Meaning and Origin of: Sabin

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Latin : Optimist
  • Latin : Name of an ancient Roman clan

First name variations

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English and French : from the medieval French form of the Latin personal name Sabinus or its feminine form Sabina, originally an ethnic name for a member of an ancient Italic people of central Italy, whose name is of uncertain origin. According to legend, in the 8th century bc the Romans slaughtered the Sabine menfolk and carried off the women. More influential as far as name-giving is concerned was the existence of several Christian saints bearing this name. The masculine name was borne by at least ten early saints (martyrs and bishops), but as a given name the feminine form was always more popular.
  • Jewish : probably also an Americanized form of some like-sounding Jewish name.