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What does Zachary mean?

Zachary Pronunciation of Zachary [zachary] as a boys' name is pronounced ZAK-a-ree. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Zachary is "the Lord recalled". Variant of Zachariah; Zachary is one of several names from the Old Testament that have revived into favor in modern times. See also Jacob, Jason, Jared, Jeremy, and Joshua. President Zachary Taylor.

Associated with: old, testament (biblical), modern.


Zachary has 13 variants: Zaccary, Zaccery, Zach, Zacharie, Zachery, Zack, Zackarey, Zackary, Zackery, Zackery, Zak, Zakari and Zakary.

Affiliated boy name: Zeke.

Zachary has 8 more related forms via Jacob, Jared, Jason, Jeremy, Joshua, Zachariah: Zacaria, Zacary, Zaccaria, Zachaios, Zacharia, Zacharias, Zacheus and Zakery.

Creative forms:
(male) Zachane, Zechary, ..

(female) Zachara, Zacharya, ..

Middle name pairings:
Zachary Syncere (Z.S.), ..

How popular is Zachary?

Zachary is a very popular first name for men (#181 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#5008 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Zachary for boys. Zachary was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its apex position of #12 in the U.S. in the year 1994, and is at #88 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a graphed analysis of the ranking of Zachary and corresponding names. Prominent alternative forms of Zachary (#88 a year ago) rated in the Top 2000 are Jacob (#4 a year ago), Jared (#340), Jason (#86), Jeremy (#174), Joshua (#33), Zacary, Zach, Zacharia, Zachariah (#422), Zacharias (#1966), Zacharie, Zachery (#1639), Zack (#1217), Zackary (#750), Zackery (#1404), Zak, Zakary (#1915), Zakery and Zeke (#704). Other variants, like Zaccaria, are seldom used. These relations of Zachary reached the top of their popularity 4 decades ago (median #1018) and have become significantly less popular since (#1137, 65.6%), with versions such as Zachary becoming less trendy. Zachariah and Zeke are two of the more fashionable names for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zachary, Jacob, Jared, Jason, Jeremy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joshua, Zacary, Zach, Zacharia, Zachariah in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zacharias, Zacharie, Zachery, Zack, Zackary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zackery, Zakary, Zakery, Zeke in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Zachary, Jacob, Jared, Jason, Jeremy outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Joshua, Zach, Zak outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Machenry, Makary, Sachar, Zafar, Zahavi, Zahir, Zahur and Zaphar. These names tend to be less commonly used than Zachary.

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