Sarah Family History

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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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Sarah Family Origin

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Sarah Family Occupations

What did your Sarah ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Dairy Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Sarah. 4% of Sarah men worked as a Dairy Farmer and 40% of Sarah women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sarah were Air Pilot and Domestic Duties

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Dairy Farmer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Account Clerk
  • Air Pilot

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Incapacitated
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Duties

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

Sarah Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Sarah Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sarah ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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