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Gender: female
Pronunciation: sah-BREE-nah
Meaning: boundary line royal child, thorny cactus fruit
Related Names: Bree, Breena, Brina, Rena, Rina, Sabreen, Sabreena, Sabrena, Sabrene, Sabrine, Sabrinna, Sabryna, Sebreena, Sebrina, Xabrina, Zabrina

Length: 7 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 141


Name: sabrina Origin: English,,, Hebrew,,, Latin,, Meaning (no case): boundary line royal child, thorny cactus fruit

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The origin of the name Sabrina is a bit complicated. Some sources describe it as being of Celtic origin, in association with an Arthurian-era myth. It is the Latin version of the name of an English river, Severn, originally Habren in the Welsh language. In the myth, Sabrina/Habren is the illegitimate daughter of Locrian, King of England, and she is ordered by the Queen to be drowned in the river. In tribute to this tragedy, the river was to bear the child’s name. The name Sabrina is used in this myth as early as the first century CE. The meaning “boundary line” derives from the strategic importance of the River Severn in Roman and Saxon colonization. [1] The English meaning “royal child” may refer to the mythological Sabrina’s status as the daughter of an English king.

But there is another story of the name’s origin: it may be said to be a pet form of the name Sabra, which refers to the fruit of a prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica). This type of cactus is common in Israel, and the term Sabra is a nickname for native Israelis. The cactus fruit has a tough and thorny outer layer and a soft sweet inner layer; the nickname alludes to characteristics of the Israeli people. [1]


Sabrina has been a popular name in the United States throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It was ranked as number 197 in popularity in 2006 and saw its highest popularity in 1997 when it reached number 53. [1]


Because it looks and sounds similar to many other names, Sabrina is often confused with names such as Serena, Selena, Sarena, Sirena and Czarina.


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Author: Sarena Emily Levinson

Facts about SabrinaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 7  +
Meaning boundary line royal child, thorny cactus fruit  +
Meaningnc boundary line royal child, thorny cactus fruit  +
Name sabrina  +
Origin English  +, Hebrew  +, and Latin  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation sah-BREE-nah  +
Rank in 2000s 141  +
Related Bree  +, Breena  +, Brina  +, Rena  +, Rina  +, Sabreen  +, Sabreena  +, Sabrena  +, Sabrene  +, Sabrine  +, Sabrinna  +, Sabryna  +, Sebreena  +, Sebrina  +, Xabrina  +, and Zabrina  +
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