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What does Sahara mean?

Sahara \sa-hara, saha-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.


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

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Sarah.


Sahara is a rare first name for females but a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#49647 out of 88799, Top 56%). (2000 U.S. Census)

The only prominent varying form of Sahara (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000 is Sarah (#50 a year ago). Adoption of this girl name was at its highest in 1993 and has become much lower since. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Sahara and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sarah in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Sahara is alike in pronunciation to Zahira and Zohara. Other recommended similar baby names are Nahara, Sagara, Saira, Samara, Sara, Saraia, Sarra, Seara, Shara, Sharae, Sharay, Shari, Shary, Shera, Shira, Shura, Shyra and Siara. These names tend to be more commonly used than Sahara.