Samir is a male name found commonly in the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, Central Asia, and Europe. In Indo-Aryan languages Samir is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning gust of wind or gentle breeze. In Arabic, Samir means jovial, loyal or charming companion. Samira is the feminine spelling, also found in both languages. The name is also neutral in regard to representation of various religious and ethnic communities in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, Russia, Africa and elsewhere.