The name is of a few different etymologies. It could be from the Arabic adjective  امغر (asemr) which means, “tan” or “darkish-skin.” It could also be a variant transliteration of the Arabic female name, Samira.

The name is also a popular Ethiopian female name, its origin may be traced either to the Arabic or it could be an Amharic form of the Biblical city name, Samara.

The name is borne by an Ethiopian Orthodox saint, known as Christos Samra; a yearly festival is held in her honour. Many legends have been attributed to her, one of the most curious being that she went to Hell and asked Satan if he would be willing to reconcile with God. Satan refused to reconcile and held Samra hostage in Hell. Samra was eventually rescued by the Angel Gabriel and in the process, rescued several doomed souls. It is believed that no prayer to her will go unanswered.

Another Ethiopian form is Samrawit, literally meaning, “belonging to Samra.”

As of 2010, Samra 76th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina.



Gender: Feminine
Origin: Arabic; Sanskrit  سميرة‎, समीर

The name is a feminine form of the Arabic or Sanskrit male name, Samir.

Currently, Samira is the 89th most popular female name in Germany, (2011).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Samira Самира (Azeri/Chechen/Kazakh/Kyrgyz/Tatar/Tajik/Turkmen/Uzbek)
  • Zamira Замира (Azeri/Chechen/Kazakh/Russian/Tajik/Turkmen)
  • Samira  مخملباف (Farsi)
  • Sameera (Indian)
  • Semra (Bosnian/Turkish)

Samira is used in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, throughout Central Asia and within the Middle East.