The name is found in the Book of Mormon as the name of the wife of Lehi and the mother of Laman, Lemuel, Sam, Nephi, Jacob and Joseph. It is a very common name among people of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Pronounced (suh-RYE-ah), the origin and meaning of the name is debated, but it has been agreed among LDS linguist that it may be from the Hebrew  שׂריה (Śaryāh) meaning “the Lord is Prince.” Others have suggested that it may be a derivative of another Biblical name, the male Seraiah meaning “Yahweh is ruler.”

Currently, Sariah is the 656th most popular female name in the United States (2010).