Gender Feminine
Scripts שָׂרָה(Hebrew) سارة(Arabic)
Pronounced Pron. SEHR-ə(English)
SA-ra(Danish, Dutch)

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 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. It was consistently popular in the 20th century throughout the English-speaking world, reaching the top of the charts for England and Wales in the 1970s and 80s.

Notable bearers include Sarah Churchill (1660-1744), an influential British duchess and a close friend of Queen Anne, and the French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923).

Related Names

VariantsSara, Sera(English) Sara(French) Sara(German) Sara(Danish) Sara(Swedish) Sara(Norwegian) Sara(Dutch) Sara(Hebrew) Sara(Arabic) Sarai(Biblical Hebrew)
DiminutivesSadie, Sal, Sallie, Sally, Sarina(English) Sarina(German) Sassa(Swedish) Saar, Sarina(Dutch) Sarit(Hebrew)
Other Languages & CulturesSara, Sarrha(Biblical Greek) Sarai, Sarra(Biblical Latin) Sara(Bosnian) Sara(Catalan) Sara(Croatian) Sára(Czech) Saara, Sari, Saija, Salli, Sara(Finnish) Sara(Greek) Kala(Hawaiian) Sára, Sári, Sárika(Hungarian) Sara(Icelandic) Sara(Italian) Sara(Macedonian) Sara(Persian) Sara(Polish) Sara(Portuguese) Sara(Romanian) Sara(Serbian) Sára(Slovak) Sara(Slovene) Sara, Sarai, Saray, Sarita(Spanish) Suri, Tzeitel(Yiddish)


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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Name Days

France: October 4


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Entry updated April 5, 2022