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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 beautiful, bright, shining and brilliant.
- Arabic: زهرة, pronounced Zahrah, meaning flower, blossom, or beauty.
- Persian: زهرا, pronounced Zahra, is a further spelling variant, meaning sparklingly bright and beautiful.
The Ottoman empire have expanded the use of this name to countries like Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia and also name was popularized by the Persian empire influence in 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, Zahra(h), Zara, andZohre
The names may apply to the following.
Female given name
- Sahra Hausmann (born 1973), Norwegian team handball player
- Sahra Wagenknecht (born 1969), German politician (with Iranian father)
- Zahra Abdulla (born 1966), Somali-Finnish politician
- Zahra Aga Khan (born 1970), Swiss-born princess
- Zahra Ahmadi (born 1981), British actress
- Zahra Amir Ebrahimi (born 1981), Iranian television actress
- Zahra Bahrami (ca. 1965–2011), Dutch/Iranian executed for drug trafficking
- Zahra Bani (born 1979), Somali-Italian javelin thrower
- Zahra Bani Yaghoub (1980-2007), Iranian doctor who died in prison
- Zohra Bensalem (born 1990), Algerian volleyball player
- Zahra Dowlatabadi (born 1962), Iranian filmmaker
- Zahra Eshraghi (born ca. 1964), Iranian feminist and human rights activist
- Zahra Freeth (born ca. 1930), British writer on Middle Eastern subjects
- Zahra Jishi, Lebanese-American translator of Arabic literature
- Zahra Kamalfar, Iranian refugee to Canada
- Zahra Kazemi (1949–2003), Iranian-Canadian freelance photographer
- Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh (1883-1936), Persian princess
- Zahra Lari, Emirati figure skater
- Zahra Mansouri, Moroccan poet
- Zahra Mostafavi Khomeini (born ca. 1940), Iranian politician, daughter of Ayatollah Khomeini
- Zahra Rahmat Allah (born 1954), Yemeni short story writer
- Zahra Rahnavard (born 1945), Iranian artist and politician
- Zahra Ouaziz (born 1969), Moroccan long-distance runner
- Zahra Redwood, Jamaican beauty queen
- Zahra Schreiber, a former pro wrestler in WWE NXT who was fired after posting Nazi images.
- Zahra Shojaei, Iranian politician
- Zahra Universe, American pop musician and actress
- Belkıs Zehra Kaya (born 1984), Turkish judoka
- Zehra Bilir (1913-2007), Turkish folk singer
- Zehra Çırak (born 1960), Turkish-German writer
- Zehra Deović (born 1938), Bosnian sevdalinka singer
- Zehra Nigah, Pakistani Urdu poet
- Zehra Öktem (born 1959), Turkish archer
- Zehra Sheerazi (born 1983), Pakistan-born Canadian beauty queen.
- Zehra Topel (born 1987), Turkish Woman International Master of chess
- Zohra Ayachi (born 1988), French footballer
- Zohra Begum Kazi (1912-2007), Bangladeshi physician
- Zohra Daoud (born 1954), Afghan actress and model
- Zohra Drif (born 1934), lawyer and member of the Algerian senate
- Zohra Lampert (born 1937), American character actress
- Zohra Sehgal (born 1912), Indian actress
- Zohra Sarwari, Afghan-American author
- Zohre Esmaeli (born 1985), Afghan model, designer and author
- Zuhra Ramdan Agha Al-Awji (active 1920s), Turkish-Libyan educator
Part of the female given name Fatimah Zahra
Fatimah was the daughter of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, and is greatly revered by Muslims, often under the extended name Fatimah az-Zahra' , الزهراء فاطمة, or Fatimah Zahra' , فاطمة زهراء. This has then been used as a female given name as follows.
- Fatima Al Zahraa Haider (born ca. 1910), Egyptian princess
- Lalla Fatima Zohra (born 1929), Moroccan princess
- Fatima-Zohra Imalayen, known as Assia Djebar (born 1936), Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker
- Fatima Zohra Karadja (born 1949), Algerian, Vice-President for the African Union's Economic, Social and Cultural Council for Northern Africa
- Fatma-Zohra Oukazi (born 1984), Algerian volleyball player
- Fatima Zohra Cherif (born 1986), Algerian volleyball player
- Fatima Zahra Djouad (born 1988), Algerian volleyball player
Male given name
- Zuhrah ibn Kilab, great-great-grandfather of Muhammad
- Adrian Zahra (born 1990), Australian footballer (of Maltese descent)
- Antoine Zahra (disambiguation), several people
- Brian K. Zahra (born ca. 1960), American judge
- Christian Zahra (born 1973), Maltese-Australian politician
- Hindi Zahra (born 1979), Moroccan pop singer
- Julie Zahra (born 1982), Maltese singer
- Muhammad Abu Zahra (1898–1974), Egyptian scholar of Islamic law and author
- Scott Zahra, Australian rugby league player
- Abdul Zahra, Arabic male name
- Sarah (given name), female given name
- Zara, female given name
- Zerah, male given name occurring in the Hebrew Bible
- Zuhra (الزُهرة) ar:الزهرة, the Arabic word for Venus
- Salahuddin Ahmed (1999). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. London: Hurst & Company.
- S. A. Rahman (2001). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. New Delhi: Goodword Books.