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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Zachary

Zachary is a name of Hebrew origin and has a strong religious association. It is the English variation of Zacharia, derived from the Hebrew name Zechariah meaning “the Lord has remembered.” It is derived from the Hebrew word ‘zakar’ meaning “to remember,” and ‘yah’ meaning “one of the Gods of Israel.”

Zechariah is the most common masculine name in the Hebrew Bible and is a figure from the New Testament of the Bible representing the father of John the Baptist. For those who want to raise their babies in religious customs, Zachary is a go-to name. Zechariah or Zacharia, in its abbreviated form, has diverse variations and spellings.

Although in some English versions of the New Testament, the name Zacharias has been used, he is recognized as a saintly figure in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. The name offers the hope of a new Jerusalem to the Israelites through his dream vision and yearns for them to remain faithful.

Zechariah has also been recorded as a prophet in the Old Testament of the Bible, who composed the book of Zechariah and was murdered by the furious Jews as narrated by Jesus.

Zachary has been an appealing and popular name in the list of top 20 for several years. Zachary Hale Comstock is the primary antagonist of the video game BioShock Infinite. He is the founder and leader of the political party The Founders and the floating city of Columbia. Zachary “Zach” Dempsey is one of the main characters of the 2007 novel ‘13 Reasons Why’ by Jay Asher and the Netflix adaptation. From 1880 to 2018, Zachary appeared 536,838 times in the Social Security Administration database with the highest number of users in 1993.


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How To Pronounce Zachary?


Famous People With The Name Zachary

  • Zachary AbelAmerican actor
  • Zachary ArmstrongAmerican artist, owns Tilton gallery
  • Zachary Aston-ReeseAmerican ice hockey player
  • Zachary BreauxAmerican guitarist, popular for Jazz music
  • Zachary BraitermanAmerican philosopher, worked on Jewish history
  • Zachary TaylorAmerican military leader
  • Zachary LemniosAmerican scientist and engineer

Zachary On The Popularity Chart

Zachary is a common Biblical name that first appeared in 1900 and was given to six newborns. Check out the graph below to learn more about the name’s popularity.

Popularity Over Time

The name took a huge leap and was at its peak popularity from the late 90s to 2003 when it made it to the list of the top 20 names. However, it saw a steady decline from 2008 to 2016, being in the top 100, vividly represented in the graph below.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Zachary was a top-ranking boy’s name in 1976, with a global rank of 96. Here’s a graph explaining the ranking trend of the name Zachary from 1980 to the present.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Zachary

Are you looking for names that ring a bell like Zachary but with a different meaning? Your search ends with this name list.

Names With Similar Meaning As Zachary

If names with religious meanings fascinate you, you will find some other names with similar meanings from the list. Have a look.

Name Numerology For Zachary

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