruh), rather than Americanized into something like SAM-uhruh or suh-MEH-ruh. I guess it might be explained or further explored in a sequel/prequel--perhaps the fact that she was conceived and born in Europe has something to do with it.

miharu
manipulator of the Virus
(10/31/02 4:17:14 pm)
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Re: Samara
and again i'm posting this information over ;p

meaning: ruled by god
origin: hebrew
name: A female given name (rare: 1 in 50000 females; popularity rank in the U.S.: #2441)
name: A surname (very rare: popularity rank in the U.S.: #78802)
(alternate definition)noun: a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple

and as we know now, the tree with the brilliant red leaves (and was on fire) is a japanese maple.

so, samara as a name in the us is rare.. but not terribly so. there's a lot of meaning behind the name and i think it suits the story just fine. i mean, come on.. it was the 70's, she's lucky her parents didn't name her after someone in ABBA. ;p



-miharu

she never sleeps...

tapeborrower
further down the Spiral
(10/31/02 4:31:23 pm)
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Re: Samara
I knew the name only for a car type called Lada Samara. It is russian type i guess.

five dollars for rent, please ...

SadakoIsEve
manipulator of the Virus
(10/31/02 4:32:53 pm)
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Re: Re: Samara
To put it differently so the thick skulls can process it. Samara is a different form of the name Samantha which a lot of us know is common. Least it was common in the 70's for who hasn't heard of the show Bewitched?

tapeborrower
further down the Spiral
(10/31/02 4:39:52 pm)
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Re: Re: Samara
i don't know but it is a type of the car, my friend has got it.
very old looking model, but nice! :)

five dollars for rent, please ...

Sweetest Samara
shambler
(10/31/02 6:46:00 pm)
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a few things
Well I've found a few things

Samara
Meanings: Gaurdian; mountain, outlook, ruled by God
Origin: Hebrew

I couldn't really tell you if this is supposed to apply to Samara as a person. Seems to nice to fit her. It might be that the name sounds mysterious and it also begins with an "S" like Sadako.

SadakoIsEve
manipulator of the Virus
(10/31/02 6:54:16 pm)
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Re: a few things
Exactly

Goldenchild
shambler
(10/31/02 7:23:52 pm)
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Your information
Thank you for your detailed information. I am surprised the details. Where did you get them? Do you know some web sites of name ranking?

miharu
manipulator of the Virus
(11/1/02 5:49:18 am)
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Re: Your information
the site i consulted for a good portion of my information on names was rhyme.lycos.com
about a month ago, they had a little more information regarding origin of names but for some reason they chose to disable it.

-miharu

she never sleeps...

sgriska
shambler
(11/3/02 10:34:04 pm)
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Samara... SamSara...
Aw, shucks!

It's a real let-down to know that it's an old Hebrew name. I had my own little theory going on, kind of fuzzy, but the name "Samara" sounds way close to "samsara", being the Sanskrit word for this illusory world of suffering that we all inhabit. And, that kind of fit the whole sad tale, and even ties into the circular ringishness if we think of how beings keep recycling themselves in samsara, again and again reincarnating because of their negative karma and wrong views, etc.

Not to mention, "Mara" was the name of the demon that tempted the Buddha while he was sitting under the bodhi tree.

stephana
shambler
(11/5/02 1:55:15 pm)
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samara
Your first name of Samara has given you the vision and foresight to be able to organize others and to hold positions of responsibilities with poise and self-confidence. This name creates an optimistic outlook on life and favourable conditions in your personal affairs. You have the ability to express your thoughts and ideas, and you are friendly, likeable, and generous. You enjoy fun, laughter and congenial association. This name also gives you an appreciation of art, music, drama, or any of the many forms of expression in the arts. Since you are quick and fluent in your expression, you have to guard against boastfulness or dominating a situation. You are likely a big eater, requiring heavy foods to satisfy your appetite. Overeating can affect the bloodstream, causing it to become overheated. In turn, skin problems could result. There could also be weaknesses in the generative organs.

jus some input

DaMan791
further down the Spiral
(11/5/02 2:07:10 pm)
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Re: samara
I've never heard the name Samara before other then th movie..we'll maybe once but thats it

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EmeraldEyes
shambler
(11/16/02 11:10:54 pm)
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Samara
I have never heard the name Samara before this movie, but a samara is the winged fruit of a maple tree (if you've ever seen those little winged thingies propelling down from a tree and spinning really fast...thats a samara). anyways, i know that the maple tree was very significant in this movie (the one that it kept showing clips of on the mountain w/clouds going by really fast). maybe her name has some connection to that.

JustaPinoy
further down the Spiral
(11/16/02 11:43:57 pm)
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RE: Samara
I just looked in my local White Pages/Yellow Pages and found Anna Morgan! lol, no Samara though. Look in your guy's phone directory and see if Samara lives in your neighborhood! hehe..

hip hip weaser 
Sadako slave
(11/17/02 12:15:14 am)
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HAHA! 2 Richard Morgans in my area! lol.

Rachael
out from the well
(11/17/02 1:00:09 am)
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Heh.

I posted before that anybirthday.com has 1 Samara Morgan in the country.

Superpages.com has none.

gdmariya
Sadako slave
(11/17/02 8:41:32 am)
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I just met someone named Samara in school a couple of days ago :(

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SadakoIsEve
the chosen infected
(11/17/02 8:51:39 am)
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I posted week ago and I mean it; Samara is short for Samantha :)

CgChick09 
manipulator of the Virus
(11/17/02 9:31:32 am)
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Samantha?? really? well iv never met someone with the name Samara or Samantha. There is a Samara Morgan though. And an Anna mogan. Someone posted something about how she found out about them.

mikejonas
moderator
(11/17/02 11:35:20 am)
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The names Samara and Samantha are not derived from each other, though they are both Hebrew in origin. Samara means "watch" (as in vigil) or "outlook," while Samantha means "listener."

Some names do have some direct relationships with each other, like Isabel and Elizabeth, both originating from the Hebrew for "consecrated to God," or Eileen, Eleanor, Helen, Ellen, and Elaine, all descended from the Greek for "light." But Samara and Samantha, despite their spelling similarities, don't share the same etymology.

miharu
everyone will suffer
(11/17/02 11:53:55 am)
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samara sure isn't derived from samantha, but daveigh chase DOES play the part of samantha darko in donnie darko ;p

-miharu

she never sleeps...

Kings Ghost 
Sadako slave
(11/17/02 4:20:23 pm)
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Samara is not popular in the US. I dot think there is one person that goes by the name samara here. it is often used in the Middle East tho in different variations. my aunt's name is Samar. no "a" at the end.

miharu
everyone will suffer
(11/17/02 7:53:33 pm)
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i actually know two Samaras here in the states; one is hispanic and the other is canadian. we've already covered that Samara is Hebrew in origin, but thanks for the input.

-miharu

she never sleeps...

samaras well
Sadako slave
(11/18/02 12:06:09 am)
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There is a city in Russia called Samara. It is in a region knowna s the "Golden Ring"

:X

Round and Round The World is Spinning
When it Stops, it's Just Beginning

miharu
everyone will suffer
(11/18/02 8:32:13 am)
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haha that's the coolest explaination i've heard yet ^^

-miharu

she never sleeps...

SadakoIsEve
the chosen infected
(11/18/02 12:43:17 pm)
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hehe

Ghetto Ring
citizen of the Loopworld
(11/18/02 1:09:58 pm)
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This reminds me of that smasara post

This is Samara?!



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