Adding to my name

My name is Sarah. I love my name and never want to change it except for my generation it is so popular. To overcome this I would like to hyphenate my name with another name to make a longer name which I would love and make my name more unique. I have no nickname to go by and to be honest I don't want one. I was never given a middle name so I only have my first name and surname so I would be adding a middle name or adding to my first name.

Some ideas I have had... Lucy, Marie, Sophie, Estelle, Elise, Amy, Rose and Fay.

What do you think of these name choices? Would love some suggestions as well. 

Thanks all.


January 12, 2016 5:44 PM

I also love the name Sarah :)

If you're going to be using both names together on a regular basis, it's rather important that they sound nice and are easy to say together. One-syllable names or names with the stress on the second syllable appeal to me in this aspect, just for flow purposes. Out of your list, Marie, Estelle, Elise, Rose, and Fay are the ones that fit this (made-up) criteria. I think Marie and Fay sound lovely, although Marie is quite overused as a middle name. The vowel beginnings in Estelle and Elise tend to run into the ending of Sarah when said quickly, so if it were me I'd count those out. Sarah-Rose gives me trouble with the repeated R sound. I find it hard to say. So, from your list, I'd pick Sarah-Fay.

Of course, feel free to completely disregard anything I just said!

What do you like about the names you're considering? They all seem to have a classic, pretty style. Some other ideas for you could be Renee, Jane, Jade, Selene, or Kay.

January 13, 2016 1:54 PM

I love Renee and I like Jade. Never been a fan of Jane myself. Kay I like but I all I think about is Okay. Love Selene but not sure I would be confident enough to use it.

January 12, 2016 6:22 PM

I think izzime's point about having the names sound good together is important, if you're thinking of having folks use both, and I agree with her analysis of the names you list.

To help with flow, I think Lucy could be Lucia--Sarah-Lucia (Loo-SEE-uh) trips off my tongue much more easily than Sarah-Lucy, even though it's longer--and Sophie could become Sophia, for the same reasons.

With a bit more tweaking, Estelle could become Stella (this comboSarah-Stella reminds me a bit of the campfire song Sarasponda, but in a good way); for Amy, I would substitute Mia--Sara-Mia has a lovely, Italian-endearment sound to it.

Seraphina is a sound-alike to Sarah-Fina; if you like it, you could perhaps either use Fina as a new middle name or use something like Josephine with Seraphine/Seraphina as a contracted nickname of your first and middle names.

Other names that would lend themselves to a construction similar to Seraphina are Lena and Mina; I think a lot of shorter names ending in the -a or -ia sound would combine well into a slightly-frillier version of Sarah: Sarah-Leah, Sarah-Dora, Sarah-Luna, etc.

January 13, 2016 2:06 PM

I like Sarah Lucia and Sarah Leah.

January 13, 2016 2:19 PM

What about Sarah Jasmine?

January 18, 2016 3:59 PM

I like Sarah-Lucia a lot, but I think Sarah-Lou is really fun to say, too, and could be the call name for a Sarah-Lucia, a Sarah-Lucy or a Sarah-Louise.

January 12, 2016 9:50 PM

I've known a Sarah-Grace and I think it's gorgeous. I love the previous suggestion of Jane, and I'll add June, May, and Kate. I definitely think a one-syllable addition works best, and if you go with 2 syllables, the stress should be on the 2nd. I find Estelle, Elise, and Rose to be difficult to say after Sarah.

January 12, 2016 9:56 PM

I once met a young woman (now mid-thirties) by the lovely name of Sarah-Jane. I really like how it sounds. From your options, I really like the flow of Sarah-Marie and Sarah-Elise. Sarah-Rose sounds more southern or country to me, so not really my style.

My favorite for you would definitely be Sarah-Louise. So pretty!

By mk
January 13, 2016 2:04 PM

I know several Sarah Janes, a Sarah-Kate and a Sarah Elise, all who use both names. so those are options, although if you want something more unusual I think Fay, Rose and the above suggestion of Renee also work.

January 15, 2016 2:05 AM

I'm Sarah too. Great name! I know a Sarahbeth, which I've always thought was beautiful! That one's a very natural, easy to say add-on.

January 18, 2016 2:33 PM

I like Sarahbeth though I would spell it Sarabeth.

January 18, 2016 3:52 PM

I like the suggestions you've gotten so far, and I think that elaborating your name is an excellent thing to do! I have said this before but I have the pleasure of knowing a really impressive number of awesome women named Sara(h) and it is really hard to avoid confusing my children when we're talking about any of the Sara(h)s because there are just so many. I think adding a name is a great way to retain the name (it's a beautiful name!) and provide continuity, but allowing for easier distinguishing between you and all the other people who share your name.

For what it's worth, these are compound Sara names that show up in the SSA data for 2014 (keep in mind that hyphens and internal capitalization are stripped out of the data, so Sara-Lynn and SaraLynn and Saralynn all show up together): Saralyn(n), Sarabeth, Sarafina/Saraphina, Sara(h)grace, Sarabella, Sarahann, Saranya, Sarahjane. Looking at older years turns up Saralee, Saralou, Sarajean, Sarajo, Sara(h)elizabeth, Sarahmarie.

I would be inclined to think about whether the second element can come from a meaningful source for you personally. A lot of the natural double name options were also very common as middle names for the same reason, so perhaps I might comb through the family tree or through historical figures whom you admire and select an option that way. This might also help get any reluctant family members on board more, too!

January 20, 2016 12:39 PM

Some family names that I like are Lucy and Marie. Some other family names that I don't really want to use are Susan, Sheila and Karen. 

January 24, 2016 4:30 AM

I have narrowed it down to Sarah-Lucy or Sarah-Sophie. Which one flows better?

January 24, 2016 10:14 AM

Sarah-Lucy flows best I think. Sarah-Sophia would sound better to my ears, because Sarah and Sophie are both two-syllable names that feel a bit blunt even together. Sarah-Sophia sounds more complete and grown-up to me for a reason.

January 24, 2016 1:16 PM



February 3, 2016 12:12 AM

I personally prefer Sarah-Lucy. It sounds traditional and sophisticated without being too frilly, and I love the variety of sounds from each name. Sarah-Sophie just sounds too repetitive to me with the alliteration and identical syllable structure.

January 24, 2016 2:03 PM

I agree with Emerald Bee, Sarah-Grace is very pretty. I also suggest Ann, May/Mae, Rose, or Belle/Bella.

January 27, 2016 9:33 PM

How about Sarah Selene? Does it go or is it to S heavy?

January 28, 2016 5:41 AM

I really, really like it for you. Sarah Selene is beautiful and distinguished, and it must be a name you like a lot, considering you chose it as a username. I say go for it, much nicer to me than Sarah-Grace or Sarabeth or Sarah-Sophie.

January 28, 2016 11:02 AM

I like Sarah Selene as a first name/middle name combination, but I personally would find it difficult to say on a regular basis as a double first. The Ss would slip me up and get me tongue tied. I also think it would be fairly easy to insist that people call you the full Sarah-Rose or Sarah-Jane, for example, but that people would be inclined to reduce Sarah-Selene back to just Sarah -- which would leave you where you started off...

By rooo
January 29, 2016 4:45 AM

I might consider Sarah Eleanor, Sarah Elena or Sarah Helene and you can go by Selene as a nn.

January 29, 2016 5:30 AM

I like the idea of Sara-Helene nickname Selene.

What about Eleni or Elene?

January 30, 2016 10:21 AM

I think you could use any of the names that end in a -leen or -leena sound, e.g. Sarah Marlene or Sarah Colleen, so I think Sarah Eleni/e would work well.

I do think you'll get more compliance if you limit the total name to three or four syllables--I'm reminded of hearing Matthew Broderick say that while Sarah Jessica Parker prefers the full Sarah Jessica, he often calls her just Sarah at home, for the sake of expedience.

January 29, 2016 8:25 AM

Amazing suggestion!

January 29, 2016 10:18 AM

I like Sarah-Jane and Sarah-Grace. would you be willing to have Sarah as the last part of it? 

I also like Sarah-May and Sarah-Fay. Sarah-Fay is is my favorite from your list.

February 8, 2016 9:57 PM

My name is Sarah Marie, so obviously that one is my favorite. Sarah Rose is very pretty, but Rose is also a last name and that can be slightly confusing. Sarah Grace is very pretty. I also like Sarah Jane, two beautiful names in one. 

I would also like to suggest: Sarah Belle, Sarah Leigh/Lea/Lee, Sarah Lily, and Sarah Olivia.