Gender: Female Meaning of Sabra: "prickly pear" Origin of Sabra: Hebrew

Sabra Origin and Meaning

The name Sabra is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "prickly pear".

Term for a native-born Israeli, first brought to notice in Edna Ferber's 1929 novel Cimarron. Prickly pear has neen interpreted to mean tough on the outside, soft and sweet within.

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Yessica Says:


What you just Sabra?

Hailey Says:


I thought of hummus as soon as I read it. :-)

Tabitha Says:


Does your family heritage happen to be English? Did that side of your family come to this country a really long time ago, like the 1700's?

Sabra Says:


I am the only Sabra I have ever know. I have no Jewish connection either and it is said the same way.

lizway Says:


as much as i adore this name, please keep in mind that it's both the slang term listed in the description and a company that produces stuff like hummus here in america! ive been pronouncing it "sah-bra" in my head, though according to the wikipedia page for the slang term, its pronounced "tzabar"

Tabitha Says:


I named my daughter Sabra. She has a great, great grandmother, a great, great, great, great grandmother, and two other ancestors with the same name. I believe it was most popular in the 1850s-1880s. This is a much older name than people think. That side of our family is of English and Welsh origin with no Jewish connection and always pronounced the name "SAY-bruh".