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Quick Facts on Zara

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Arabic, English, Slavic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 482
Simple meaning:
Blooming flower

Characteristics of Zara

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Zara

In some ways Zara could be considered a literary invention. In 1732 the highly-esteemed French philosopher Voltaire wrote a play called “Zaïre” which was a huge success on the stages of Paris (see literary references below). Quickly adapted into English, the play was renamed “Zara: A Tragedy” and saw equal success in London. It is widely believed that Voltaire’s tragic heroine’s name (Zaïre) was inspired by an Arabic name “Zahrah” (زهرة ) meaning “blooming flower”. The play takes place in 13th century Jerusalem during the Crusades when the Christian Zaïre is taken as a slave by the Muslims and soon falls in love with the Sultan. Her tragic end served to illuminate the disastrous results of religious suspicion and intolerance (Voltaire, who wrote during the Enlightenment, championed civil liberties, including freedom of religion). Aside from Zara’s Arabic origins, the name is also considered a diminutive of Zaharina, which is the Bulgarian and Macedonian female equivalent to the Biblical male name Zechariah (from the Hebrew meaning “Yahweh remembers”). It is for this reason you’ll find Zara a common name within some Slavic nations (especially Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina). Helping to popularize the name in Great Britain more recently was Princess Anne (daughter of Queen Elizabeth II) who named her only daughter Zara in 1981, sparking some attention given the name’s exotic nature. Not exactly typical of the standard English royal names, is it? Zara is a very popular name today throughout the English speaking world (except for the U.S. and Canada). Most common in Australia, Zara’s successful usage is also enjoyed in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England/Wales and Ireland.

Popularity of the Name Zara

Zara is one of those examples where the U.S. is apparently behind the eight ball. The name sees so much success in most other English-speaking nations, but in America? Not so much. Apparently American parents got their first memo re: Zara in 2005 which was the first year this little four-letter darling appeared on the female naming charts. At least we can report the good news. Zara appears to be increasing in usage year over year, but she does have a fair bit of competition coming from some other related names: Zaria, Zariah and Zariyah. Compared to these others, Zara is the most accessible, the least fanciful and downright pretty in her simplicity. Princess Anne of England gave the name some royal cachet while Australians add a flavor of street-cred. When will more American parents pick this “blooming flower”?
Popularity of the Girl Name Zara
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Zara

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Zara

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Zara

    Zaïre (Zaïre) Zaïre is the heroine and title character of Voltaire’s 1732 play in verse, The Tragedy of Zaïre. Zaïre is a beautiful young Christian woman who as a baby had been kidnapped by Muslims during an attack on Cesarea, and raised in the court of the Sultan of Jerusalem. Many years later, the Sultan has agreed to allow Zaire’s brother, to return to France to raise money to free the remaining Christians in slavery. Zaïre and the Sultan have fallen in love and plan to marry; she has no interest in being freed herself, but assists in bringing one of the older Christians, Lusignan, to the camp where they will be deployed. He recognizes her from a piece of jewelry as his own long lost daughter, and with his son, begs her to be baptized secretly before marrying the Muslim. The Sultan, having been asked to postpone his wedding, suspects the worst and murders Zaïre, believing her to be having a love affair with the man he does not know is her brother. When he finds out the truth, he kills himself in agony. Throughout all of this, Zaïre is truly and completely an innocent, the tragic victim of the fears, misconceptions and violence of men – from those who abducted her, to her father and brother for enforcing a religious code of honor upon her, to her betrothed, who mistrusts her so much that he blindly murders her without benefit of her testimony.

  • Popular Songs on Zara

    Popular Songs on Zara

    Zara - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Zara.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Zara

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Zara

    The Chariot of Queen Zara (Tony Abbott) - With nearly 2 million books in print, this Little Apple series is H-O-T, hot. The SECRET is out -- DROON is the series that kids, parents, and teachers are talking about! Galen is back, and the kids are going to need his help. But first, they have to find him! Eric and his friends soon learn that the old wizard is trapped in the city of Parthnoop, on the dark side of the moon, and only Queen Zara's flying chariot will take them there. But with genies, urn-riders, and secrets around every turn, can they reach Galen in time? Or will they be trapped in Parthnoop, too? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Zal and Zara and the Champions' Race (Kit Downes) - Zal and Zara are back for another fast-paced magical adventure. After winning the Great Annual Carpet Race, the indomitable Zal Thesa and Zara Aura are back to race again. But as they prepare for the ultimate flying race, they discover a plot to sabotage the competition. As their old foes in the Shadow Society seek revenge, Zal and Zara must work together in order to overcome a series of magical obstacles if they want to save the race - and win it. It is the second adventure for the twelve-year old Zal and Zara, who first featured in "Zal and Zara and the Great Race of Azamed". Set i the mythical Arabian city of Azamed, this funny and fast paced story will capture the reader's imagination. Good struggles to overcome evil in this story, which also explores the timeless themes of friendship and loyalty. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Zara (Mary Hooper) - Zara and Ella were both two weeks late for the start of the school year. Ever since then they've been best friends. They're always fooling around finding out the star signs of boys they fancy, reading out their horoscopes and playing games to discover the initial of the boy they're going to marry - just things to pass the time and take their minds off exams and tests. Ella's never really taken it all very seriously, but then Zara starts to act a bit differently - dressing like a Goth and experimenting with her new-found spiritual side and psychic powers in order to get them noticed by the popular crowd in their class and earn them both a bit of kudos. But little does Ella know how far Zara is really prepared to go - even betraying their friendship - to get the attention she clearly seeks. Mary Hooper writes with haunting accuracy about the manipulative mind games and power struggles that go on within groups of friends at school. Zara is a brilliantly observed account of school life for teenage girls as well as being a book that one simply burns through - pacey, juicy and lively writing about issues that horrify and fascinate and resonate all at once. Recommended for ages 13+

    Zara and the Fairy Godbrother (Margaret Ryan) - When Zara wishes for a new dress for the school party she doesn't expect to see a fairy godbrother land in her room, especially when he tries to "text-a-spell" with unpredictable results! Will Zara ever get her dream dress? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Zara the Starlight Fairy: A Rainbow Magic Book (Daisy Meadows) - The Night Fairies' magic is missing --- and now Fairyland is in the dark! Rachel and Kirsty can't wait for their week at Camp Stargaze! They'll get to roast marshmallows, tell spooky stories, and sleep in cool cabins. But when the Night Fairies' magic goes missing, Rachel and Kirsty have another activity to add to their list --- helping their fairy friends! Without Zara the Starlight Fairy's magic, the stars are dimming. The night sky could be ruined forever. Rachel and Kirsty know that Camp Stargaze won't be the same without any stars in the sky… Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Zara Zebra Gets Dressed (Anna-Laura Cantone) - Meet Zara Zebra, the irresistibly appealing heroine of four early concept books. In her quirky, entertaining way, Zara introduces children to colors in Zara Zebra Gets Dressed. Other titles in the four-part series are: Zara Zebra's Busy Day, Zara Zebra Draws and Zara Zebra Counts. Recommended for ages 2-5.

  • Famous People Named Zara

    Famous People Named Zara

    Famous People Named Zara - Zara (Russian pop-singer); Zara Bate (fashion designer/wife of former Australian PM); Zara Cully (African-American actress); Zara Salim Davidson (Malaysian royalty); Zara Davis (English windsurfer); Zara Eileen Hore-Ruthven, Countess of Gowrie (wife of Governor-General of Australia 1936-44); Zara Larsson (Swedish singer); Zara Phillips (English royalty, daughter of Princess Anne); Zara Turner (British actress); Zara Wright (African-American author)

  • Children of Famous People Named Zara

    Children of Famous People Named Zara

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Zara - Danielle Steel (American author); Princess Anne (Princess of England, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II)

  • Historic Figures

    Zara - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Zara - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Zara.

Personality of the Girl Name Zara

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 - Zara

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