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What does Sahara mean?

Sahara /sa-ha-ra/ as a girls' name is pronounced sah-HAH-rah. It is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Sahara is "desert". Place name: an inhospitable desert in North Africa.

Associated with: arabic


Sahara has 4 variants: Saharah, Saharra, Sahra and Zahara.

Related girl name: Sarah.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Sahaia, Sarhara, ..

(male) Sahasa, Sahava, ..

How popular is Sahara?

Sahara is a rare first name for females but a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#94676 out of 150436, Top 63%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Sahara for girls. Sahara was first listed in 1992 and reached its top rank of #1032 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is presently at #1865. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sahara name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sahara outside U.S.

Prominent varying forms of Sahara (#1865 a year ago) ranked in the Top 2000 are Sarah (#50 a year ago) and Zahara (#1608). Adoption of these relations of Sahara was widespread among parents in the 1980s (median #1335) and has become much lower since (#1174, 81%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sahara, Sarah, Zahara in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sarah outside U.S.

Similar Names

Sahara is alike in pronunciation to Zaheera, Zahira, Zahirah and Zohara. Other recommended names are Bahira, Chara, Damara, Hadara, Ishara, Jahzara, Kaara, Kamara, Kanara, Lacara, Mahala, Makara, Nahara, Nehara, Sabra, Sadira, Safira, Sagara, Sahlma, Sairah, Sakura, Salama, Samala, Samara, Samaria, Samira, Sammara, Saphira, Sara, Sarai, Sarha, Sarhah, Sari, Saria, Sarra, Savana, Searra, Semara, Sh'rae, Shaka, Shamara, Shana, Shara, Sharae, Sharaia, Sharan, Sharay, Sharaya, Sharaye, Sharee, Sharla, Shary, Sheera, Sher, Shera, Sheraa, Sherae, Sherai, Sheray, Sheri, Sheria, Shery, Shirah, Shiri, Shyra, Siara, Siera, Sierra, Soraya, Tamara and Zahra. These names tend to be more commonly used than Sahara.