Sarah Name Meaning

A Biblical name and beacon of popularity, parents have been loving Sarah for generations. A Hebrew name meaning “princess”, it’s no surprise that parents bestow it upon their little princesses left and right.

Sarah’s long standing popularity shouldn’t be off-putting, as she’s gained the invaluable girl-next-door status. She’s a sweet and familiar face in the name pool, continuing to wow parents with her simple beauty. She doesn’t need extra syllables or va-va-voom to warm hearts. She has every bit of elegance needed in her five letters.

Religious folks love her Biblical ties, as Sarah was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac in the holy book. As the mother of nations and a devout believer after bearing a son, Sarah is a great association for many.

Sarah is a name that stands the test of time, every bit as much of a classic as Katherine and Elizabeth. She’s just as delightful on a child as an adult, a name that can grow with your little one as she blossoms into a woman.

For those looking for an updated version of the name, check out her diminutive of Sadie. Also meaning “princess”, Sadie is a Sarah spinoff that’s picking up steam. There is also Sarai, a variant of the name featured in the Bible as well.

Infographic of Sarah name meaning, which is Sarah means princess and appears as the Biblical wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac.
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Sarah Name Popularity

How popular is the name Sarah? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Sarah was the 67th most popular girls name, representing 0.2709% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Sarah has been the 11th most popular girls name, representing 0.6876% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 40 2,150 0.6106%
1911 42 2,185 0.5868%
1912 41 2,899 0.5749%
1913 43 3,161 0.5575%
1914 47 3,673 0.527%
1915 51 4,409 0.4853%
1916 51 4,797 0.4966%
1917 52 4,759 0.4757%
1918 52 4,963 0.4624%
1919 46 5,013 0.4787%
1920 50 5,025 0.4519%
1921 54 5,015 0.438%
1922 51 4,972 0.4463%
1923 54 4,957 0.4426%
1924 54 5,039 0.4339%
1925 58 4,676 0.4137%
1926 63 4,409 0.4009%
1927 61 4,540 0.4101%
1928 64 4,225 0.3949%
1929 68 3,809 0.3677%
1930 70 3,907 0.374%
1931 71 3,625 0.3673%
1932 67 3,576 0.362%
1933 59 3,603 0.3867%
1934 67 3,582 0.3705%
1935 61 3,597 0.3701%
1936 63 3,491 0.3624%
1937 65 3,571 0.3624%
1938 67 3,742 0.3655%
1939 68 3,651 0.3589%
1940 60 3,852 0.3624%
1941 60 3,965 0.3523%
1942 67 4,093 0.3241%
1943 71 3,972 0.3043%
1944 67 3,853 0.3109%
1945 77 3,566 0.2924%
1946 92 3,893 0.2638%
1947 93 4,209 0.2521%
1948 85 4,147 0.2598%
1949 84 4,290 0.2667%
1950 88 4,138 0.257%
1951 91 4,021 0.2372%
1952 93 4,039 0.2314%
1953 93 4,076 0.2303%
1954 103 4,034 0.2207%
1955 108 3,978 0.2163%
1956 116 3,862 0.2045%
1957 116 3,985 0.2071%
1958 117 3,906 0.2067%
1959 119 3,874 0.2039%
1960 116 4,200 0.2217%
1961 113 4,199 0.2224%
1962 98 4,542 0.2474%
1963 94 4,574 0.2548%
1964 92 4,579 0.2601%
1965 92 4,050 0.2477%
1966 85 4,035 0.2584%
1967 83 4,137 0.2726%
1968 78 4,484 0.2986%
1969 72 5,078 0.3296%
1970 65 5,617 0.353%
1971 58 5,849 0.3892%
1972 49 6,113 0.4488%
1973 35 7,216 0.5566%
1974 20 9,785 0.7528%
1975 17 11,171 0.8693%
1976 15 13,993 1.0857%
1977 11 18,094 1.3423%
1978 8 19,976 1.4858%
1979 6 21,018 1.4906%
1980 5 25,755 1.7615%
1981 4 28,173 1.9166%
1982 4 28,484 1.9061%
1983 5 27,231 1.8453%
1984 5 25,882 1.7399%
1985 5 24,880 1.6392%
1986 5 28,154 1.8652%
1987 5 27,890 1.8276%
1988 4 28,366 1.8202%
1989 5 27,792 1.7223%
1990 6 25,816 1.5576%
1991 6 25,223 1.5475%
1992 5 24,635 1.5434%
1993 3 24,251 1.5555%
1994 5 22,290 1.4524%
1995 5 21,376 1.4183%
1996 4 21,036 1.4049%
1997 4 20,702 1.3997%
1998 4 19,879 1.3282%
1999 4 19,102 1.2756%
2000 5 17,697 1.1585%
2001 6 15,896 1.055%
2002 8 14,758 0.9848%
2003 12 13,760 0.9045%
2004 12 12,735 0.8356%
2005 15 11,532 0.7542%
2006 15 11,148 0.712%
2007 18 9,989 0.6331%
2008 20 9,042 0.585%
2009 21 7,776 0.5203%
2010 27 6,318 0.4384%
2011 39 5,555 0.3899%
2012 43 5,183 0.3637%
2013 48 4,694 0.3297%
2014 50 4,696 0.3223%
2015 58 4,509 0.3099%
2016 57 4,396 0.3049%
2017 62 3,981 0.2852%
2018 67 3,722 0.2709%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Sarah

If you like Sarah, you’ll love these other names like Sarah.


What names are diminutives of Sarah?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Sarah sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Sarah, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Sadee

Princess

Hebrew

Sadie

Princess

Hebrew

#87 (0.2363%)  
Sadye

Princess

Hebrew

Saidee

Princess

Hebrew

Sal

Princess

Hebrew

Sallee

Princess

Hebrew

Salley

Princess

Hebrew

Sallie

Princess

Hebrew

Sally

“The princess,” a diminutive form of Sarah.

Hebrew

#1,127 (0.0095%)  

What names are variants of Sarah?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Sarah.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Sadella

Princess

Hebrew

Sadelle

Princess

Hebrew

Sadellia

Princess

Hebrew

Saira

Princess

Hebrew

#1,684 (0.0037%)  
Sairah

Princess

Hebrew

Sara

Princess

Hebrew

#170 (0.1213%)  
Sarabeth

Princess

Hebrew

Sarahlee

Princess

Hebrew

Sarahlynn

Princess

Hebrew

Sarai

Princess

Hebrew

#392 (0.052%)  
Saraia

Princess

Hebrew

Sarajane

Princess

Hebrew

Sarajean

Princess

Hebrew

Saralee

Princess

Hebrew

Saralyn

Princess

Hebrew

Saralynn

Princess

Hebrew

Saramae

Princess

Hebrew

Sareen

Princess

Latin

Sarely

Princess

Hebrew

Sarena

Princess

Latin

Sarette

Princess

Hebrew

Sari

Princess

Hebrew

#2,863 (0.0006%)  
Sarika

Princess

Hebrew

Sarina

Serene

Latin

#1,577 (0.0044%)  
Sarine

Princess

Hebrew

Sarita

Princess

Latin

Sarka

Princess

Hebrew

Sarolta

Princess

Hebrew

Sarotta

Princess

Hebrew

Sarotte

Princess

Hebrew

Saroya

Princess

Hebrew

Sarra

Princess

Hebrew

Sarrah

Princess

Hebrew

Sasa

Help, aid

Japanese

Sera

Princess

Hebrew

Serach

Princess

Hebrew

Serah

Princess

Hebrew

#2,498 (0.001%)  
Serita

Princess

Hebrew

Shara

Princess; a fertile plain

Hebrew

Shari

English

Soraya

Princess

Persian

#1,160 (0.0088%)  
Sorcha

Bright, shining

Irish

Sydel

Princess; wide meadow

Hebrew

Sydelle

Princess; wide meadow

Hebrew

Zahra

White; flower

Arabic

#559 (0.0346%)  
Zara

Blooming flower

English

#247 (0.0911%)  
Zarah

Princess; radiance

Hebrew

#1,390 (0.0059%)  
Zaria

Princess; radiance

Slavic

#715 (0.0225%)  
Zarita

Princess

Hebrew


What names sound like Sarah?

If you like how Sarah sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Sarah.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Cyrah

Throne; sun

Persian

Lara

Protection

Latin

#707 (0.0229%)  
Sahra

Desert

Arabic

#3,233 (0.0004%)  
Seara

Bright, famous

Latin

Siara

Black

Irish

#3,498 (0.0004%)  
Tara

Hill; star

Indian (Sanskrit)

#912 (0.0154%)  
Zahrah

White; flower

Arabic

Zariah

Radiance

Arabic

#419 (0.0504%)  
Zorah

Dawn

Slavic


What names are similar to Sarah?

Find a name that’s like Sarah, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Anna

Gracious

Hebrew

#54 (0.301%)  
Bethany

House of figs

Hebrew

#461 (0.0446%)  
Elizabeth

God is my oath

Hebrew

#13 (0.6196%)  
Grace

Gracious one

English

#24 (0.4894%)  
Hannah

Grace

Hebrew

#33 (0.409%)  
Katherine

Pure

Greek

#110 (0.1935%)  
Lucy

Of the light

English

#51 (0.3169%)  
Mary

Of the sea

Latin

#124 (0.1681%)  
Molly

Of the sea

English

#152 (0.1296%)  
Ruth

Friend

Hebrew

#258 (0.0882%)  

Lists With Sarah

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Sarah.


Siblings of Sarah

Mamas with kids named Sarah also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Elyse

God's promise; from the blessed isles; God's promise; God is my oath

Latin

#633 (0.0286%)  
Lauren

Laurel

English

#166 (0.1222%)  
Thomas

Twin

Greek

#49 (0.4934%)  
Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

#48 (0.4934%)  
Emanuel

God is with us

Hebrew

#425 (0.0491%)  

12 Comments

  1. I have three Daughters, first one is 5 years old, second one is 2 years old and third one is 5months old.When I pregnant my third one I don’t know how I’m gonna call her,on my due date I give birth at home,when the ambulance came I go to the hospital the nurse said what’s the baby name I said I don’t know yet,so when I call my husband I said how you gonna call the baby he said I don’t know I asked my first daughter she said ok wait Mom let me think after 5 minutes she said call her Sarah i’m so surprised now that’s her favorite sister.I’m so blessedwith 3 blessings Daughter.

  2. Sarah is not a bad name….I have a friend called Sarah…
    The good side is that she is friendly, kind, sweet, funny, dramatic and also cute….she always makes me laugh coz she always tries fitting in with me n the rest of her friends esp when it comes to dancing??…she also treats me like her daughter yet we are agements? she has a bestie called krystel?that she treats like her own
    Then the bad side of Sarah…
    She has quite a temper. She has a very bad laugh, she argues alot, and she also takes long to forgive?….once u annoy her she can take two weeks to get over it that’s the most annoying thing with her but all in all I give her? when it comes to being friendly….LOL Sarah btw if u have a friend called Sara u better value her coz she is a gift to ue

  3. GOOD name

  4. We chose her name after some prayer and hearing what name the Lord had for her.

  5. Sarah means princess in hebrew her middle name is Eliana which means my God has spoken because she brought confirmation from God to our lives.

  6. I have always loved this name so once I found out I was having a little girl I knew right away her name would be Sarah and I added the h to it to give it a little bit of a twist

    • It’s also in the Bible

  7. I pick out her name sarah ellen may bc sarah is my great grandmas name and its also my middle name so its been passed down the line plus ive always loved the name sarah and ellen was my grandma s middle name and my moms middle name too so and may is her dads moms middle name and i liked it and it goes so good together and i think its a really pretty name

  8. I believe our names affect our personalities. Therefore, I was looking for a name with a positive meaning. Sarah in Arabic means happiness, joy and delight

  9. Well I had a friend in primary school whose name was Sarah and I liked it ever since. I find it very feminine.

  10. Sarah is my grandmothers name which is why we ultimately chose this name. We also loved that it was a classic name and easy to understand/spell.

  11. Classic name that is not on popular list


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