Quick Facts on Sara
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Sara
Sara is a Greek variant of the Hebrew (and more traditional English) spelling of the name Sarah. Sarah originated as a biblical name, borne in the Book of Genesis as Abraham’s wife and Isaac’s mother (the ultimate matriarch of the children of Israel). In Genesis 17:15, God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.” The name “Sarai” possibly comes from the Hebrew word for ‘contentious.’ By changing her name to “Sarah”, God is essentially bestowing blessings upon her as ‘princess.’ In Hebrew, the name Sarah indicates a woman of high rank. The name was taken up by the French in the Middle Ages and by the 17th century, Sarah was one of the most popular names in England. The spelling of Sara (with the dropped “h”) seems to be the preferred spelling in certain European countries (such as Italy, Sweden, Norway and Portugal). In English-speaking countries, Sara is used heavily as well.
Popularity of the Name Sara
While not as popular as Sarah, the spelling Sara is still quite common in the United States. It just comes down to a matter of preference in terms of spelling. The more simple variation Sara (without the “h”) has always maintained a high ranking on the charts in her own right even if Sarah is typically 50-100 positions ahead of her. Sara was a Top 100 name from 1973 up until very recently (2009) when she fell off the list of 100 most common girl’s names. The height of the name’s popularity was during the mid-1970s up through the 1980s, but has never maintained the same level of usage as Sarah. Sara is still a top 50 favorite in New York and New Jersey, likely influenced by the high concentration of Jewish people in those two states (Sarah with an “h” is also ranked extremely high in that area of the country). Sara(h) is a beautiful, Biblical name with a modern, contemporary feel. A true ancient classic. As we said before, it just comes down to preference. Sara is simpler and less ornate than Sarah. Sara is more modern and less ancient than Sarah. But whether you name your baby girl Sarah or Sara, she’s still your little “princess.”
Popularity of the Girl Name Sara
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sara
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sara
Sara We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Sara (see Sarah).
Popular Songs on Sara
Che Sara - a song by Patrizio Buanne
Little Sara/Jessie's Jig - a song by Rawlins Cross
Predictably Sulking Sara - a song by Of Montreal
Sara - a song by Bob Dylan
Sara - a song by Fleetwood Mac
Sara - a song by Starship
Sara - a song by John Anderson
Sara Doesn't Like Me - a song by the Nobodys
Sara Smile - a song by Boyz II Men
Sara Smile - a song by Daryl Hall & John Oates
Sara Smile - a song by Joan Osborne
Sara's Song - a song by G. Love & Special Sauce
Sara's Song - a song by Ludo
Sara, Poor Sara - a song by This Day and Age
Children's Books on the Baby Name Sara
A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) - A Little Princess tells the story of young Sara Crewe, privileged daughter of a wealthy diamond merchant. All the other girls at Miss Minchin's school treat Sara as if she truly were a princess. But when Captain Crewe's fortune is sadly lost, Sara's luck changes. Suddenly, she is treated no better than a scullery maid. Her own fierce determination to maintain her dignity and remain a princess inside has intrigued and delighted readers for more than a hundred years, even inspiring a sequel, Wishing for Tomorrow. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Silly Sara: A Phonics Reader (Anna Jane Hays) - Silly Sara spills and slips and trips! Sara is sick of being silly, so she decides to become Super Sara in this beginning phonics reader that promotes word recognition through rhyme. Recommended for ages 4-8.
The Summer of the Swans (Betsy Byars) - Sara learns a lot about herself and her family when her younger mentally challenged brother Charlie becomes lost one summer day. She searches desperately for him and when the day is over and he is safe she realizes that things will never be quite the same again. Recommended for ages 7-10.
When Catherine the Great and I were Eight (Cari Best) - Sara’s Russian grandma, Catherine the Great, has promised to teach Sara how to float in the sea like a flower. So, on a sizzling summer day, they pile into Mr. Minsky’s old car with Mama and their neighbors and set out for the beach. At first things are fine. But then they’re not: there’s a forgotten bathing suit, car trouble, and so many delays that everyone wonders if they’ll ever get there. Everyone except Catherine the Great. With an enthusiastic “Da!” (Yes!), Sara’s grandma keeps Mr. Minsky’s car chugging down the road, until finally they arrive – just in time for Sara to learn one more lesson from her beloved grandma. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Famous People Named Sara
Famous People Named Sara - Sara Gilbert (actress); Sara Teasdale (poet); Sara Baker (writer); Sara Evans (musician); Sara Foster (model/actress); Sara Leib (jazz artist); Sara Mathew (businesswoman); Sara Bareilles (musician); Sara Underwood (model)
Children of Famous People Named Sara
Famous People who Named their Daughter Sara - Amy Heckerling (director); David Foster (music producer); Harry Connick Jr. (singer); Jill Goodacre (model); Marlee Matlin (actress)
Sara - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Sara - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Sara (see Sarah).
Personality of the Girl Name Sara
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Sara