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Quick Facts on Zachary

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 73
Simple meaning:
God has remembered

Characteristics of Zachary

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Zachary

Zachary is an English masculine personal name derived from Zacharias which is the Latin form of the Hebrew “Zekharyahu” (זְכַרְיָה) meaning “Yahweh has remembered” from the Hebrew elements “yahu” (Yahweh, God) and “zakhar” (he remembered). There are several Biblical characters with some form of this name: Zachariah, Zechariah and Zacharias. For instance, Zechariah was the name of a minor prophet who lived in the 6th century B.C. during the friendly reign of the Persian King Darius (who allowed the Jews to return from Babylonian exile and re-build their temple, which Darius funded). Zechariah was also the name of an 8th century B.C. King of Israel. More well-known, however, is the New Testament’s Zachariah/Zacharias, the husband of Elizabeth and father of John the Baptist. When the angel Gabriel appeared before Zachariah informing him that God would make Elizabeth pregnant, he did not believe it (Elizabeth was well past child-bearing years). As punishment for his doubt, God struck Zachariah dumb; however, after the baby John was born, God restored Zachariah’s speech but any relevant remarks he may have made are lost to history. It must not have been too bad, however, because he was named a saint and his feast day is celebrated on November 15th. As John the Baptist’s father, Zachariah became an important figure among Christians. Eventually the name Zachary formed from Zachariah. It’s a Top 50 favorite baby boy’s name in England, Canada and Australia and a Top 75 in the United States. Zach is a common short form.

Popularity of the Name Zachary

Although Zachary was an early favorite in the New World (thanks to the Puritans), the name didn’t see a revival in America until the latter half of the 20th century. Zachary first appeared on America’s Top 1000 list in 1946. It took him 30 years, but Zachary finally achieved a hard-won spot on the Top 100 in 1976. From there the name pretty much went gangbusters. He even got as high as #12 on the charts (1994) which was his best year ever. In more recent years, Zachary has slipped a little in popularity but he’s still holding strong to America’s Top 100 list. Zachary is an appealing name for several reasons: it has a lot of Biblical significance, it’s one of the few “Z” names available, it has a cool-sounding short form (Zach), and he’s a strong Number One in numerology.
Popularity of the Boy Name Zachary
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Zachary

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Zachary

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Zachary

    Zachary Taylor (The Secret Life of Bees) Zachary “Zach” Lincoln Taylor is a lesser but important figure in the highly praised book, "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd (2002). He is a black teenager in the Deep South of the 60s who befriends the protagonist, Lily Owens, when she runs away from an abusive father. At a time when the country is seething with racial unrest, he teaches Lily some important life lessons.

  • Popular Songs on Zachary

    Popular Songs on Zachary

    Zachary and Jennifer - a song by John Denver

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Zachary

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Zachary

    The Story of Zachary Zween (Mabel Watts) - Poor little Zachary – always last in line! But in a surprising turnaround he finds out that being last can be best. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    When Zachary Beaver Came To Town (Mary Rich and Kimberly Willis Holt) - Zachary Beaver, “the fattest boy in the world” moves to a town in Texas where the other boys are initially repelled by him, however, after some disturbing events in their lives, they are taught the meaning of friendship. Recommended for ages 11-15.

    Zachary Z. Packrat and His Amazing Collections (Brooke Bessesen) - Meet Zachary, a playful packrat who never seems to have enough stuff. He loves art and heirlooms, swap meets and museums. Read along and join the fun as he carefully cares for his favorite collections and seeks out new goodies to stash in his cache. Written in rhyme for readers of all ages. This book also has a scientific prelude, plus Questions for Discussion at the end. 40 pages. Full color illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Zachary Zebra's Zippity Zooming (Barbara deRubertis) - ZIP! ZAP! ZOOM! Zachary is usually a zippity zooming zebra! but today he snoozes through his alarm clock and has a blitz of bad luck at school. What could be making Zachary's zippity zooming fizzle out? Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Zachary Zormer: Shape Transformer (Joanne Anderson Reisberg) - Friday is Zachary Zormer's favorite day of the week. At least it is until he realizes he forgot this week's assignment, "Bring in something fun to measure." Tyler, the class show-off, brings a picture of himself from the newspaper. How can Zack top that when all he has to work with is a piece of paper he finds in his pocket? Week after week Zack takes on a different math concept (length, width, area, perimeter) with surprising projects including a mobius strip, a paper frame large enough to step through, and a light show that demonstrates how the sun heats the earth. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Zachary's Ball (Matt Tavares) - "Zachary’s Ball is a children’s classic." -Peter Gammons, hall-of-Fame baseball reporter. When Zachary’s father catches a foul ball at Fenway Park and gives it to him, something really amazing happens. Zachary finds himself on the pitcher’s mound, wearing a Red Sox uniform and playing against New York! As long as Zachary has the ball, all his baseball fantasies seem to come true. But can he hold on to its magic? Zachary’s Ball, Matt Tavares’s debut picture book, is a perfect story for celebrating the 100th birthday of the setting that inspired it: Boston’s Fenway Park, the oldest park still in use by a major-league club — and one of the country’s most beloved ballparks. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Zachary's New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children (Geraldine Molettiere Blomquist) - This story for adopted and foster children describes the adventures of Zachary the kitten, who is taken from his mother's house when his mot her is unable to take care of him. The book follows Zachary as he firs t goes into foster care and then is adopted by a family of geese. Zach ary experiences the expected and true-to-life feelings of shame, anger , rebelliousness, and hurt, and his adoptive parents struggle with the ir own feelings during Zachary's tougher times, until Zachary finally finds a place he can call home. The poignant story is brought to life by Margo Lemieux's detailed, evocative drawings. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Zachary's Zoo: Biblical Values (Mike & Amy Nappa) - Feeding the dog and letting out the cat might seem like boring household chores, but not for imaginative zookeeper Zachary. Zachary's Zoo inspires children to give thanks to God for allowing us to help take care of his creation. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Zachary

    Famous People Named Zachary

    Famous People Named Zachary - Zachary Taylor (U.S. President); Zachary Scott (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Zachary

    Children of Famous People Named Zachary

    Famous People who Named their Son Zachary - Robin Williams (actor); Cheryl Tiegs (model); Elton John (musician); John Denver (musician); Elizabeth Vargas (broadcast news journalist); Gregory Hines (entertainer)

  • Historic Figures

    Zachary - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Zachary Taylor (24 Nov 1784 - 9 Jul 1850) - Zachary Taylor was more popular as an American war hero and military leader (which spanned a 40-year career and four wars) than he was as the 12th U.S. President (which only lasted 16 months). He achieved fame leading American troops to victory in the Battle of Palo Alto and the Battle of Monterrey during the Mexican-American War. Known as "Old Rough and Ready," Taylor's war-hero status is what really got him elected. That, and his moderate stance on issues between the North and the South.

Personality of the Boy Name Zachary

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Zachary

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