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Updated March 13, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : Princess, lady

What does Sara mean and stand for?

The name Sara is of Hebrew origin and means “princess.” It is a variation of the name Sarah.

Syllables: 2

How Popular Is The Name Sara

Family name origins & meanings

  • French, English, Hungarian (Sára), and Jewish : from the female personal name Sara, borne in the Bible by the wife of Abraham, mother of Isaac. Compare Sarah.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Sara has been decreasing in popularity since it fell out of the top 100 in 2009. Despite the decline, it does maintain a position in the top 200, toggling between 150 and 190 for the past few years. Sara is still drastically less popular than its sister spelling, Sarah.

However, it is the 20th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Sara was at its peak popularity in March 2021.

In the Old Testament, Sara is the 90-year-old mother of Isaac. Though a newer spelling variation, Sara has various notable namesakes, including actress Sara Gilbert, singer Sara Beth Bareilles, novelist Sara Shepherd, singer Sara Evans, and singer Sara Helena Lumholdt. It’s also been immensely popular in pop culture, appearing in Prison Break, A Little Princess, My Sister’s Keeper, Race to Witch Mountain, Doctor Who, One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, and Orange is the New Black to name a few.

Where is it Popular?

Sara was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Sara

  • Sare
  • Sari

Pairs well with these middle names

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