Pronounced Pron. SAH-jər-nər, SO-jər-nər, sə-JAWR-nər, sə-JUWR-nər
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Contributor Contrib.babycrookston on 4/1/2011
From the English word meaning "one who stays temporarily (sojourns)", which is ultimately derived from the Latin elements sub "under, until" and diurnus "of a day" (from diurnum "day"), via the vulgar Latin subdiurnare "to spend the day". The minister, abolitionist, woman's rights activist, speaker and ex-slave Sojourner Truth took the name in 1843, believing this to be the instructions of the Holy Spirit, and became a traveling preacher (the combined meaning of her new name).