What does Zara mean?
Zara \z(a)-ra\ as a girls' name is pronounced ZR-ah. It is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Zara is "radiance". See also Zahara. Literary name often used for exotic characters. Princess Anne of Britain named her daughter Zara.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Sarah.
Zara has 1 more related variation via Zahara: Zahra.
Zara is an uncommon first name for females but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#31621 out of 150436, Top 21%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Zara for girls. Zara entered the list in 2005 and reached its highest rank of #422 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Prominent related forms of Zara (#422 a year ago) are Sarah (#50 a year ago), Zahra (#916), Zaria (#860) and Zariah (#535). These girl names reached the peak of their popularity in 2013 (usage of 0.4468%) and have remained as popular to this day (usage 0.4434%, down 0.8%), but with the version Zaria becoming less trendy. Zara (#422) and Zariah (#535) are two of the more fashionable baby names in this list. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Zara and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Zara is pronounced similarly to Ceara, Cera, Ciara▼, Cira, Cyra, Sahra, Saira, Sara, Sarai, Sarha, Sari, Saria, Sarra, Seara, Sera, Siara, Zahrah, Zarya, Zohra, Zora▼, Zorah and Zorya. Other recommended similar baby names are Bara, Cara▼, Dara▼, Fara, Iara, Kara, Lara▼, Mara, Tara▼, Yara, Zada▼, Zahira, Zana and Zohara. These names tend to be more commonly used than Zara.