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Scriptsזְכַרְיָה Ancient Hebrew
PronouncedPron.zek-ə-RIE-ə English

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name זְכַרְיָה (Zekharyah) meaning "YAHWEH remembers", from זָכַר (zakhar) meaning "to remember" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of many characters in the Old Testament, including the prophet Zechariah, the author of the Book of Zechariah. The name also appears in the New Testament belonging to the father of John the Baptist, who was temporarily made dumb because of his disbelief. He is regarded as a saint by Christians. In some versions of the New Testament his name is spelled in the Greek form Zacharias or the English form Zachary. As an English given name, Zechariah has been in occasional use since the Protestant Reformation.
VariantsZachariah, Zacharias Biblical
Other Languages & CulturesZakaria, Zakariya, Zakariyya Arabic Zacharias Biblical Greek Zekharyah Biblical Hebrew Zaccharias Biblical Latin Zahari Bulgarian Sakari, Sakke, Saku Finnish Zacharie French Zakaria Georgian Zacharias Greek Zachariasz Polish Zakhar Russian Sachairi Scottish Zacarías Spanish Zekeriya Turkish


The Archangel Gabriel Appears to Zechariah, a painting from the 15th centuryThe Archangel Gabriel Appears to Zechariah, a painting from the 15th century


biblical, books of the Bible, minor prophets of the Old Testament
Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute