Sarah Series #2: Sarai means “contentious”
“Sarai” is understood by modern Hebrews and by some resources on ancient Hebrew names to mean “contentious”:
Here is an example of a modern Jewish father embracing the name and legacy of Sarai for his own newborn daughter: Sarai ____ What’s in a Name? He mentions that “the name Sarai means ‘my princess’ in biblical hebrew and ‘contentious’ in modern Hebrew”
I found this quite interesting. I did a google search on Sarai=contentious and found this in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia:
The former name [Sarai] appears to be derived from the same root as Israel, if, indeed, Genesis 32:28 is intended as an etymology of Israel. “She that strives,” a contentious person, is a name that might be given to a child at birth (compare Hosea 12:3,4, of Jacob), or later when the child’s character developed; in Genesis 16:6 and 21:10 a contentious character appears.