Zachary and its pet form Zach are two popular given names for boys. After exploring its biblical origins, I’ve discovered the meaning of the name Zachary and what it represents.
Meaning of the Name Zachary: Derived from the biblical name Zechariah, the meaning of the name Zachary is “God has remembered” or “remembered by God.” It was first used in Israel thousands of years and since spread to other countries, including the United States.
Origins of the Name Zachary
The name Zachary originated in Ancient Israel where it was derived from the masculine given name Zechariah. An old Hebrew name, Zechariah is the original name found in the Book of Zechariah. Once published in this biblical book, families began to use it as a given name for their newborn boys, with Zechariah eventually being converted into the masculine given name Zachary.
The name Zachary was popularized during the 1st century A.D. when it was borne by the Pope of the Catholic Church. Pope Zachary was anointed as the Catholic Church’s official pope in December 741, a title which he retained until March 752 when he was succeeded by Pope Stephen. Zachary had been used as a given name prior to Pope Zachary, but he helped popularize the name by introducing it to millions of people throughout Europe.
The popularity of the Name Zachary
Zachary is now one of the most popular boys’ names in the United States, but it hasn’t always been this popular. In 1900, only six newborn boys in the United States were named Zachary, making it the 1,309th most popular boys’ name in the country. In 1930, Zachary was still a relatively unused masculine given a name, ranking as the 1,965th most popular boys’ name in the United States.
Around the mid-20th century, the name Zachary picked up momentum. In 1945, it was the 1,533rd most popular boys’ name in the United States. In 1946, Zachary broke into the triple-digit popularity, ranking as the 967th most popular boys’ name in the country. Fast forward to 1976, and Zachary broke into double-digit popularity, ranking as the 96th most popular boys’ name in the country. Zachary peaked in 1994 when it ranked as the 12th most popular boys’ name in the United States.
Famous men named Zachary include American actor Zachary Quinto, American actor Zachary Gordon, American author Zachary Pierce, American singer Zachary Richard, Canadian cyclist Zachary Bell and American scientist Zachary Lemnios.
Popular variants of the name Zachary include Zack, Zacharia, Zechariah, Zach and Zac.