Sarabeth

In a another thread of mine someone suggested Sarabeth. I really like this name. I just would like to know a bit more about the name, like it's meaning and how much usage it has had. Thanks for any input.

Replies

2
January 15, 2016 1:55 PM

I live in England so that wouldn't matter. Thanks anyway.

3
January 15, 2016 2:57 PM

(A distinction to clarify thought: names have origins and associations, not meanings.)

Sarabeth is a mash-up of Sara(h) and Beth. Sarah is from a Hebrew word meaning 'lady, princess', and Beth is a diminutive of Elizabeth, another Hebrew-derived name, although the definitions of the originating phrase vary ("My God is abundance / an oath / satisfaction").

In terms of usage, Elizabeth and its many nicknames have been in use in English since the later Middle Ages (earlier, it was more often found in its French form, Isabel). Sarah didn't get popular in English until the Reformation, but has been in steady use ever since.

Combination or mash-up names like Mary Anne, Anna Maria, Sarah Jane, and Mary Jane were in vogue in England starting in the late 1600s and lasting well into the 1800s. In particular, the mashup Saranna was fashionable in the 18th and 19th centuries. Such combinations were treated as single names, despite (sometimes) being written as two words.

In the U.S., Sarabeth has never made the top 1000, but I'm not sure what the Social Security Administration does with names written as two words (like Sara Beth), and in any case, the data wouldn't reflect any usage of the mashup based on a first and middle name.

I think Sarabeth is a perfect blend of "known" and "rare": the parts are very familiar, the combination is pleasant, and yet nobody has this name.

4
January 15, 2016 4:04 PM

I went to college with a Sara Beth (who always went by both names). It might have a completely different "feel" in the UK, but growing up in the Southern US, the -beth mashups have a very rural/country association for me. All of the girls I've know with those names have fit that description. It's not a negative thing, just something I've noticed.

5
January 15, 2016 6:30 PM

I think it's a lovely name and actually looks appealing as one word (which I often don't think of mash-up names).

If you don't know a lot about mid-2000s cheesy American pop country (and, really, who does?), you might want to listen to this Rascal Flatts song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLsk4ELFJbE

It's not a bad association, I just heard the lyric "Sara Beth/ is scared to death" in my head when I read the name.

6
January 15, 2016 7:13 PM

It looks like U.S. usage over the past 5 years has been 18-30 girls/year being given the name Sarabeth.

I think in the past, the "double name" would give more of a Southern vibe in the U.S., but I'm noticing a trend toward this "-beth" type of name right now (and I don't live in the South).  I have heard of a few Annabeth's, so while Sarabeth is unusual, it would still sound current.  I think it follows the popularity of Isabelle or Annabelle, with the "-beth" ending sounding a little more old-fashioned and stately than a "-belle" ending.

7
January 16, 2016 5:15 PM

Beth means "house" in Hebrew. 

8
January 16, 2016 7:14 PM

Yes. beth means house in Hebrew, but Beth as a name is a short form of Elizabeth.  The Hebrew original of ELizabeth is Elisheva, which has nothing to do with beth/house.  OTOH the Beth- of Bethany does come from the Hebrew word for house.  Bethel and Bethesda are other (place) names derived from beth/house.

9
January 16, 2016 8:31 PM

For me, both Sara and Beth are very wholesome, sweet, "Girl next door," names, and it's even more true when they're together. 

It's not a name that suits my personal style, but it's a fine choice.