Sabrina Name Meaning & Origin


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.

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Bree, Brina, Zabrina

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Bree, Bri, Brie, Brina, Rina, Sabs, Sab, Sabby, Sabster, Breenie, Brini, Breena, Bean, Beany, Bina, B, Sabrine, Brine, Rina, Rena, Bri Bri, Na, Nina,

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

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My nephew couldn't pronounce Sabrina. So after a lot of coaching we finally got him to say "SirBina"! I loved it! So, it stuck!

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Meanings and history of the name Sabrina

The Severn River name is recorded as early as the 2nd century ad in the form Sabrina. This is one of Britain’s most ancient river names.

Origin: British
Meaning: Legendary princess.

Origin: Italian
Meaning: From the border.

Origin: Gaelic
Meaning: A Welsh river name

Mythology: the name of a Celtic maiden in a Welsh tale.
According to a legend recounted by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century, Habren or Sabrina, the Latinized form of the river's Common Brittonic or proto-Welsh name, was the daughter of a king named Locrinus (also known as Locrin or Locrine in English) by his mistress, the Germanic princess Estrildis. Locrinus ruled England after the death of his father, Brutus of Troy, the legendary second founder of Britain. Locrinus cast aside his wife, Guendolen, and their son Maddan and acknowledged Sabrina and her mother, but the enraged Guendolen raised an army against him and defeated Locrinus in battle. Guendolen then ordered that Sabrina and her mother be drowned in the river. The river was named after Sabrina so Locrine's betrayal of Guendolen would never be forgotten. The Severn River.

According to legend, Sabrina lives in the river, which reflects her mood. She rides in a chariot and dolphins and salmon swim alongside her.

Severn is the male version name of Sabrina

Famous real-life people named Sabrina

-Sabrina (actress), the stage name of Norma Ann Sykes, a British glamour model and actress
-Sabrina (Portuguese artist), the stage name of Teresa Villa-Lobos, a Portuguese singer
-Sabrina Brazzo (born 1968), Italian ballerina
-Sabrina Bryan, stage name Reba Hinojos, member of pop group The Cheetah Girls
-Sabrina Dornhoefer, an American middle distance runner
-Sabrina Ferilli, an Italian actress
-Sabrina Goleš, a 1980s Croatian tennis player who represented Yugoslavia
-Sabrina Jeffries, the pen name of Deborah Gonzales, an American author
-Sabrina Le Beauf, an American actress from the Cosby Show
-Sabrina Lloyd, an American actress who starred in Sliders and Sports Night
-Sabrina Richard, a French weightlifter
-Sabrina Hochstein, German yorkshire au pair legend
-Sabrina Sabrok, an Argentine-Mexican model and host
-Sabrina Salerno, the stage name of Norma Salerno, an Italian Disco singer, actress and model
-Sabrina Sojourner, motivational speaker, writer, and lay Jewish leader
-Sabrina Carpenter (born 1999), American teen actress and singer
-Sabrina Sakaë Mottola Sodi (b. 2007), daughter of Mexican singer, songwriter, and actress Thalía

Sabrina in song, story & screen

-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.
-Sabrina Duncan, a character played by Kate Jackson on the 1976 television series, Charlie's Angels
-Sabrina, the Gym Leader of Saffron City in the Pokemon franchise, first appearing in 1996
-Sabrina Grimm, a main character in The Sisters Grimm series of novels (2005 to 2012) written by Michael Buckley
-Sabrina Costelana Newman, a character played by Raya Meddine on the 2008 season of the American soap opera The Young and the Restless
-Sabrina Santiago, a character played by Teresa Castillo premiering in the 2012 season of the American soap opera General Hospital
-Sabrina Spellman from Netflix Original series "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"

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