Last name origins & meanings:
- English and French: from the medieval French form of the Latin
personal name Sabinus or its feminine form Sabina,
originally an ethnic name for a member of an ancient Italic people of
central Italy, whose name is of uncertain origin. According to legend,
in the 8th century bc the Romans slaughtered the Sabine
menfolk and carried off the women. More influential as far as
name-giving is concerned was the existence of several Christian saints
bearing this name. The masculine name was borne by at least ten early
saints (martyrs and bishops), but as a given name the feminine form
was always more popular.
- Jewish: probably also an
Americanized form of some like-sounding Jewish name.
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