Is Sariah Usable?

Hello I am in love with S names. I am building a list of names I may like to use for my future children.

One name that have fallen in love with is Sariah. I wonder if it usable though. I have read it is Mormon variant of Sarah or Sarai. I am not Mormon however. I would not want to offend anyone that is Mormon for using a name from their religion. I wonder if its like Cohen for the Jewish.

Any help in this area is much appreciated.


July 28, 2016 9:10 AM


I am not Mormon, but I think Sariah is very usable for a non-Mormon child. It is a very pretty name. I know a little Cohen. I don't believe he's Jewish, and I have never heard anyone question his name. Another name I think you would like is Selah, which I think is Hebrew for rest.

July 28, 2016 10:52 AM

I can almost guarantee that a child with given name Cohen is not Jewish. Cohen is not a name, it is a title which one is either entitled to or not. You can read much more about why it is not a good idea to name a child Cohen in this thread.

Sariah is a somewhat different kettle of fish, since it is a name and, so far as I can tell, there is no taboo associated with its usage. I'd want an LDS member to weigh in on this officially before using it, though.

Another name the OP could consider is the biblical Seraiah. It's masculine in the bible, but I suspect it is not used that way in the US much at all given its similarity to Sarah, Soraya, etc.

July 30, 2016 6:38 PM

Good to know! Thank you for the correction!

July 30, 2016 7:31 PM

The way that I pronounce Sariah when I read it is the same as Soraya– if you are not attached to the spelling of Sariah, Soraya could be a good way to not feel anxious about using the name (although I doubt you have reason to be).

July 28, 2016 12:36 PM

Hi, I'm Mormon :)

I can pretty much guarantee that NO ONE would ever be offended by a non-Mormon child with that name.

It's the name of a woman that is mentioned in the Book of Mormon. I would compare it to people who aren't Jewish or Christian using a name from the Bible.