Gender: Feminine
Origin: Arabic  زهراء ‎, زهرة ‎,
Meaning: “bright; shining; brilliant” or “flower blossom.”

The name could either be from the Arabic  زهراء (bright; shining; brilliant). This was used as an epithet for the prophet Mohammed’s daughter, Fatima.

Another possible derivative is that it is from the Arabic زهرة (flower blossom).

Currently, Zahra is the most popular female name in Azerbaijan (2010). Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 2 (Iran, 2007)
  • # 2 (Zara, Malaysia, 2011)
  • # 7 (Zehra, Turkey, 2010)
  • # 74 (Zara, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010)
  • # 374 (France, 2009)
  • # 456 (Netherlands, 2010)

Other forms include:

  • Zahrah (Arabic)
  • Zara (Afghan/Albanian/Baloch/Bashkir/Bosnian/Chechen/Chuvash/Kazakh/Kyrgyz/Persian/Tatar/Tajik/Turkmen/Uzbek)
  • Zohra (Egyptian/Indian/Pakistani)
  • Zehra (Kurdish/Turkish)


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Arabic
Meaning: “bright; radiant.”
(zah-RAH) زهراء

The name comes from the Arabic meaning, “bright; radiant.”

In Islam, Zahra is sometimes used as an honorific title for Fatima, the daughter of the prophet Mohammed.

It is currently the 2nd most popular female name in Iran, (2007).