Zara (given name)

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Zara is a feminine given name.

It is the English form of the name Zaïre, the central character of Voltaire's 1732 play Zaïre (The Tragedy of Zara).[1] Voltaire may have been influenced by the Arabic name Zahra.[2]

Its popularity may be influenced by the naming of Princess Anne's daughter Zara Phillips in 1981, and the Spanish fashion store Zara.[1]

Another derivation, unrelated to the above, is the Bulgarian name Zara (Зара) which is a diminutive of Zaharina or Zaharinka.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Zara (1)". Benind the Name. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Zaïre". Benind the Name. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Zara (2)". Benind the Name. Retrieved 1 February 2014.