Here's another Sara for you. My parents named me Sara because it's an international name, used in both Sweden and Egypt (my two countries of origin). No biblical connections and such, they just liked the name. My mother was thinking of calling me Beatrice, but I'm glad my father disagreed. Being named Sara makes me feel too common, it was the no. 1 female name to name your girl in Sweden in 1990 (the year I was born), so I've seen a lot of Saras in my classes during the years, once 1/4 of the class were named Sara. About the nickname, no, I really bless being named Sara then, because I hate nicknames, I never give people nicknames and I love the fact that they can't even give me one if they tried, nothing works! My last name is not that dull though (Afifi), in Sweden at least... So actually when people are faced with too many Saras they usually call me by my last name, which I don't really mind. I've never considered changing my name, nothing suits me better and I'm pretty OK with my name overall, my second name (Caroline) is common too, so it wouldn't really make a difference. I know like appx. 15+ Saras, in my direct environment (i.e. among my friends and such) it's just one though. I don't care about associations with other Saras, the only thing I'm annoyed by is the fact that some Scrubs series star named Sarah married a guy named Jamie Afifi or something, so now she's the most well-known Sara(h) Afifi in the world! Ha ha.