This popular Old Testament name -- the biblical Samuel established the Hebrew monarchy -- hasn’t left the top 100 for more than a decade. It was really popular in the last part of the nineteenth century, dropped a little in the mid-twentieth century, then jumped again to a peak of 21 in ’05. Since then it’s slipped out of the top 25, but we still find it an endearing choice. Come on, who can resist a little Sam? Despite its popularity, it remains one of the comfiest, friendliest names around.