Zahra (name)

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Zahra
Gender female
Origin
Word/name Arabic
Meaning flower, bright

The female given name Zahra is a common name which corresponds to three different, though related, meaning depending on the country it is being called.

  • Arabic: زهراء ‎, pronounced Zahra', meaning bright, shining, brilliant and
  • Arabic: زهرة ‎, pronounced Zahrah, meaning flower, blossom, or beauty.[1][2]
  • Persian: زهرا ‎, pronounced Zahra, is a further spelling variant, meaning sparklingly bright.

The Ottoman and Persian empires have expanded the use of these names to Slavic countries and the Indian subcontinent, respectively. Zahra is also used as a surname, particularly in Malta.

The names are difficult to distinguish in transliteration, and may be transliterated in various ways, such as Zehra and Zohra(h)

The names may apply to the following.

Female given name[edit]

Sahra[edit]

Zahra[edit]

Zehra[edit]

Zohra[edit]

Zuhra[edit]

Part of the female given name Fatimah Zahra[edit]

Arabic calligraphy reading Fatimah az-Zahra.

Fatimah was the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, and is greatly revered by Muslims, often under the extended name Fatimah az-Zahra' , Arabic: الزهراء فاطمة ‎ or Fatimah Zahra' , Arabic: فاطمة زهراء ‎. This has then been used as a female given name as follows.

Male given name[edit]

Surname[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salahuddin Ahmed (1999). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. London: Hurst & Company. 
  2. ^ S. A. Rahman (2001). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. New Delhi: Goodword Books.