The name is first recorded in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae (c.1136) as the name of a princess drowned in the River Severn. Her story is the subject of John Milton’s Comus.

The same story later inspired Samuel A. Taylor’s 1953 stage play Sabrina Fair which was later adapted into a movie starring Audrey Hepburn.

The name did not come into regular usage until the 20th-century, most likely being popularized by the play and movie.

In the 1960s, Sabrina the Teenage Witch was a comic series that debuted.

It is currently the 219th most popular female name in the United States (2010).

Its popularity in other countries is as follows:

  • # 268 (France, 2009)
  • # 491 (the Netherlands, 2010)

The name is also used in German-speaking countries, Greece, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Slovenia.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Sabriina (Finnish)
  • Hafren (Welsh)




Gender: Feminine
Origin: Bulgarian
Meaning: “good.”

Do you like Sabrina, but find it just a tad bit too dated? Or perhaps the Sabrina the Teenage Witch associations nag at you. Then you might want to consider this Balkan beauty.

Dobrina is a common Bulgarian female name derived from the word dobra meaning “good.”

It is also the name of a tiny village, made up of 200 something inhabitants, in northeastern Bulgaria.

In Bulgaria, Dobrina’s name day is celebrated on the 27th of July.

Its diminutive forms are Dobrinka, Dobra and Dobri.