The name is found in the Old Testament (Genesis 17:15) as the original name of Sarah before it was changed by God. It is believed to be derived from a Hebrew source meaning “contentious.”
Currently, Sarai is the 422nd most popular female name in the United States, (2010). It is rather popular among the Hispanic-American community.
Other forms of the name include:
- Saraj (Czech/Polish. sah-RYE)
- Saarai (Finnish)
- Saraï (French. SAH-HRAH-EE)
- Sárai (Hungarian. SHAH-rye)
- Szárai (Hungarian. SAH-rye)