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Quick Facts on Sarah

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 48
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Sarah

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sarah

Did you know that Sarah is one of the oldest names in existence? Hard to believe; she has such a modern sensibility. In fact, as far as the Western World is concerned, Sarah is the 8th oldest name in the history of womankind. Eve (life, breath) is the first (Gen. 4:1). Adah (adornment) and Zillah (shade) are named next as the wives of Lamech, a descendent of Cain (Gen 4:19). Sarai (contentious) is the fourth woman named in the Bible as Abram’s wife (before their names were changed by the Lord to Sarah and Abraham, respectively). In the same breath (Gen. 11:29) we are also given the name of Abram’s sister-in-law, Nahor’s wife, Milcah (queen) and the name of their daughter Iscah (to behold). Hagar (flight), Sarai’s handmaid, is named next in Gen. 16:1. Then we finally get to the name Sarah (princess) in Genesis 17:15 when God changes Sarai’s name to Sarah. The name change is significant in that it underscores Yahweh’s covenant with Abraham and his descendants through Sarah (essentially blessing her as a princess – a woman of high rank). The Lord also finally gives the barren Sarah a son, Isaac (from whom the covenant continues). So you can understand what a matriarchal figure Sarah is in the Bible. Although she’s 8th in order of appearance, she’s second only to Eve in importance. Sarah has always been a name of choice among Jewish people, but the French adopted it in the Middle Ages. After the Protestant Reformation (c. 17th century), Sarah became one of the most common names in England - the Puritans especially saw Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah as shining examples of the virtuous wife. Still a Western princess today, Sarah ranks high on the baby name lists of many nations: Austria, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, the United States, Scotland and Norway. She’s a Top 100 favorite in England and also does remarkably well in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Popularity of the Name Sarah

The endurance of the name Sarah on the U.S. popularity charts is impressive. There are few names that have held this level of popularity for so long (Elizabeth being another example). The name enjoyed single-digit popularity in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s; more recently Sarah averages as Top 40 choice. As a name in usage since America was still only a group of colonies, its popularity has never waned. Sarah is a tried-and-true female name choice that feels neither trendy nor old-fashioned. Adding to its popularity is the fact that Sarah is essentially nickname-proof. The pet form of Sadie has recently gained prominence as an independently given name in her own right.
Popularity of the Girl Name Sarah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sarah

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Sarah

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sarah

    Sarah We were unable to locate any significant literary characters with the first name Sarah.

  • Popular Songs on Sarah

    Popular Songs on Sarah

    Me and Sarah Jane - a song by Genesis

    Sara Lee - a song by Foghat

    Sarah - a song by Prince

    Sarah - a song by Thin Lizzy

    Sarah - a song by America

    Sarah in the Summer - a song by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Sarah Maria - a song by James Taylor

    Sarah Yellin' - a song by 3 Doors Down

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Sarah

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Sarah

    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.

    All-of-a-Kind Family (Sydney Taylor) - All-of-a-Kind Family (Sydney Taylor) - A heart-warming series of stories about Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie, five Jewish girls who live with their parents on the upper east side in New York City at the turn of the century. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Aunt Flossie's Hats (Elizabeth Howard) - Every Sunday afternoon Sarah and Susan go to visit their Great Great Aunt Flossie and spend a joyful afternoon. They play with her hats and listen to her stories about them and the memories that they recall to her. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Bear That Heard Crying (Natalie Kinsey-Warnock) - A fictionalized retelling of the true story of three-year-old Sarah Whitcher, who, in 1783, became lost in the woods of New Hampshire and was protected by a bear until her rescue four days later. Recommended for ages 4-9.

    Bumpy Little Pumpkin (Margery Cuyler) - All summer, Little Nell has tended the garden with BIG Mama, BIG Sarah, and BIG Lizzie, and finally the pumpkins are ready for Halloween. Her sisters choose smooth, round pumpkins to carve, but Little Nell likes a bumpy little one best. Sarah and Lizzie jeer, "It's bumpy and little and ugly!" But Little Nell perseveres. With help from her animal friends, she scoops and carves it into a wonderful jack-o'-lantern! This sweet tale shows that jack-o'-lanterns, like people, come in all shapes and sizes, and that BIG ideas and a BIG heart resound in even the smallest of us. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Family Farm (Thomas Locker) - Beautifully warm full-color paintings highlight a tale about Mike and Sarah, who try to help their family farm survive some lean times by raising pumpkins and flowers, but still they need more money. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mitten Tree (Candace Christiansen) - Old Sarah knits mittens for all the children waiting for the school bus and hangs them on the blue spruce tree at the bus stop. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    More Perfect than the Moon (Patricia MacLachlan) - Eight-year-old Cassie Witting is upset when she finds out that her mother, Sarah, is expecting a baby, but writing in the journal that belonged to her brother Caleb helps her sort out her feelings and understand that Sarah will always love her. Recommended for ages 8-10.

    Sarah So Small (Tanguy Greban) - Sarah is shrinking smaller by the day! After accidentally swallowing a witch's prize pearl, she is now no larger than a mouse. On the plus side, she is able to talk to animals, several of which have befriended the tiny child. Out of fear that she will soon disappear completely, Sarah, along with her animal friends, set out to right matters with the witch. It is a daring journey and only the beginning of the adventures for this charming and very little girl. This book is already a best-seller in France, Germany and Belgium. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Shoeshine Girl (Clyde Robert Bulla) - The last thing Sarah Ida wants to do is spend the summer with her Aunt Claudia. But when her parents send her away because of problems at home, that is exactly what she has to do! With no allowance and no fun to be had, Sarah Ida decides to look for a job. The only person who will hire her is Al, the man who runs the shoeshine stand, and soon she is knee-deep in shoe polish. Then something happens and it looks like the shoeshine stand will have to close forever. If Sarah Ida wants to keep it open, she'll have to learn a few lessons about growing up along the way. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Waltz Of The Scarecrows (Constance McGeorge) - While visiting her grandparents' farm one summer, Sarah helps her grandma and grandpa make scarecrows. Together they stuff old clothes with straw and sew button eyes onto pillow faces. But these are no ordinary scarecrows. Dressed in top hats and tails, ball gowns and gloves, these scarecrows look as if they are ready for a night on the town. And, indeed, they are! Coupled with sweeping watercolor illustrations that almost glow with moonlight, this magical tale will set readers' imaginations dancing. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    With Love from Grandma (Harriet Ziefert) - Sarah's grandmother loves to knit, and from her needles emerge hats and gloves, mittens and socks, sweaters and scarves, all to keep her children and grandchildren warm. Now it's Sarah's turn to get something extra-special: a big, beautiful afghan, made from wool Sarah has chosen herself. Something that large takes time, however. Summer turns to fall, school begins, and Halloween comes, then Thanksgiving. Finally, Grandma announces she's coming to visit--with the afghan. Sarah's wait is almost over. But there's still one thing left to do. Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Sarah

    Famous People Named Sarah

    Famous People Named Sarah - Sarah Michelle Gellar (actress); Sarah McLachlan (musician); Sarah Jessica Parker (actress); Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York); Sarah Palin (politician); Sarah Polk (U.S. First Lady); Sarah Silverman (comedian); Sarah Bernhardt (writer); Sarah Bernhardt (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Sarah

    Children of Famous People Named Sarah

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Sarah - Al Gore (politician/environmentalist); Amy Grant (musician); Andie Macdowell (actress); Brian Dennehy (actor); Jason Robards (actor); Jimmy Buffett (musician); Joan Lunden (TV personality); Katey Sagal (actress); Keifer Sutherland (actor); Marlee Matlin (actress); Princess Margaret (Princess of England); Ted Turner (tycoon); Tom Brokaw (news anchor); Winston Churchill (English Prime Minister); Zachary Taylor (U.S. President)

  • Historic Figures

    Sarah - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Sarah from the Bible - A woman of striking beauty, Sarah (originally “Sarai”) was the wife of Abraham. Unable to conceive a child, and wanting to uphold the covenant of God that Abraham would be the “father of a great nation” she gave her husband over to her servant, Hagar, in order that she bear him a child. Hagar conceived and bore Ishmael, but then began to look upon her mistress, Sarah, with contempt. So God promises Sarah a son, too. This caused great laughter as Sarah was over 70 (not quite the child-bearing age). Sure enough, Sarah conceived and bore Isaac. They named him Isaac (Yitzac in Hebrew) which, fittingly, means ‘laughter.’

    Sarah Palin (11 Feb 1964 – Current) - Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin has entered the American history books. In 2006, Palin became the first woman (and youngest person) to serve as Governor of Alaska (resigning her post in 2009). She rose to prominence (infamy or popularity – you conclude) during the Presidential elections of 2008 as running mate to Republican candidate McCain (also the first female vice-presidential candidate ever for the Republican Party). Today she is a political pundit and a bestselling author.

    Sarah Winchester (1839-1922) - Sarah Winchester was truly an eccentric woman. In 1881, she inherited her husband’s vast estate in part from his firearms company, making her a very wealthy woman. Convinced by a psychic that her family was cursed by all the people killed with Winchester firearms, she moved out west from Connecticut and used her fortune building the Winchester House (in San Jose, California). Sarah held the belief that if she kept building (and building…and building) she would keep the bad spirits at bay. Construction never stopped on the Winchester House. It’s a famous attraction today – a huge home with hallways and staircases leading nowhere. Old Sarah lived to be 83, so maybe she was onto something!

Personality of the Girl Name Sarah

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Sarah

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