This is a pretty and quite popular girls’ name, recently boosted by the main character in the 2002 horror movie ‘The Ring’. It has several meanings. As a nature name, it could be derived from the word for the winged seeds which grow on trees such as maples
As a locational name, it refers to both the Iraqi city of Samarra and Samara in Russia. The novel 'Appointment in Samarra' (1934) by John O'Hara, refers to an ancient Babylonian legend about a man trying to evade death and is set in Samarra, Iraq.