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Gender: Female Meaning of Sarah: "princess" Origin of Sarah: Hebrew Sarah's Popularity in 2017: #62

The name Sarah is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "princess". Sarah is ranked #62 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "CAF Elimination Style".

From the experts:

Sarah is an Old Testament name—she was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac—that is a timeless classic, as perpetually stylish as it is traditional. Sarah is still widely used, but with such a range of images and variations that any child can make it her own.

According to the Book of Genesis, Sarah was originally called Sarai, but had her name changed by God to the more auspicious Sarah, meaning princess, when she was ninety years old.

Sarah was a Top 10 name from 1978 to 2002, and though it has slipped in popularity, it's still a widely used name. The Sara spelling is another popular option, and diminutives Sadie and Sally are used independently.

A few of her many prominent namesakes are iconic actress Sarah Bernhardt, jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, comedian Sarah Silverman, and actress/fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker.

Find other names based on Sarah using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Sarah

Sarah, Biblical wife of Abraham
Sarah, daughter of Asher, granddaughter of Israel
Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough
Rosine "Sarah" Bernhardt, French actress
Sarah Brightman, English singer-songwriter and actress
Sarah Margaret Ferguson, Duchess of York
Sarah Lee Bolger, Irish actress
Sarah Anne Wayne Callies, American actress
Sarah Louise Christine (Cassandra) Chalke, Canadian actress
Sarah Chen, Taiwanese singer
Sarah Clarke, American actress
Sarah Dessen, American writer
Sarah Michelle Gellar, American actress
Sarah Hadland, British actress
Sarah Nicole Harding, English singer
Sarah Elizabeth Hughes, American figure skater
Sarah Jane Hyland, American actress
Sarah Jones, American actress
Sarah Ann McLachlan, Canadian singer
Sarah Murdoch, Australian model
Sarah Louise Palin, American politician, 9th governor of Alaska
Sarah Jessica Parker, American actress
Sarah Catharine Paulson, American actress
Sarah E. Polley, Canadian actress
Sarah Kate Silverman, American actress and comedian
Sarah Lois Vaughan, American singer
Sarah Fay Wright, American actress
Sarah Jane Millican, English comedian
Sarah Trimmer, English writer
Sarah Fisher, Canadian actress
Sarah Gilman, American actress
Sarah Beeny, British TV presenter
Sarah Fredrika Sjöström, Swedish swimmer
Sarah Goss, New Zealand rugby player
Sarah Andersen, American artist
Sarah Brianna Stanley (b. 2009), daughter American musician Paul Stanley
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, daughter of Mike Huckabee
Sarah Close, English singer-songwriter and YouTube personality
Sarah Lemkus, vegan lifestyle YouTuber from New Zealand
Sarah Morgan, English author
Sarah Lacina, contestant and winner of reality tv series Survivor
Sarah Wayne Callies, American actress
Sarah Kennedy, British radio and television presenter

Pop Culture References for the name Sarah

Sarah Sanderson, character in Disney's "Hocus Pocus."
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall," 2008 film
"Jack and Sarah," 1995 film
Sarah Blake, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Sarah Nelson (born Sarah Salvatore), character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Sarah Connor, character in "The Terminator" series
Sarah O'Brien, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Sarah Sawyer, character on TV's "Sherlock"
Sarah Brown, character in musical "Guys and Dolls"
Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood, character in "The Face on the Milk Carton" by Caroline B. Cooney
Sarah Jane Smith, character on TVs "Doctor Who"
Sarah, character in "Beautiful" by Amy Reed
Sarah, character in film "Children Of The Corn"
Sarah Williams, character on TV's "Veronica Mars"
Sarah, character in "The Last of Us" video game
Sarah Witting, main character in Patricia McLachlan's "Sarah Plain and Tall"
Sarah Fox, main character in film"My Babysitter's a Vampire"
Sarah Manning, main character on TV's "Orphan Black"
Sarah Harding, character in "Jurassic Park" series
Sarah 'Sary' Williamson, character in "A Woman called Fancy" by Frank Yerby
Sarah Williams, character in 1986 film "Labyrinth"
Sarah Jane "Pittypat" Hamilton, character in "Gone with the Wind"
Sarah Essen, character in "Batman" series
Sister Sarah, character in "The Polar Express"
"Sarah," novel by Laura Albert aka JT LeRoy
"Sarah", song by Eskimo Joe
"Sarah Smiles", song by Panic! at the Disco"
"Sarah" Song by Thin Lizzy
Sarah, antagonist in the Line Webtoon, Winter Woods
Sarah, character on Ed, Edd n Eddy
Aunt Sarah Reed, the cruel aunt of Jane Eyre, also a character in Jane Eyre
Sarah Kerrigan, character in the Starcraft series
Sarah Lynn, character in "Bojack Horseman" series

Sarah's International Variations

Saretta, Zarita, Charita, Chara (Spanish) Sassa (Swedish) Saara, Salli (Finnish) Saraqa (Persian) Sarra, Sarka (Russian) Sarette, Zaidee, Sarotte (French) Saraid, Sarai, Sorcha (Irish) Salcia (Polish) Sarika, Sarolta (Hungarian) Sarit, Sarita (Israeli) Sasa, Sari, Zsazsa (Eastern European) Kala (Hawaiian) Sarice (Swiss)


LoveLoop Says:


I really want to use this name but I already know 3 Sarah's and my whole family hates this name.

SarahMarie14 Says:


I never really thought much about my name, but I’ve just gotten so tired of there always being at least 2 Sarah’s in my class all the time. I also hate my last name and I hate the first letter of it as well. It’s also horrible how many times someone has called my name and it was for someone else, then that person looks at you like your mental. It’s not an ugly name, just boring and has no character. I didn’t think there was any way to escape the sarah spectrum but I went looking for nicknames or short forms, and I found the name Sadie as a nickname for Sarah! I love it! Now I have my heart set on going by Sadie when I start university.

I'm a Banana Says:


It's pretty but too common.

Daiseymae Says:


I love this name! It is beautiful and delicate.

Ella Says:


I know like 8 Sarah’s,sooo... I’d avoid this.

slooming Says:


lol ok

paulapuddephatt Says:


I agree about Claire, but I guess we'll have to agree to differ on Sarah. I still like it, but it's just personal taste. It does take away from any name when it's over-used, though.

Tammy Tim-Tam (Timmy Tammy) Says:


Yeah, I agree on you with that, but Claire is actually a beautiful name. Sarah just sounds kind of plain to me, but that is just my opinion.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like Sarah. The only thing I dislike is people insisting that Sara is pronounced Sarah, when it is not, at least not where I come from. Sara rhymes with Cara, Lara, Tara, Zara, etc. I like Sarah though, and Sara too, when pronounced correctly. One of the main characters in my novel is called Sarah, and she's lovely. I must admit, the name has been super popular for a very long time, though - but so have names like Claire and Catherine.

Tammy Tim-Tam (Timmy Tammy) Says:


This is what you name your daughter when you want to be boring and unoriginal. I have met a countless amount of Sarahs over the years and at this point I am just done with the name! I'm sorry, but it's true!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love Sarah, but we all have some really popular names we don't like. It's personal taste.

Piteco Says:


I'm unable to explain why, but I don't like that name. It's such a boring name for me. Sarah is that one Popular name which everybody loves but which I don't like..........

Myanover Says:


Sarah is my cousins name and I love it!$!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful and classic, consistently popular for good reason - love Sally and Sadie, also.

mom Says:


it's my name... in Grade 4, my class read the book "Sarah Plain and Tall". I am 5'10"... so you can imagine that I wasn't a short child either.

Yessica Says:


I hated someone named Sarah so nope nope nope.

LostKid Says:


Not a fan. It seems really generic, and there's three Sarahs on my street, four in my grade, and I've met many more.

eveyalecia Says:


I love Sarah. I know it's common, but it's so pretty. I think of Sarah from A Little Princess (although her name is spelled Sara, I like this spelling better).

SarahBiehl Says:


Growing up I despised my name, but I've grown to love it. It's classic, easy to pronounce and feminine. I consider myself lucky to be a Sarah.

Yessica Says:


Hate it.

Catastroffy Says:


I know four Sarahs and three Saras.

headintheclouds Says:


Sarah's a perfectly nice name, and I know my feelings about it are unfair since I like/love a great many classic names others would deem overused, boring, unimaginative, stale. But that's rather how I feel about Sarah. To me, it's the ultimate name where the parents don't have any ideas, and decide to go with the safest, most unobjectionable name they could find. I don't find Sarah plain at all, just uninspired. Plus I typically don't like the -h ending on girl's names- Hanna>Hannah, Nora> Norah, and I do like Sara better than Sarah, and I find it slightly less meh.

scblovesnames Says:


that's my name. I hate that it's common but in the end it's my name. My last name makes up for the commonality ofor my first.

ThistleThorn Says:


I used to think that was really boring but, it's so pretty. This just looks so much nicer than Sara, too.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Not my favorite name. I like Clara and Zara better. But it is all opinion.

CatherineAnn Says:


Love this name! Beautiful, simple and a nice meaning.

Leah3456 Says:


My favorite girl name! I love the meaning "princess"!

vasilisa Says:


It's my name and I have to agree about the stale and boring part. Dang it, my parents considered Ursula, which would have suited me so much better!

flora_kate Says:


It's a nice name and all, but I've met so many Sarah/Sara's lately that it feels stale and boring to me.

Netta5187 Says:


A bit too overused and plain for my taste.

jasminegarden Says:


when I was little I was convinced I would have a daughter named Sarah :) I would still use it, as a tribute to Sarah Michelle Gellar