Sabrina: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Sabrina

Sabrina

Pronunciation: sah-BREE-nə (key)

Origin of the name Sabrina:

Of uncertain etymology, Sabrina is believed to be of Celtic origin, as it is borne in Celtic mythology by an illegitimate daughter of the Welsh king Locrine. The child was ordered drowned by the king's wife, Gwendolen, thus giving her name to the river in which the foul deed took place. Latin writings of the 1st century list the river's name as Sabrina, but it is now known as the Severn.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Bree, Brina, Severn

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Comments and insights on the name Sabrina: | Edit

People commenting on "Sabrina the teenage witch" can be very annoying, but i have been teased and been called "Sabrina the teenage bitch".

when I first had my daughter, while I was pregnant I looked up Sabrina, and the name meant light and bright eyed....There was no celtic reference.....And my daughter has very pretty eyes and she lights up everyone she knows with her laughter and playfulness....

I absolutely hated my name all throughout my child hood and thought it ugly... Now I like that it is not a extremely common name and now find it beautiful...

I have always loved my name, it is uncommon, and very pretty. I really like it when people make jokes about Sabrina the Teenage Witch/Bitch, but that's because I take great pride in being a bitch, (I'm a good bitch, not a bad bitch.) And I just happened to be a witch, so I haven't a problem with it. Also, I have Irish and English heritage, I was very happy to learn that it was a Celtic name. I find that the name is very strong, and suits me very well.

Personal experiences with the name Sabrina: | Edit

Every time I tell someone my name they bring up Sabrina The Teenage Witch.(It can get pretty annoying.)

I agree with the Sabrina The Teenage Witch thing, that got old really quickly. Although I haven't heard it much in the last 5 years, so little girls named Sabrina probably won't have the same problem. My family calls me "Brini" as a nickname.

People always bring up Sabrina the Teenage Witch for me too! It gets super annoying...

I'm so glad we named our daughter Sabrina Brianne. I was actually upset that a cousin had stolen the name Brianna since I had planned on using that name. I was so upset that I had given up on names. I had given up to the point that my husband grabbed the name book we bought and found the name Sabrina. I went along with it saying, "I didn't care..." Now I love, love, love that name! I think Sabrina is a beautiful name!!! My daughter loves her name too and she's 14 now.

My mom was really upset with my aunt, her sister, because mom always wanted a little girl named Sabrina, and my aunt named her daughter, who is eleven months older than me, Katrina. But, thankfully, I was still named Sabrina. As I mentioned before, I love the Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and I think it's very funny because on the show she had an 'evil twin' named Katrina. *Evil grin* so mom got her pay back a little bit.

Nicknames for Sabrina: | Edit

Bree, Brina, Rina, Sabs, Sab, Sabby, Sabster, Breenie, Bean, Bina, B, Beanie

My husband nicknamed our daughter "Sabie Babie". (pronounced "Saybee Baby")

Brie, Sabrie(or Sabree), Sabe (Pronounced Sa-B)

Sabby Poo

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Meanings and history of the name Sabrina: | Edit

Origin: Italian
Meaning: From the border.

Origin: Gaelic
Meaning: A Welsh river name

Mythology: the name of a Celtic maiden in a Welsh tale. In Celtic legend, Sabrina was the character who gave her name to the river Severn (in England).

My middle name is Sabrina (but it's spelled Sabrena by my mother, and Sebrina by my father, long story), and I looked up the meaning of the name several years ago, and it meant "Seenymphe". I like that meaning way more than what I'm finding it means now. Someone should change it back!!

Famous real-life people named Sabrina: | Edit

Sabrina Bryan, American singer, member of pop group The Cheetah Girls.
Sabrina Lebeauf, American actress

Sabrina in song, story & screen: | Edit

Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, 1954 film starring Audrey Hepburn; also a 1995 remake starring Julia Ormond.
Sabrina is the water-nymph which rescues the children from danger in John Milton's "Masque at Ludlow Castle (Comus)." A section of the poem is quoted in the play "Sabrina Fair" on which the two films are based.
Sabrina is the name of the snow princess in Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess.

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