Hebrew and Arabic
"blooming flower; God remembers"

Zara Origin and Meaning

The name Zara is a girl's name of Arabic, Hebrew origin meaning "blooming flower; God remembers".

Zara has multiple origins, but most notably is a variation of Zahrah, a name derived from the Arabic zahrah, meaning "blooming flower." Zara can also be a diminutive of the Bulgarian name Zaharina, a feminine form of the Hebrew Zechariah. Today, Zara is heavily associated with the Spanish fast-fashion empire of the same name.

Zara is an evocative name, often used in early movies and novels for a sultry character from the East — Greta Garbo played one in the 1932 film As You Desire Me. Britain's Princess Anne defied royal convention by giving her daughter the Arabic name in 1981, thus bestowing on Zara instant upper-class status.

One of the first uses of Zara was by William Congreve in his 1697 play The Mourning Bride as the name of an African queen. Zara, Priestess of the Golden Flame, also was a Wonder Woman comic book villain.

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.

Possible downside:the Zara clothing stores now in many malls.

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Zara Rank in US Top 1000

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Zara Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Zara Popularity

Famous People Named Zara

  • Zara TurnerBritish actress
  • Zara DawsonEnglish actress
  • Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips Tindalldaughter of Britain's Princess Anne
  • Zara AldanaFilipina celebrity
  • Zara BateAustralian fashion designer
  • Zara Frances CullyAmerican actress
  • Zara LeanderSwedish singer and actress
  • Zara DolukhanovaArmenian mezzo,soprano singer
  • Zara Maria LarssonSwedish singer
  • Zara LevinaUkrainian pianist and composer
  • Zara NorthoverJamaican shot putter
  • Zara PeerzadaPakistani model
  • Zara SheikhPakistani model
  • Zara (born Neşe Yılmaz)Turkish pop,folk singer
  • Zarifa "Zara" Pashaevna MgoyanRussian pop singer
  • (Zara) Layla KayleighEnglish,American actress and TV personality

Zara in Pop Culture

  • Queen Zaracharacter in "The Secret History of Queen Zara and the Zarazians"
  • Zaracharacter in "The Mourning Bride" by William Congreve
  • Zaracharacter on TV's "Switched at Birth"
  • ZARASpanish clothing company
  • Zara Askercharacter in "CHERUB" series by Robert Muchamore
  • Zara Whitecharacter in "Need" series by Carire Jones
  • Zara Amarocharacter on TV's "Law and Order: SVU"
  • Zara Carmichaelcharacter on British TV series "Doctors"
  • Zara Morgancharacter on British soap "Hollyoaks"
  • ZaraPriestess of the Crimson Flame, villain in DC Comics
  • Zara Perkichcharacter on TV's "Offspring"
  • Zara Dearbornshadowhunter from "The Dark Artifices" trilogy by Cassandra Cçare