Gender: Female Meaning of Sara: "princess" Origin of Sara: Variation of Sarah Sara's Popularity in 2019: #163

Sara Origin and Meaning

The name Sara is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "princess".

Sara, the streamlined form of Sarah, makes this ancient name feel more modern, but perhaps a bit lighter weight. Some Old Testament sources give Sara as a variation of Sarai, the Biblical personage's original name, and some give it as the authentic form of the new name of Isaac's 90-year-old mother. But most sources authenticate Sarah as the Biblical classic and Sara as the variation.

Nameberry visitors have debated whether Sara is pronounced differently from Sarah. In the US, the answer is, usually not, but in some countries, Sara is sah-rah while Sarah's first syllable rhymes with hair.

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Rank in US: #163

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Tora Says:


Here in New Zealand Sara is pronounced like Sah-ra. Cara, Clara, Tara, Lara etc are all pronounced exactly that same.
I think our accent has a lot to do with it.

Ess Says:


Very popular name in pakistan. Pronouced like Zara but with an S.

fromtheocean12 Says:


Sara is also an Indian name where it's pronounced like SAR-uh, not like SAIR-uh.

marnie r Says:


I love the name Sarah but without the 'h' it looks way too asymmetrical and trendy (if you're pronouncing it that way, that is).

paulapuddephatt Says:


In the UK, it is rare for this to be an alternative spelling of Sarah. I feel that it is becoming unusable now, as its own name. I did go to school with one girl who spelt her name this way but pronounced it as Sarah, but that will probably be the norm here eventually, sadly. I love Sarah, but would like to retain Sara, said the same way as Cara, Lara, Tara, Zara, as a naming option here. I only use Sarah in my fiction now. It is kind of sad, for sure.

meaganegibson Says:


My cousin who is named Sara, doesn't pronounce it anywhere close to Sarah. She pronounces it like "Sada", where there is more of a 'd' sound than an 'r' sound. I believe that her parents roll the 'r' when they say her name and that's why it is pronounced like that, but if you try to pronounce her name like "Sarah", she corrects us and tells us its "Sada".
I believe this is also how the actress Sara Ramirez pronounces her name.

Sarastarnamenerd Says:


I am from Canada and my name is pronounced the same as Sarah. I am 24 and recently a British woman asked me if I went by Sawra or saira and I was totally blown away as I'd never been asked before. the first part of my name rhymes with bear. Weird to think of it pronounced differently.

Bobcat108 Says:


I've never heard Sara & Sarah pronounced differently because of the spelling...either they're both "Saaa-rah" or "Sair-rah," depending on the accent in the geographic area. I use the first pronunciation because of my parents' accents (my mom was VERY particular about how I spoke), but in upstate NY the second pronunciation is what's used because of what's called the Great Northern Vowel Shift (essentially, the name Ann sounds just like the name Ian).

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I will forever associate this with Sara Crewe <3

ThistleThorn Says:


Sara is pronounced like Sawra and Sarah is pronounced like Saira

LowSlash Says:


As a Canadian anglophone I pronounce Sara and Sarah the same, first syllable rhymes with bear. Not once in my 30 years have I been corrected, so I imagine that's the accepted pronunciation here. I know that some accents pronounce the name the other way, but I had no idea that it was spelling dependent. Thanks for the info!

Essa Says:


I'm with you on that one! I get so annoyed when people pronounce this as Sarah and it's not even my name! I love Sara but could never use it because of how much other people annoy me, I know a Sara who goes by Sarah as well and man, the amount her name grinds on me!

Sara Griff Says:


Thank you! My name is Sara and it's definitely not Sarah. I get called Sarah constantly no matter how much I explain it's the same as Zara with an S!

Catastroffy Says:


In my accent the first syllable of this rhymes with "bar", whereas the first syllable of Sarah rhymes with "bear". I think this is much prettier and I dislike it when it is pronounced the same as Sarah.