Therefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
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George Leo Haydock
About, at the expiration of the year, which term the ancients frequently allowed between the conception and the nativity, Genesis xviii. 10.
Samuel. This name imports, asked of God. (Challoner)
Some letters are omitted for the easier pronunciation, as the Hebrews would now write it, Saul-meel; (Calmet) or it may signify, "God placed him "sum-hal. (Tirinus)
Shaal means, "to ask. "But Vatable thinks that Anna retained only the first letter. (Menochius)