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GenderFeminine
Scriptsשָׂרָה Hebrew سارة Arabic
PronouncedPron.SER-ə English
SAR-ə English
SA-RA French
ZA-ra German
SA:-ra Arabic
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Meaning & History

Means "lady, princess, noblewoman" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of Abraham's wife, considered the matriarch of the Jewish people. She was barren until she unexpectedly became the pregnant with Isaac at the age of 90. Her name was originally Sarai, but God changed it at the same time Abraham's name was changed (see Genesis 17:15).

In England, Sarah came into use after the Protestant Reformation. A notable bearer was Sarah Churchill (1660-1744), an influential British duchess and a close friend of Queen Anne.
VariantsSara, Sera English Sara French Sara German Sara Arabic Sarai Biblical Hebrew
DiminutivesSadie, Sal, Sallie, Sally, Sarina English Sarit Hebrew
Other Languages & CulturesSarra Biblical Greek Sarra Biblical Latin Sara Bosnian Sara Catalan Sara Croatian Sára Czech Sara Danish Sara, Sarina Dutch Saara, Sari, Saija, Salli, Sara Finnish Sara Greek Kala Hawaiian Sára, Sári, Sárika Hungarian Sara Icelandic Sara Italian Sara Macedonian Sara Norwegian Sara Persian Sara Polish Sara Portuguese Sara Serbian Sára Slovak Sara Slovene Sara, Sarita Spanish Sara, Sassa Swedish Suri, Tzeitel Yiddish

Images

Sarah with an angel, in a fresco by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1726)Sarah with an angel, in a fresco by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1726)

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