Zara is an evocative name, often used in early movies and novels for a sultry character from the East. Britain's Princess Anne defied royal convention by giving her daughter the exotic Arabic name in 1981, thus bestowing on Zara instant upper-class status. Zara can also be spelled Zarah or Zahra, as Chris Rock did for his daughter. The related Zahara is the name of Brad and Angelina's oldest daughter. All forms of Zara are related to the biblical Sarah. Zara, the heroine of a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, is currently a Top 50 name in Australia and New Zealand. Some people might identify Zara with the Spanish clothing chain.