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Gender Feminine
Usage Spanish

Meaning & History

Perhaps means "enchanting" or "dawn" in Arabic. This was the name of a minor 12th-century Spanish saint, a convert from Islam. The name was used by Cervantes for a character in his novel 'Don Quixote' (1606), in which Zoraida is a beautiful Moorish woman of Algiers who converts to Christianity and elopes with a Spanish officer.

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Depiction of Zoraida (from Don Quixote) by Thomas Stothard (late 18th century)Depiction of Zoraida (from Don Quixote) by Thomas Stothard (late 18th century)

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