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What does Zara mean?

Zara /zara/ 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.

Associated with: arabic, literary, princess, britain (england)


Zara has 10 variants: Zaira, Zarah, Zaria, Zariah, Zarina, Zarinda, Zarria, Zary, Zayeera and Zayra.

Related girl name: Sarah.

Zara has 1 more relation via Zahara: Zahra.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Zaka, Zura, ..

(male) Zaravi, Zavi, ..

How popular is Zara?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Zara for girls. Zara entered the list in 1994 and reached its highest rank of #422 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zara name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Zara outside U.S.

Prominent related forms of Zara (#422 via latest list) are Sarah (#50 via latest list), Zahara (#1608), Zahra (#916), Zaira (#1733), Zaria (#860) and Zariah (#535). These relations of Zara reached the peak of their popularity 3 decades ago (median #1715) and are now much less widespread (#874, 77%). Sarah is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Zariah has gained in popularity, while Sarah is no longer trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zara, Sarah, Zahara, Zahra, Zaira in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zaria, Zariah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Zara, Sarah, Zahra outside U.S.

Similar Names


Zara is pronounced similarly to Ceara, Cearaa, Cearra, Cerea, Ceria, Ciarra, Ciri, Cyra, Cyrah, Sahra, Saira, Sara, Sarha, Sarhah, Sariah, Sarie, Sarra, Searra, Serah, Siara, Siera, Siria, Zahrah, Zohra and Zorah. Other recommended names are Adra, Aura, Bara, Barra, Bora, Caera, Cara, Chara, Daira, Dara, Edra, Fara, Hajra, Iara, Idra, Jadra, Kara, Kera, Kiara, Kira, Lara, Larra, Lira, Lora, Lura, Mara, Maura, Mira, Nera, Ora, Rora, Sabra, Tara, Taura, Teara, Uira, Yara, Zada, Zahira, Zana, Zanda, Zarita, Zayna, Zena, Zia, Zinara, Ziva, Zohara, Zoia and Zyna. These names tend to be more commonly used than Zara.