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Recorded in many spelling forms including: Sanson, Sansom, Sansun, Sinson, Sampson and Sansome, this interesting name is English, but of French origins, of which it has at least three. The first is from the biblical name "Samson", itself derived from the Hebrew "Shimshon", and a diminutive of "shemesh", meaning sun. Among early Christians "Samson" was given as a personal name, in honour of the popular 6th Century Welsh bishop called "Samson". He, it is said, travelled to Brittany in the 9th century, and founded the abbey of Dol where he was later buried, and venerated as a saint.

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