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Sarah Name Meaning

metronymic from the personal name Sara. In the Bible this is the name of the wife of Abraham. 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’). Muslim: from an Arabic personal name, Sara, of Biblical origin, as in 1 above.

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

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

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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 the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 101 Sarah families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Sarah's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sarah families in 1911.
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 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Sarah. 56% of Sarah men worked as a Farmer.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
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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.

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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 Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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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.

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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.

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