Sarah is out. Officially. Pretty much.
It’s going out of fashion faster than any other girls’ name in Australia.
According to the McCrindle 2021 Baby Name Report, Sarah has had the biggest fall in popularity of any girls’ name over the past decade. (Maddison came a not-so-close second.)
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In 2010, Sarah was sitting just outside the top 20.
By 2020, it was in 91st spot, on the brink of dropping out of the top 100.
Peak Sarah came in the 1980s, when it was the most popular name for Australian baby girls, fighting off challenges from Jessica and Rebecca.
You couldn’t go wrong with Sarah. Everyone loved it. It was in the Bible. It meant “princess”. It felt like a classic, suited to anyone from a baby right through to an old lady.
Sarah felt like a classic because it was. It was one of the top five girls’ names throughout the 1700s and 1800s in the UK, along with Mary, Ann, Elizabeth and Jane.
It was even a top 20 name back in the 1300s, appearing alongside the rather less catchy Avice and Magot.
There’s no shortage of famous Sarahs, either. It’s not exactly an Oprah or even an Ellen. The name “Sarah” in a headline would be meaningless.
There’s Sarah Jessica Parker and Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Palin and Sarah Hanson-Young, Sarah Ferguson and the other Sarah Ferguson...
In 2017, Sarah Todd wrote an article for Quartz about the psychological effects of growing up with the name Sarah, or any other really popular name.
She said she’d never felt “particularly exceptional”, because of her name.
“When people on the street say my name, I often don’t bother to turn around, knowing that there are probably other Sarahs in close proximity,” she wrote.
“And so I think of ‘Sarah’ as less a name that’s specific to me and more as a general descriptor –another word for ‘woman’ or ‘girl’, or something else that applies both to me and to a lot of other people too.”
At least the sheer volume of Sarahs means they can bond over shared experiences. Sarah Aspler, writing for BuzzFeed in 2016, came up with a list of 17 “slightly terrible” things only Sarahs can understand.