Origin: Latin Сабина
Eng (suh-BEE-nah; suh-BYE-nah).
The name comes from a Roman cognomen, Sabinus, which was usually carried by people of Sabine origins. The Sabines were an ancient Italic people who lived in Central Italy and whose culture was eventually absorbed by the Romans.
The name was borne by an early Christian saint and martyr. It is also the name of a region in Italy which takes its name from the tribe.
It is also the name of a genus of tree, which has probably further popularized the name.
The name could also be from the Arabic, sometimes transliterated as Sabeen, meaning “follower of another religion” and was said to be a name given to the Prophet Mohammed by non-Muslims.
Currently, Sabina is the 13th most popular female name in Kazakhstan, (2010), while Sabine is the 392nd most popular in the Netherlands, (2010).
The name is used throughout Europe and Central Asia.
Other forms include:
- Sabien (Dutch)
- Sabine (German/French)
- Szabina (Hungarian)
- Sabeena (Indian)
- Savina (Italian)
Masculine forms include:
- Sabino (Italian)
- Savino (Italian)
- Sabinus (Latin)
- Sabin (Romanian)
A Czech and Polish diminutive is Sabinka.