Gender: Female Meaning of Zara: "blooming flower; God remembers" Origin of Zara: Hebrew and Arabic Zara's Popularity in 2019: #238

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 exotic 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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Rank in US: #238

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Pop Culture References for the name Zara

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Isabella_188 Says:


This is much better than the overused Sara/Sarah!

Yasmin Andries Says:


zara dearborn ruined this names forever, unfortunately it has a sweet meaning that definetely doesn't fits her

scblovesnames Says:


Have grown fond of this over the years. Only met one Zarah. She loved how my name was Sarah, I loved how her name was Zarah. I was a teenager and she did my hair at least twice when I used to go to JC Penny salon. Just a single letter change makes this name exotic.

MariposaButterflyaway Says:


Woah, I'm late. The proper pronunciation is Zara (zah-rah) so yeah, most people will pronounce it that. If you wanna name your kid Zara (zarra) go ahead! Pronunciation issues will only need to be cleared up with a person once.


Them: Aw, Zarah's so cute!
You: No, actually, it's Zarra.
Them: Oh, okay, sorry.

I'm a Zara myself, and I pronounce it Zah-rah, but Zarra's pretty. I'm definitely biased to the former pronunciation - it is my name after all - but I don't think many people would mind Zarra. So, seeing as this is 2 years in the past, I'm wondering what your thoughts on the name are currently.

MariposaButterflyaway Says:


Haha, definitely not made up - I know as it's my name. To each their own.

Miriam2468 Says:


I don't like this name, because I feel it sounds like it's made up. But that's just me, no one else has to agree.

Daiseymae Says:


I like the way you pronounce it better, and I have a male relative from the 1800s who said it like Zarra too.

sfinkler Says:


Beautiful sound to it, I can see this name being really popular someday

tla123 Says:


I don't think the clothing store should turn anyone off from using the name, especially in the US. Carter and Claire are VERY popular names despite Carter's baby clothes and the cheap mall store Claire's, and those brands are much more common than Zara.

kimlz Says:


I love this name and hope to use it for a future daughter. I am not sure whether I prefer the Zah-ra pronunciation or Zarr- uh (like with the sound of the "a" being the same as when you pronounce "cat". How would you spell it to achieve that pronunciation? I like Zarra but wonder if people will pronounce it like Zarah.

fromtheocean12 Says:


pronounced "zah-ra", I love this name. I don't like it when it's pronounced like Sarah. It sounds more unique and beautiful pronounced "zah-ra".

TheSlothPrincess Says:


I love this name! It sounds beautiful, feisty, and unique. I would not think of it being a clothing store because we don't have one in my region, but I can see that being a problem if it is well known where you live.

Jasmine-Joy Says:


I've always loved this name because it's simple yet not very common

MarieLalie Says:


For me it's the name of a clothing brand, nothing more, nothing less

thedarkfirefly Says:


This is my name! Since people usually have problems with my real one, I go around with 'Zahra', a different spelling, and they seem to love it.

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Alicia1 Says:


Seriously love this name!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Zara isn't too out there, it's currently in the top 100 most popular baby names in Australia at #28. I've also met around 5 others with the name Zara. Unfortunately...

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


My name is Zara, and I get loads of compliments on its uniqueness and beauty by many adults and teachers.

Alicia1 Says:


Zara is a beautiful name, I would love to use it if I was still having children. It really turns heads wonderfully unique!

Guest Says:


I like this much more than Sarah/Sara.

rainierloner Says:


Zara is a gorgeous name and I would love love to use it, but I think it might be too out there...