Meaning and Name Origin
Sarah \s(a)-rah\ as a girls' name is pronounced SARE-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Sarah is "princess". Biblical: originally called Sarai, Sarah was the wife of Abraham. She is described as being exceptionally beautiful even into her older years. The name became popular in the 16th century. Both Sara (popular in Germany) and Sarah are used in blended and compound names. See also Sahara. Actresses Sarah Bernhardt, Sarah Siddons, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Michelle Gellar; singer Sarah Vaughn; poet Sara Teasdale; Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York; figure skater Sarah Hughes.
Sarah has 66 variants: Sadee, Sadella, Sadelle, Sadellia, Sadie▲, Sadye▼, Saidee, Saira, Sairah, Sal, Sallee, Salley, Salli, Sallie▼, Sally▼, Sara, Sarabeth, Sarahann, Sarahity, Sarahlee, Sarahlynn, Sarai▲, Saraia, Sarajane, Sarajean, Saralee, Saralyn, Saralynn, Saramae, Saran, Sareen, Sarely, Sarena, Sarette, Sarha, Sarhah, Sari, Saria, Sarie, Sarika, Sarina▼, Sarine, Sarissa, Sarita, Sarka, Sarolta, Sarotta, Sarotte, Sarra, Sarrah, Sarrey, Sasa, Sera, Serach, Serah, Serita, Shara, Shari▼, Sorcha, Sydel, Sydelle, Zahra, Zara▲, Zarah, Zaria▼ and Zarita.
Sarah is a very popular first name for females (#23 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#28382 out of 88799, Top 32%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Sarah for girls. Sarah reached its apex position of #3 in the U.S. in 1993, and is at #50 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Sarah and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Sarah (#50 a year ago) are Sadie (#46 a year ago), Sara (#167), Zara (#422), Sarai (#447), Sariah (#769), Zaria (#860), Zahra (#916), Sorcha, Sadye, Shari, Shara, Sallie, Dara, Sarina, Sarrah and Sally. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 and are almost as popular today, but with versions like Zaria, Shari, Sarina, Sally and Sadye falling out of style. Zara (#422), Sadie (#46) and Sarai (#447) are three of the more fashionable baby names in this list, with Sadie going through a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Sarah is alike in pronunciation to Cyrah, Seara, Siara, Zahrah, Zariah▲ and Zorah. Other suggested similar baby names are Barah, Carah, Darah, Farah, Karah, Marah, Sabah, Sabrah, Sadah, Sharae, Sharay, Sherah, Shirah and Tarah. These names tend to be less commonly used than Sarah.