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Sara Name Meaning

Italian and Jewish; Hungarian (Sára): from the female personal name Sara borne in the Bible by the wife of Abraham mother of Isaac. According to the Book of Genesis she was originally called Sarai (said to mean ‘contentious’ in Hebrew) but had her name changed by God to the more auspicious Sarah ‘princess’ in token of a greater blessing (Genesis 17:15 ‘And God said unto Abraham As for Sarai thy wife thou shalt not call her name Sarai but Sarah shall her name be’). Compare Sarah English (Cornwall): from the Middle English and Old French female personal name Sare Sarre (modern English Sarah ) Latinized as Sarra and borrowed from Greek Sarra a Hellenized form of Hebrew Sarai (see 1 above). The personal name was widely used in medieval England especially in the southern and eastern counties. Compare Sarratt and Sarson . Spanish; unexplained. It is found in Navarre and Extremadura.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Sarah, Sari, Bara, Zara, Saba, Sark, Sera, Sava, Fara, Kara

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You can see how Sara families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sara family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sara families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Sara family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Sara's in USA. New York had the highest population of Sara families in 1840.
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What did your Sara ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sara. 34% of Sara men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Sara women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sara were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Operator
  • Maid
  • Nurse
  • Laborer
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Sara. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Sara. For the veterans among your Sara ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sara lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sara life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Sara in 1940 was 54, and 85 in 2004.

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