Girl Baby Name

Sabina

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Quick Facts on Sabina

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian, Slavic, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
sah-BEE-nah
Simple meaning:
Sabine woman

Characteristics of Sabina

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sabina

Sabina is a female name from an Old Roman family name (Sabinus) derived from the Latin word meaning “Sabines”. The Sabines were an ancient Italic tribe inhabiting the Apennine Mountain region of central Italy and parts of Latium. After the founding of Rome, much of the Sabine population gravitated to the new city and co-existed with the Latins. In the 8th century B.C. Rome was co-ruled by its legendary founder Romulus and Titus Tatius, King of the Sabines. One legend claims that the Latins abducted the Sabine women to populate their new city, but the Sabine men raised an army to thwart the kidnapping. In order to stop the imminent war, the Sabine women courageously threw themselves and their children between the two adversaries, thus preventing bloodshed and uniting the two tribes. The legacy of Rome can be traced to these two groups: the Latins and the Sabines. Unlike Latin, the Sabine language did not survive, and only scant traces are left. As the Roman Republic established their centralized government, and expanded its highly organized military power, the other ancient Italian tribes were no match. The remaining Sabines in central Italy as well as the Etruscans, Umbrians and Veneti, were eventually gobbled up by the Republic and assimilated into Latin society. Two notable women from antiguity bore the name Sabina: Poppaea Sabina, the wife of Emperor Nero who lived in the 1st century A.D.; and Vibia Sabina, the strong willed and independent-minded wife of Emperor Hadrian. In terms of Christian significance, Saint Sabina was martyred in Rome in the 2nd century (her feast day is August 29). Sabina was converted to Christianity by one of her female slaves. The slave girl was accused of witchery and beheaded. Sabina’s crime was to give her former slave a proper burial, a crime punishable by death at the time. Mostly thanks to the legends and cults which grew around early saints, Sabina’s name endured into medieval times up through the modern era. Sabina has mainly been used by the Italians, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as Russians, Poles and most other Slavic nations. A very multi-national name with international appeal!

Popularity of the Name Sabina

The usage of Sabina in America does date back to the 19th century, but it was never a very popular choice. In fact, Sabina fell off the U.S. female naming charts in 1926. She has yet to reappear on the charts, so we wonder if her long hiatus is permanent. Sabina sounds very similar to another name, Sabrina, which has managed to retain more usage in America; although the two names have completely different etymological roots (Sabrina comes from Welsh mythology). Sabina is stronger and less-flowery in our opinion. More confident and less girly-girl. It’s a shame that Sabina is largely ignored by American parents today. The name has an understated beauty and ancient appeal. A true original.
Popularity of the Girl Name Sabina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sabina

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Sabina

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sabina

    Sabina (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) Sabina is a central character in the 1984 philosophical novel “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” written by Milan Kundera. In the novel, Sabina is free-spirited artist who is representative of the extreme example of “lightness” by declaring herself the enemy of “kitsch”. Kitsch is an important concept in the novel, derived from a German word meaning overly sentimental, tasteless and ostentatious in style (which is thematically assigned to the politics of Communism in general). In order to maintain her sense of beauty and individualism, Sabina engages in some very bad behavior (although no one can accuse her of not being an original in Communist Czechoslovakia). As Sabina thinks to herself: “"Beauty is a world betrayed. The only way we can encounter it is if its persecutors have overlooked it somewhere. Beauty hides behind the scenes of the May Day parade. If we want to find it, we must demolish the scenery." So she courageously seeks truthful beauty in her art. Sabina also pursues “lightness” by engaging in non-committal, often adulterous affairs, thumbing her nose at the constraints of convention. As the novel says: “Sabina knew of nothing more magnificent than going off into the unknown. She embraces the lightness.” Unbearable or not.

  • Popular Songs on Sabina

    Popular Songs on Sabina

    Sabina - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Sabina.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Sabina

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Sabina

    Las Esencias de Sabina (Mariana Osorio) - Olores y aromas; vidrios extranos y raros artefactos; la eterna pugna entre perros y gatos; una abuela extradivarius o era extragadante?; espejos en los que cabe todo un laboratorio completo; galletas con leche de ballena; un perfumero que ha perdido el olfato. Y Sabina, una nina especial que emprende la busqueda, junto con Eleon, de un perfume esencial. Recommended for ages unknown.

    Sabina the Beach Fly (Yolanda Cullagh) - Sabina is a very curious dragonfly with lots of questions. She wants to find a friend who is as eager to explore the world as she is! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sabina: A Story of the Amish (Helen Reimensnyder Martin) - Kindle edition. From the book's Preface: “The psychic phenomenon described in this story is not fictitious ; the writer can vouch for the truth of it.” The author incorporates into this romance story, many of the Amish customs....their marriages, funerals, prayer meetings, family customs and, of course, the queer jargon they speak and refer to as English. First published in 1905. Recommended for ages young adult.

  • Famous People Named Sabina

    Famous People Named Sabina

    Famous People Named Sabina - Sabina (Bavarian princess, wife of William IV of Bavaria); Sabina Citron (Holocaust survivor, activist, and author); Sabina Wojtala (Polish figure skater); Sabina Spielrein (Russian psychoanalyst and contemporary of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud)

  • Children of Famous People Named Sabina

    Children of Famous People Named Sabina

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Sabina - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Sabina.

  • Historic Figures

    Sabina - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Sabina - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Sabina.

Personality of the Girl Name Sabina

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Sabina

  • No Variations Found.
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