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What does Zara mean?

Zara Pronunciation of 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. Also form of Sarah.


ASSOCIATED WITH arabic, literary, princess, britain (england)


VARIANTS Zaira, Zarah, Zaria, Zariah, Zarina, Zarinda, Zarria, Zary, Zayeera, Zayra




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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)

Zara entered the list in 1994 and reached its highest rank of #253 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Zara (#253 VIA LATEST LIST) are Sarah (#67), Zahara (#1466), Zahra (#589), Zaira (#1665), Zarah (#1785), Zaria (#753) and Zariah (#437). These relations of Zara reached the peak of their popularity 3 decades ago (MEDIAN #1690) and are now much less widespread (#876, 69%). Sarah is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Zaria 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 Zarah, 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 sound-alike 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.

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