Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Zachery

Zachery is a subtle spelling variant of Zachary (traditionally spelled with an “a” rather than an “e”). Zachary actually developed as a colloquial form of the Biblical name Zacharias (Greek) from the Hebrew Zechariah meaning “God has remembered”. The name Zechariah makes an appearance in the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as one of God’s twelve Minor Prophets. The book of Zechariah (which comes after Haggai and before Malachi) is the second to last book of the Old Testament. In it, Zechariah admonishes the Children of Israel to rebuild the Temple (after returning from exile), to repent for their prior bad behavior and to renew their worship of God. The prophet assures the returning Jewish people of God’s comfort and care, and of the continuation of His covenant. Furthermore, Zechariah’s messianic message in the book’s passage (i.e., that the Lord will come in the form of a liberator) also resonates with Christians. Aside from Zechariah’s Old Testament reference, there is also a different Zechariah who figures prominently into the New Testament – his story is told with the most detail in the Gospel According to Luke (1:5-80). Quite simply, Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth became the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy named John (the Baptist). According to Luke, God looked quite favorably upon Zechariah and Elizabeth as “they were both righteous before God…but they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.” (Luke 1:6). So God sends His angel Gabriel with a message for Zechariah: Elizabeth will have a son and “you shall call his name John.” Understandably, given the advanced age of Elizabeth, who was well past childbearing years, Zechariah expressed doubt over what Gabriel was saying. As punishment for his disbelief, God struck Zechariah mute. Sure enough, Elizabeth became pregnant and gave birth to John, after which Zechariah’s voice was restored (any relevant remarks he may have made are lost to history). As the Baby Daddy of the highly venerated John the Baptist, we’re definitely not surprised that Saint Zechariah spread as a name of choice among the Christians (especially the Puritans after the Reformation). There are several forms of this name in circulation including the more idiomatic Zachary/Zachery.

All About the Baby Name – Zachery

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME ZACHERY

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME ZACHERY

The spelling of Zachery first appeared on the American male naming charts in 1973 which is right around the time that Zachary (with an “a”) was soaring up to the Top 100 list. Zachery (like Zackary and Zackery) just became another spelling option available to parents. Zachery has never been as popular as Zachary with an “a” but he has closely mirrored his big brother’s success over the years (just to a lesser extent). Zachery saw his peak success on the charts as position #167 in 1993 (that same year Zachary was the 15th most favorite name in America). In more recent years all of the “Zach” names have been experiencing a downward trend – not dramatically, but dropping in usage nonetheless. Due to the many spelling variations, however, the popularity of this name is actually greater than first meets the eye. If you added up all the baby boys who receive some version of this name per year, then we’d say the Zachary names collectively are easily in the Top 50. Just as Zechariah was “remembered” by God, so, too, are American parents “remembering” this charming Z-name.

Quick Facts

ON ZACHERY

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

817

PRONUNCIATION:

ZAK-ə-ree

SIMPLE MEANING:

Remembered by God

Characteristics

OF ZACHERY

Freedom-loving

Adventurous

Adaptable

Intellectual

Easygoing

Progressive

Sensual

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Zachery

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ZACHERY

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Zachery

Popular Songs

ON ZACHERY

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Zachery


Famous People

NAMED ZACHERY

Zachery Ty Bryan (actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ZACHERY

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Zachery

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ZACHERY

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Zachery