Nazar (given name)
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|Related names||Nazaire, Nazario, Nazarius, Nazariy, Nazaret, Nazret|
Nazar is a masculine name with multiple origins.
As used by Christians, it means "from Nazareth," the town where Jesus Christ was said to have lived. The etymology of Nazareth from as early as Eusebius up until the 20th century has been said to derive from the Hebrew word נצר netser, meaning a "shoot" or "sprout", while the apocryphal Gospel of Phillip derives the name from Nazara meaning "truth".
Nazario is an Italian and Spanish version of the name, Nazaire is a French version and Nazariy is a Ukrainian and Russian form. Other variants in use include Nasareo, Nasarrio, Nazaret, Nazarie, Nazaro, Nazarene, Nazerine and Nazor. Nazret, the Amharic word for Nazareth, is also occasionally used as a female name in Ethiopia and Eritrea, while Nazaret is also occasionally used as a name for girls in Spanish-speaking areas. According to the web site behindthename.com, all are derived from the name Nazarius, which was in use in late Roman times and was also the name of some early Christian saints and martyrs. In 2008, Nazar was the most popular name for boys born in Ukraine.
Nazar is a common rendering into the Latin alphabet of Nadhr (Arabic: نذر), meaning "vow", which is in use as a name in Arabic and Urdu-speaking areas and in some Islamic countries, mainly in the eastern part of the Islamic world; it is a shortening of Nadhr al-Islam.
Nazar, or evil eye stone, is an amulet of stone or glass which is believed to protect against evil eye, widely used in Greece, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and other Turkic speaking nations and Afghanistan, therefore this name implies that the male named Nazar should be wise and handsome.
- Nazarius (rhetorician) (4th century AD), Latin rhetorician and panegyrist
- Saint Nazarius (Roman Martyrology), saint of the Roman Catholic Church, mentioned in the Martyrology of Bede and earlier editions of the Roman Martyrology
- Saint Nazarius (Abbot), fourteenth abbot of the monastery of Lérins
- Saints Nazarius and Celsus, two martyrs of whom nothing is known except the discovery of their bodies by Saint Ambrose
- Nazar Al Baharna (born 1950), Bahraini academic, entrepreneur and politician
- Nazar Baýramow (born 1982), Turkmenistani footballer
- Nazar Mahmud (born 1988), Israeli-Druze figure skater
- Nazar Mohammad (1921–1996), Pakistani cricketer
- Nazaret Daghavarian (1862-1915), born Chaderjian, Armenian doctor, agronomist and public activist, and one of the founders of the Armenian General Benevolent Union
- Nazario Escoto, acting President of "Democratic" Nicaragua after the death of Francisco Castellón during Granada-León civil war
- Nazario Sauro (1880–1916), Austrian-born Italian irredentist and sailor
- Nazario Toledo (1807-1887), Costa Rican politician
- John Paul Nazarius, Dominican theologian
- Nazariy Yaremchuk (1951–1995), Hutsul Ukrainian singer
- Nazar Ibn Ma'ad (ancestor of Mudhar tribes)
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