Sara V. Sarah: Spelling Debate

As a person who dealt with having a common name but an uncommon spelling, I was constantly frustrated because nobody could spell my name right without me correcting them.
I really like the name [name_f]Sara[/name_f]/[name_f]Sarah[/name_f], but I don’t know which spelling comes first when people think of the name. I want to minimize my daughter needing to correct people over and over throughout her life.
So which spelling is the first that comes to mind when you hear the name Sare-uh?

Definitely [name_f]Sarah[/name_f]!

I definitely know more Sarahs, but [name_f]Sara[/name_f] is not an uncommon spelling of the name. I think that, with either spelling, your daughter would often have to clarify for people (“With or without the H?”) and would sometimes get her name spelled wrong. Not a big deal, really, I wouldn’t let it stop you from using a name you love! :slight_smile:

Another vote for [name_f]Sarah[/name_f].

I feel like with this spelling I’m certain of the prn; with [name_f]Sara[/name_f] I always wonder if it’s pronounced like [name_f]Tara[/name_f]/[name_f]Mara[/name_f] or like [name_f]Sarah[/name_f].

[name_m]Just[/name_m] by looking, to me [name_f]Sara[/name_f] is SAH-ruh (sar like in car or star) and [name_f]Sarah[/name_f] is SAIR-uh/SARE-uh (sair like in air or stairs, sare like care or bare). So, in short, [name_f]Sarah[/name_f]!

[name_f]Sarah[/name_f]! I say [name_f]Sara[/name_f] completely differently, like “Sah-rah”.

I love the classic [name_f]Sarah[/name_f]!

My sister is [name_f]Sara[/name_f], pronounced Sair-ah. She occasionally has people spell it with a h, but it’s not a problem.

All of my best friends that were “[name_f]Sarah[/name_f]” spelled their names with an h at the end. I much prefer it that way. The other way looks incomplete to me.

I second what someone else said, not quite the same pronountiation [name_f]Sarah[/name_f] and [name_f]Sara[/name_f], the regular English pronunciation would be [name_f]Sarah[/name_f]

Honestly, I would pronounce them the same way (Sah-rah) but I’m Greek so…
Anyway, I’d definitely go with [name_f]Sarah[/name_f]- it’s the original and the first thing that comes to mind
[name_f]Sara[/name_f] seems slightly prettier and more special to me though

I assume [name_f]Sarah[/name_f] unless corrected.

[name_f]Sara[/name_f] always looks a little wrong to me unless it’s the sah-ruh pronunciation (in my area, used primarily by Spanish-speaking families).

[name_f]Sara[/name_f] and [name_f]Sarah[/name_f] are pronounced exactly the same. (Sair-uh) Anytime someone needs to spell my name they just ask with or without an h. It really isn’t a big deal.

Definitely [name_f]Sarah[/name_f]. I personally think [name_f]Sara[/name_f] is prettier but if you are trying to minimize misspellings with the H is more common

Where I live [name_f]Sarah[/name_f] is pronounced SAIR-uh while [name_f]Sara[/name_f] is generally SAR-uh.

I would definitely use [name_f]Sarah[/name_f]. [name_f]Sara[/name_f] feels incomplete and imbalanced to me, visually speaking.

I pronounce both the same, but I know [name_f]Sara[/name_f] can also be said SAR-uh (rhyming with [name_f]Mara[/name_f]) instead of SAIR-uh.

I prefer [name_f]Sara[/name_f], but only because I think it’s prettier without the H. I know several Sarahs and Saras, and they all have to clarify “with/without the H” on a regular basis, but it’s become so natural they usually almost say it automatically. Most of them don’t get annoyed unless someone ignores them.

My sister’s name is [name_f]Sara[/name_f], I don’t think she’s ever run into problems. The spelling of both I think are similar to [name_f]Zoe[/name_f] and [name_f]Zoey[/name_f], both a widely used and it’s just one letter difference. It’s not so far out like [name_f]Kaitlyn[/name_f] and [name_f]Catelynn[/name_f] for example.

I pronounce both the same way, but I prefer the spelling [name_f]Sara[/name_f]. Though I would likely first spell it [name_f]Sarah[/name_f], I think [name_f]Sara[/name_f] is prettier! I also have a friend who spells her name Sayrah and pronounces it the same way!

Definitely [name_f]Sarah[/name_f]!