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Gender: Female Meaning of Sojourner: "to stay a while" Origin of Sojourner: French word name

The name Sojourner is a girl's name of French, American origin meaning "to stay a while". Sojourner and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

African-American and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth was born as Isabelle into slavery. She adopted her new name when she began traveling and preaching abolition in 1843. Sojourner is a heroine name that may, with the rise of spiritual word names such as Journey and Genesis, finally be ready for prime time.

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Famous People Named Sojourner

Sojourner Truth (born Isabella Baumfree), American abolitionist
Sojourner Morrell, American model

Pop Culture References for the name Sojourner

Sojourner aka Henrietta Sojourner Jessup, character in DC's Hellenders comics


McCharlie Says:


It's "séjourner" not Sojourner. That's not a french word, or maybe a misspelled french word.

Sojourner MrsTeflon Johnson Says:


Love my name even though some can't pronounce it and so im use to journey and now hearing kids with journi or jounrnee or journei etc just alot to live up to. So far so good

kpearl8 Says:


Super cool, really liked it ever since I heard it in history classes.