Sabrina (given name)
|Language(s)||English, German, Arabic|
|Meaning||From the river Severn or "boundary" or ‘White Rose’.|
In European culture
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. According to legend, Sabrina lives in the river, which reflects her mood. She rides in a chariot and dolphins and salmon swim alongside her. The later story suggests that the legend of Sabrina could have become intermingled with old stories of a river goddess or nymph.
On the name Sabrina, The Facts on File Dictionary of First Names (1983) has this to say:
Roman name for the River Severn, in England. Ekwall, in his English River Names, thinks that Severn is a Celtic name but is unable to explain it. The legendary explanation for Sabrina is that she was the daughter of King Locrine by his mistress Estrildis. Queen Guendolen’s fury led to her assembling an army to make war on her husband, who was slain. Guendolen then had Sabrina and Estrildis thrown into the river which from that time was called Sabrina. The poet Milton, in Comus, and the playwright Fletcher, in The Faithful Shepherdess, refer to the legend. In modern times there has been a play Sabrina Fair by Samuel Taylor, and a film called Sabrina. In Britain the name was used throughout the 19th century but has been very rarely used in the 20th century. In the U.S. it was being steadily used in the 1970s and early 1980s.
In Arabic culture
Sabrina, alternatively spelled Sabreena or in other slight variations, is taken from the Arabic word sabr, meaning patience or patient one.
The name gained popularity in English-speaking populations following the release of the film Sabrina (1954); it was the 789th most popular name for girls born in the United States in 1954, and rose to the 245th most popular name in 1955. Its use has continued, boosted by the popularity of the comic book character Sabrina the Teenage Witch, who debuted in 1962. A television series featured the character in the 1990s. As well as the 2018 Netflix series adaption ” Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. The name was ranked as the 197th most popular name for U.S.-born girls in 2007.
- Sabrina (actress) (1936-2016), stage name of Norma Ann Sykes, a British glamour model and actress
- Sabrina (Portuguese artist) (born 1982), stage name of Teresa Villa-Lobos, a Portuguese singer
- Sabrina Benaim (born 1992), Canadian writer, performance artist, and slam poet
- Sabrina Brazzo (born 1968), Italian ballerina
- Sabrina Bryan (born 1984), stage name Reba Hinojos, a Cheetah Girl
- Sabrina Carpenter (born 1999), American teen actress and singer
- Sabrina Dornhoefer (born 1963), American middle distance runner
- Sabrina Erdely (born 1971/1972), American magazine reporter known for the defamatory Rolling Stone article "A Rape on Campus"
- Sabrina Ferilli (born 1964), Italian actress
- Sabrina Goleš (born 1965), Croatian tennis player who represented Yugoslavia
- Sabrina Ionescu (born 1997), American basketball player
- Sabrina Jeffries (active since 1992), pen name of Deborah Gonzales, an American author
- Sabrina Le Beauf (born 1958), American actress from the Cosby Show
- Sabrina Lloyd (born 1970), American actress who starred in Sliders and Sports Night
- Sabrina Mahfouz , British-Egyptian poet.
- Sabrina Richard (born 1977), French weightlifter
- Sabrina Sabrok (born 1976), Argentine-Mexican model and host
- Sabrina Salerno (born 1968), stage name of Norma Salerno, an Italian Disco singer, actress and model
- Sabrina Sato (born 1981), Brazilian tv show host and comedian
- Sabrina Sidney (1757–1843), English foundling girl
- Sabrina Fairchild, played by Audrey Hepburn in the 1954 movie Sabrina and by Julia Ormond in the 1995 remake
- Sabrina Spellman, an Archie Comics character who debuted in 1962 in the October issue of Archie's Mad House
- played by Jane Webb on the animated television series The Archie Comedy Hour (1969) and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1970)
- played by Melissa Joan Hart on the 1996 television series Sabrina the Teenage Witch
- played by Emily Hart on the animated 2000 television series Sabrina: The Animated Series
- played by Kiernan Shipka on the 2018 Netflix Original series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
- Sabrina Duncan, played by Kate Jackson on the 1976 television series Charlie's Angels
- Sabrina, the Gym Leader of Saffron City in the Pokémon 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, played by Raya Meddine on the 2008 season of the American soap opera The Young and the Restless
- Sabrina Santiago, played by Teresa Castillo premiering in the 2012 season of the American soap opera General Hospital
- Sabrina (disambiguation) for other uses
- Hanks, Patrick (2003). "Severn". Dictionary of American Family Names. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
[T]opographic name from the river Severn, which flows from Wales through much of western England to the Bristol Channel. The 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; the original meaning is uncertain, but it may have been ‘slow-moving’.
- "Sabrina." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper. Retrieved 7 January 2013. <Etymonline.com http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Sabrina>.
- Behind the Name
- The Legend of Sabrina
- Tidal Bore Research Society
- Liam Rogers (1999), Sabrina and the River Severn
- Dunkling, Leslie; Gosling, William (1983), The Facts on File Dictionary of First Names, New York: Facts on File Publications, p. 247, ISBN 0-87196-274-8
- United States Social Security Administration
- AS:Arabic Name: Sabrina http://www.mynameinarabic.com/2007/06/21/sabrina-sabreena/
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