Cognate of Russian Personal Name #russia #names

Janet Furba

Zakhar is a Jewish and a Russian name of Hebrew origin.
Janet Furba,


Zakhar is a Russian name. His real name could be consonant with the name Zakhar or begin with the letter Z or contain the letter KH. It is impossible to find out without seeing metric records.

Sincerely, Elena Volk

Frank Szmulowicz

I found the following:
Zakhar (RussianЗахар) is a given name, the East Slavic form of the biblical name Zechariah or Zachary. \

Zechariah, with many variant forms and spellings such as Zachariah and Zacharias, is a theophoric masculine given name of Hebrew origin, meaning "God remembers". It comes from the Hebrew word zakhar, meaning to remember, and yah, one of the names of the God of Israel. Though Zechariah is the original transliteration of the name and used in the English translation of the Book of Zechariah, Zachariah, spelled with the letter A instead of the letter E, is more popular, with a common diminutive being Zach (also Zac, Zack, Zacki and Zak). Due to its religious significance, variants of the name exist in numerous languages, and it is also used as a monastic or papal name.

Frank Szmulowicz


My husband's grandmother's matzevah reads Rivka bat R'Hirsch Yonah. A 2nd cousin's family tree lists the father as "Zakhar." The family originates in Kamianets-Podilskyi but we know that some members made their way to Moscow and Vilnius, in addition to the US. I don't know Russian at all, but I would have expected that Zakhar would be Zecharia.
The cousin who created that tree is Moscow educated so that may explain his (and his family's) use of a Russian personal name. Is Zakhar a cognate of Hirsch or is this another case of the secular name having no connection to the Hebrew name?
Felice Bogus
Raleigh, NC