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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Zahir

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  • A submission from Virginia, United States says the name Zahir means "Cool" and is of English origin.
  • A user from New York, United States says the name Zahir means "Light that shines through the darkness".
  • A user from California, United States says the name Zahir is of Arabic origin and means "Light in a place of darkness, hope, and companionship".
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From Arabic [script needed] (Zahir)

  1. A male given name.
  2. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Zahir

Zahir al-Umar was a Governor of Sidon, Nablus, Jerusalem, Gaza, Ramla, Jaffa, Jabal Ajlun, Sheikh of Acre, All Galilee, Emir of Nazareth, Tiberias, Safad, Multazim of Tiberias, Multazim of Deir Hanna, GovernorofSidon, JaffaandJabal Ajlun, SheikhofAcreand AllGalilee, EmirofNa. Zahir was born in Arraba, Israel. He died on August 21st, 1775.


Zahir Raihan is a writer. Zahir was given the name Mohammad Zahirullah on August 19th, 1935 in Feni, Noakhali, British India.


Zahir was born on November 1st, 1962 in Podujevo. He breathed his last breath in 1997.


Zahir Tanin is a Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Afghanistan 25px, Vice President to the United Nations General Assembly, Permanent Representativeto the United Nations forAfghanistan25px, and Vice President to theUnited Nations General Assembly. Zahir was born on May 1st, 1956.


Zahir Howaida was a pop music musician. Zahir was born Zahir Howaida on February 28th, 1946 in Daykundi Province. He breathed his last breath on March 5th, 2012.


Zahir Ali is an athlete for the Performance Racing. Zahir was born on August 25th, 1987 in Jakarta.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Zahir

Ahmad Zahir was a musician. He plays Harmonium, piano, accordion, Farfisa, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, combo organ, and Pump organ. His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to 1979. Ahmad was given the name Ahmad Toryalai Zahir on June 14th, 1946 in Kabul. Ahmad is also known as Afghanistan Elvis Presley and AfghanistanElvis Presley. He left this life on June 14th, 1979.


Sharifi Abdul Zahir was a prime minister. He was most active from 1971 to 1972. Sharifi was born on May 3rd, 1910 in Laghman Province. He left this life on October 21st, 1982.


Zahira Zahir is a barber, cosmetology, and cosmetologist. Zahira was born in 1972. Zahira is also known as Z.


Rishad Zahir is a singing.


Amin was born on September 17th, 1970 in Chelmsford, Essex, England.



How popular is the baby name Zahir in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1973 7 0 7
1978 10 0 10
1980 6 0 6
1981 8 0 8
1982 8 0 8
1983 7 0 7
1984 8 0 8
1985 8 0 8
1986 6 0 6
1988 10 0 10
1989 7 0 7
1990 10 0 10
1991 14 0 14
1992 11 0 11
1993 12 0 12
1994 19 0 19
1995 17 0 17
1996 19 0 19
1997 38 0 38
1998 33 0 33
1999 57 0 57
2000 61 0 61
2001 59 0 59
2002 62 0 62
2003 75 0 75
2004 75 0 75
2005 95 0 95
2006 108 0 108
2007 146 7 139
2008 116 0 116
2009 119 0 119
2010 139 0 139
2011 114 0 114
2012 136 0 136
2013 137 0 137
2014 172 0 172
2015 153 0 153
2016 176 0 176
2017 214 0 214
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Zahir

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Popularity of Zahir as a first name

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Popularity of Zahir as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Zahir U.S.
  White 34.80% 64.26%
  African American 12.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 36.06% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.20% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 13.54% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.94% 16.26%

Of Last Name Zahir

People with the last name Zahir are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Two or More Ethnicities

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Fun Facts about the name Zahir

  • How Popular is the name Zahir? Zahir is the 5,907th most popular name of all time. As a last name Zahir was the 35,447th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Zahir have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,472 babies born with the first name Zahir in the United States. That's more than enough people named Zahir to occupy the territory of Norfolk Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 2,302 (as of August 9, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Zahir? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1973 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Zahir first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Zahir is Wednesday, January 23rd, 1929.
  • What year had the most people named Zahir born? The highest recorded use of the first name Zahir was in 2017 with a total of 214 babies.
  • Random Zahir Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Zahir is not a popular baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Zahir: Your name in reverse order is Rihaz. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hzair. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Zahir? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 635 people with the last name Zahir.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Zahir? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Zahir as their last name since less than 1 person in 455k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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