Origin: English, Bulgarian, Arabic
Зара (Bulgarian) Zara
زهرة (Arabic) Zahrah- blooming flower
زهراء (Arabic) Zahrah’- bright, shining, radiant
زهرا (Arabic)- Zahra- bright, shining, radiant
Meaning: English form of Zaïre, a name used by Voltaire for a play. He may have based it on Arabic Zahrah ( زهرة) meaning “blooming flower” or Zahrah’ (زهراء) meaning “bright, shining, radiant”.
Zara could also be a variant spelling of Sara meaning “princess”.
Zara is also a diminutive form of Zaharina, a Bulgarian and Macedonian feminine form of Zechariah meaning “Yahweh remembers”.
Variants: Zarah; Zahra, Zahrah (Arabic); Zaïre (French); Zaira (Italian); Zehra (Turkish)