Hagar is primarily a girl’s name of Hebrew origin, meaning “flight” or “forsaken.” Hagar was a prominent Biblical figure in the Old Testament and the handmaid of Abraham’s wife, Sarah. As the story goes, Sarah was barren, so Hagar was tasked with bearing a son by Abraham. Sarah subsequently cast out Hagar after discovering she could have children of her own, banishing her to the wilderness. Feeling rejected and abandoned, Hagar received an inspiring message from an Angel of God and returned home to give birth to baby Ishmael. While the story of Hagar stirs up imagery of loneliness and desertion, it also presents the courage and resiliency found within to continue through dark times. Giving baby a name like this is sure to serve as a source of inspiration and strength for Hagar, whatever the situation.
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