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Origin: Iran, Islamic Republic of
Region Origin: Southern Asia

Zahra (Arabic: زهراء) is a female given name of Arabic origin, meaning 'beautiful, bright, shining, and brilliant'. The name became popularized due to its association with Fatimah al-Zahra, the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, who is revered as a paragon of compassion and generosity. The name Zahra is an abbreviated form of Zahara and is also a different way to spell Zara. It is used as both a given name and a surname, particularly in Malta. The name Zahra has specific symbolism and meaning in various cultures, including Persian, where the spelling variant Zara translates to 'flower'. The name is derived from the Arabic word 'Zahara,' which means 'to shine'. It is also the feminine form of the Arabic name Azhar, which means 'beautiful,' 'bright,' 'shining,' or 'brilliant'. While Zahra means 'bright,' the name Zara, which may be derived from the same root, means 'radiance' or 'flower'.

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