The name comes directly from the English word for a large grassy plain. It is believed to be derived from a Taino word, zabana. The name has been in usage since at least the 18th-century. In 1884 it was the 324th most popular female name in the United States. Currently, she is the 46th most popular female name in the United States, (2010).
Her rankings in other countries is as follows:
- #58 (Australia, NSW, 2010)
- #83 (Canada, BC, 2010)
- # 350 (France, 2009)