Meaning and Origin of: Sarah

Meaning and Origin of Sarah

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : Princess, lady

What does Sarah mean and stand for?

The name Sarah is of Hebrew origin and means "princess". It is derived from the Hebrew word sarah, meaning "princess".

Syllables: 2

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : metronymic from the personal name Sara. In the Bible this is the name of the wife of Abraham. According to the Book of Genesis she was originally called Sarai (said to mean ‘contentious’ in Hebrew), but had her name changed by God to the more auspicious Sarah ‘princess’ in token of a greater blessing (Genesis 17:15, ‘And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be’).
  • Muslim : from an Arabic personal name, Sāra, of Biblical origin, as in 1 above.

Famous people with this first name

Popularity

According to Social Security Administration data, Sarah was in the top 20 from 2000 to 2008, and has slowly fallen in ranks since. While less popular than before, Sarah still remains in the top 100.

However, it is the 34th most popular name on FamilyEducation.com.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Sarah was at its peak popularity in July 2018.

An Old Testament name, Sarah is the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. Though falling recently, the traditional name still maintains a spot in the top 100, invoking images of Sarah Bernhardt, jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, comedian Sarah Silverman, and actress/fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker. The name has been chosen for characters in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Terminator, and Parenthood.

Where is it Popular?

Sarah was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Sarah

  • Sadie (now a name in its own right)
  • Sally (also a name in its own right)

Pairs well with these middle names