[ 2 syll. za-ra, zar-a ] The baby girl name Zara is pronounced as ZAHRaa †. Zara is primarily used in the English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slavic, Arabic, Polish, and Hebrew languages, and its language of origin is Hebrew, African-Swahili, and Arabic. From Arabic roots, its meaning is blossoming flower; splendor; dawn - in this context, Zara can be used in the Arabic, English, Hebrew, and Polish languages. It is from the elements 'zahrah' meaning blossoming flower ; 'zahr' flower. The name is derived from the Arabic 'zahrah', but it has sometimes also been used as a form of Sarah. It was first introduced to English speakers via literature, used by William Congreve for the name of an African queen in his tragedy The Mourning Bride (1697). It appeared again shortly after, as the title of the play Zara (1735), Aaron Hill's translation of Volaire's tragedy Zaïre (1733). The first name was however rarely used till the mid-20th century. It was later chosen by Princess Anne and Mark Philips for their daughter Zara Philips (1981-); the departure from royalty naming convention generated much discussion then. Their choice of the name did not boost its popularity until Zara Philips became famous in her own right in recent times. The trendy Spanish clothing retailer Zara (1975-) could have also increased the adoption of the name.
Zara is an English, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish form of the English, French, German, Hebrew, and Scandinavian name Sarah.
Zara is also a contraction of the Slavic name Zaharina.
Zara is also an Arabic, English, and Polish form of the African, Arabic, Swahili, and Urdu name Zahra.
The name Zara is widely used; it has 33 forms that are used in English and other languages. Forms used in English include Xara, Zaira (used in Arabic, Italian, and Spanish as well), Zarea, Zareah, Zaree, Zareena, Zareh, Zareya, Zari, Zaria, Zariah, Zarie, Zarina, Zarinda, Zariya, Zarra, Zarrah, Zarreah, Zarree, Zarri, Zarrie, Zarry, Zarya, and Zayra. The variant spelling Zarah (used in German, and Arabic as well) is another English form.
Foreign forms of Zara include the Spanish Zahira, the Spanish Zahirita, the Arabic Zahra, the Arabic Zaray, the Arabic Zarria, and the Arabic Zary. Specific foreign forms include the contraction Zaire (African), and the variant spelling Zahrah (Arabic).
Zara is a fairly popular baby name for girls, and it is also viewed as trendy. The name has been increasing in popularity since the 2000s; prior to that, it was of infrequent use only. At the modest height of its usage in 2015, 0.042% of baby girls were given the name Zara. It ranked at #402 then. Within all girl names in its group, Zara was the 2nd most popular after Sarah in 2015. It was used 6 times more than Zara in that year.
† Pronunciation for Zara: Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"