History of your Surname
Get access to Sarah family records.Start a free trial

Sarah Family History

Sarah Name Meaning

Americanized form of Italian Sara 1 and Hungarian Sára influenced by the English form of the Biblical personal name Sarah. English (Cornwall and Devon): variant of Sare with final -e spelled -a(h) (see Sara ) a common feature of names in Devon and Cornwall. Spellings of the surname with -ah may have been influenced by the form of the personal name in the King James Bible. Muslim: from a variant of the Arabic personal name Sāra of Biblical origin (see Sara ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Sara, Salah, Farah, Maras, Samad, Taras, Sawa, Mara, Kara, Saran

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Sarah family from?

You can see how Sarah families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sarah family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sarah families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Sarah families living in Kentucky. This was about 29% of all the recorded Sarah's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Sarah families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sarah surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sarah ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sarah. 21% of Sarah men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Sarah women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sarah were New Worker and Saleslady. .

View Census Data for Sarah | Data not to scale

*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

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farm Laborer
    8%
  • New Worker
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Saleslady
    7%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Sarah family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Sarah. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sarah census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Sarah

Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Sarah. 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.

View all Sarah immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Sarah. For the veterans among your Sarah ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Sarah military records

You've only scratched the surface of Sarah family history

Discover More

What is the average Sarah lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Sarah life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Sarah in 1966 was 73, and 67 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sarah

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Sarah family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial