Zara is simply an alternative spelling of Zahra/Zahrah. It’s Arabic in origin and this page should acknowledge that rather than describing it as English (modern). It didn’t come from nowhere.
― Anonymous User  1/30/2021
Ugh. I don't like it. Overwrought and harsh sounding. Reminds me of being stranded in the tundra far away from everything I love and hold dear... (Or at least, how I imagine it would feel). Thinking of this name, I can just feel the bitterly cold winds sweeping across my face. Don't mind me, just making my way to the ice fortress that is Zara. No.
noisynora  1/24/2021
Similar words with various transcriptions into English, e.g. zarya (Russian) and zahrah (Arabic), mean dawn. Considering the name is much older and more global than just a clothing store, this bright and positive meaning - a new day - could also be responsible for its current popularity.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2021
Different. Not a fan!
― Anonymous User  12/19/2020
Bizarre name. Sounds weird.
― Anonymous User  9/28/2020
Pretty and exotic.
someone-  7/6/2020
Bubbles293739  6/26/2020
Elegant and unique.
Luvbug86  5/22/2020
Super pretty!
saturnbrat  4/24/2020
Love this name. In 8th grade I had a crush named Xara with an X. I like the name Xara along with Zara.
Anders1234  4/19/2020
Such a beautiful name! One of my favorites.
― Anonymous User  4/12/2020
I love this name. It's unique, pretty, cultural... I just love it. But then Zara Dearborn came along, and my immense love for The Shadowhunters Chronicles puts me off from liking this name. I'm really conflicted on it now. But I feel like it could be a nice nickname for any of the Sara names (though Zara is pronounced with a short a, not like Sarah), like Sarina.
MayaHelen  12/24/2019
Absolutely stunning! It also makes me think of the Zara clothes line.
wh0sbad  10/2/2019
It's lovely but I prefer Zahra.
kayisforkeen  9/16/2018
I am Jewish and my parents always told me the name meant "to shine brightly" in Hebrew. Then I studied Hebrew. It's a language with sets of three root letters that are made into related verbs, adjectives, and nouns by adding letters around the root letters. To complicate matters, there are several forms of H (Hei, Chet, Chaf) and several silent gutterals that, when added in between or at the end of Zayin Resh, change the meaning of the root.

I haven't been able to find reliable information about the Hebrew root, yet, but here's what Google Translate gives me:

Zayin-Resh translates to stranger, foreigner, outsider. To make it feminine, one adds a Hei to the masculine form of the word, pronouncing it "Za-RAH."
Zayin-Hei-Resh-Hei (which, when vowels are added, is pronounced "Zi-ha-ra" and where we get names like Zahara and Sahara) translates to brightness or radiance.
Zayin-Vav(vowel O)-Hei-Resh translates to radiant, incandescent, lustrous.

So as best as I can tell, this name from the bastardized Hebrew is intended to mean brightness. I have also found words in my search connected to dawn and blooming.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2018
Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall MBE is a British equestrian and the second child and only daughter of Anne, Princess Royal, and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. She is the second-eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Tindall is married to former England rugby union player Mike Tindall.
lilolaf  5/9/2017
Zara Maria Larsson is a Swedish singer and songwriter. She first gained national fame for winning the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the Swedish version of Got Talent, at the age of 10. Larsson signed with the record label TEN Music Group in 2012 and released her debut EP album, Introducing, in January 2013. The single "Uncover" topped the charts in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. By February 2013, "Uncover" was certified platinum by Universal Music Sweden. In July 2013, Introducing was certified triple platinum in the country. Larsson also signed a three-year contract with Epic Records in the United States in April 2013. She performed at the opening and closing ceremonies in France for UEFA Euro 2016.
cutenose  2/1/2017
This is one of my favorite Z names, along with Ziva. I think it is beautiful. It is modern yet old fashioned. It's a pretty name for a little girl, yet sounds great on a grown woman.
ERK  10/20/2016
Zara is a beautiful name and people with this name have a charming personality.
Passion of people with this name is "To live their dreams and turn fantasies into realities".
― Anonymous User  9/12/2016
My husband saw the name Zara as a child and new he wanted to name his little girl that...42 years later he got that chance. Zara is now one. I did some research and it means Princess in Hebrew and I plan on getting a tattoo of her name in Hebrew spelling. It's quite beautiful. My daughter's middle name is Elizabeth. I named her after an ancestor - Queen Elizabeth the first's cousin, several times removed of course :)
Zarasmommy  5/29/2016
I don't like this name. There's something about the sound of it that makes it sound stupid, weird and ugly.
― Anonymous User  1/14/2016
Zara Maria Larsson (Born: December 16, 1997) is a Swedish singer.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2014
I think the name Zara is a stunning, elegant, beautiful, sophisticated name and I love how it's Arabic! It definitely has a lot to offer! 。◕‿◕。.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2014
A beautiful, delectable name - almost irresistible. I have just heard of a newborn Jewish baby with this name. I assumed that her Hebrew name would be Sarah but in fact it's Zahava.
I also know a sibset called Leora, Zara and Adina.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2014
This was my great-great grandmother's name, but she went by Sarah after she and my great-great grandfather emigrated from Germany to the United States.
vitaminanime  9/22/2014
This really should be credited as an Arabic name. ¬_¬ It's written as زارہ.
― Anonymous User  8/30/2014
Wikipedia, on the naming of Zara, the Spanish clothing retailer:
Amancio Ortega opened the first Zara store in 1974 in a central street in downtown A Coruña, Galicia, Spain. Ortega named his store Zorba after watching the classic film Zorba the Greek, but apparently there was a bar that was called the same, Zorba, two blocks away, and the owner of the bar came and said, "this is going to confuse things to have two Zorbas." They had already made the molds for the letters in the sign, so they just rearranged them to see what they could find, and they found Zara.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2013
In British English it's pronounced ZAR-ə.
― Anonymous User  7/9/2012
This name is more popular in Australia than anywhere else in the world - it's in the top 25 names for girls.

There have been a number of famous Australians called Zara over the years, which may help explain it.

Zara Hore-Ruthven, Countess of Gowrie (1879-1965), who was wife of the Governor of South Australia.

Dame Zara Kate Holt (1909-1989), wife of Prime Minister Harold Holt.

Why the name continues to climb is something of a mystery, however. It's hard to believe it's because of the clothing brand when it is not available in Australia yet (will be later in 2011).
keepitreal  1/23/2011
Zara is also used in Croatia.
Sofia  11/6/2010
Name of the heroine in Carrie Jone's book Need.
Rm4187  4/16/2010
I know it's a clothing label popular in Europe. I guess it's a cool name.
Aureliano  3/4/2010
I've liked this name since I was a child - to me it seems very pretty, cool and exotic-sounding, without being difficult to spell or pronounce. Like Sara, but with a more modern twist. I don't associate Zara with the clothing brand, because I knew people called it long before I'd heard of the brand. However, unfortunately Zara is a bit too overused for my tastes. I know many Zaras, and that would put me off using the name myself. But Ciara and Sara are way more common than it and I still would use them. It's just there are some names I mind being popular and others I love regardless.
― Anonymous User  2/18/2010
To me this is a bit of a "guilty pleasure" name - it seems slightly too spectacular and exotic for everyday life. However it's currently a Top 40 name in Australia, so obviously other people don't feel the same way.
SandSea  2/5/2010
Be careful, Zara is rising in popularity.
Alora  1/2/2010
Zara is also Czech and Slovak form of Zahrah.
MaggieSimpson  5/1/2009
In Hebrew Zara means fruitful. It is a form of the name Zarah. Zarah was a twin of Perez born to Tamar and Judah.
SHIRINZMC  9/21/2008
ZARA means "fruitful" in Aramaic. It is a form of ZARAH born to TAMAR and JUDAH. Refer to: (Genesis 38:24-30). It also means "rising light".
SHIRINZMC  9/21/2008
Pronounced "zah-rah".
MaggieSimpson  6/2/2008
Zara is a beautiful name. It makes me think of a girl who is short in stature, but full of spice, and witty comebacks. A girl who has a short temper and is very athletic.
Zara seems to be really close to Zora which is really close to Zorro. So whenever I think Zara I also think black curly hair.
Akito  3/19/2008
I like this name, pretty and unusual. I only like the ZAH-rah pronunciation of it though. Za-rah sounds too much like Sarah, which I hate.
jasmineenimsaj  2/12/2008
Because of the clothing store, unfortunately in my mind this feels like naming a child "Gap" or "Old Navy".
lady murasaki  10/2/2007
This is also a girls name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/3/2007
"Zara" is also used in Bulgaria. [noted -ed]
iva_toneva  5/1/2007
The Princess Royal's daughter is Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips, named for her mother, both her grandmothers and her great-grandmother. The name 'Zara' was chosen by her uncle, the Prince of Wales; it's a Greek name meaning 'bright as the dawn'.

Zara is also the name of Greta Garbo's character in the 1932 movie, 'As You Desire Me'.
MariaNikolaievnaRoma  12/25/2006
I have seen this name with an *h* on the end, but only once and I have never seen it this way.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2006
Zara is the name of the heroine of Gilbert and Sullivan's penultimate opera Utopia Limited.
Kosta  5/25/2006
Zara is a beautiful name! It's elegant, unique and has an element of mystery about it. I named my darling daughter Zara as she was born in the morning. I felt like she was my "radiant dawn" (and she still is!). Whenever I tell people her name, they all comment on how regal it sounds.

"Zara" the name has been around much longer than the actual high-chain store! So it does seem a bit funny that some people only recognize it in conjuction with the retail shop!
― Anonymous User  1/26/2006
My name is Zara, I think it's a great name because I don't know anyone else with this name. So if somebody calls me 10 people don't look up to see if they are being spoken to. Also it suits me, it's individual, it gives an impression of a mystic or clairvoyant. I read that it originates from Hebrew meaning 'as bright as the dawn', also read somewhere else it means 'flower' in Arabic. I met a Turkish guy once who asked me if I have Turkish family, because it's popular there. I like the fact that its very uncommon and want it to stay that way!
MRS JUROON  11/2/2005
My name is Zara and I once had a friend who told me that the name in India means flower and also means princess in Hebrew.
zulucrazy  9/3/2005
No Zara is not Indian. It is simply an Arabic name. It is however a beautiful name.
Koolgal  7/5/2008
It's a great alternative to the plain jane Sarah.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2005
Queen Elizabeth's daughter Princess Ann named her daughter Zara.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2005
I once had a friend who was named this. She insisted on being called 'Sarah', though.
echo_of_the_past  6/21/2005
Zara is a gorgeous name. (It is also the name of a clothing store, but that wouldn't put me off the name at all.)
Mommy2B  5/4/2005

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