National Zachary Day is celebrated on June 26 every year. We’re celebrating all the Zachs, Zaks, Zacs, and Zacharys out there because such a memorable name deserves a special day of recognition. Zachary is the anglicized version of the name Zechariah, which is a male-given name of Hebrew origin. It comes from the word ‘Zakhar,’ which means “to remember,” and is one of the names of the God of Israel. In Arabic, the spelling changes to Zakariya. Around 60,000 Americans are called Zachary or have some variant of the name. In most cases, it is used as a given name. Let’s celebrate this ancient name today!
History of national zachary day
Zachary, a name of Hebrew origin, is closely associated with actors and entertainers. Zachary was the 144th most popular name for a boy. There were 2,575 baby boys called Zachary in 2021. One famous personality who has this name is actor Zachary Levi. He has starred in many films and series, including “Chuck,” “Shazam!” (2019), and Broadway productions, including, “She Loves Me.” The 41-year-old actor got into the theater at six, performing lead roles in school productions, such as “Grease,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “The Outsiders.” His role as Chuck Bartowski in the T.V. series “Chuck” catapulted him to mainstream stardom in Hollywood. Levi also worked as a voice actor for Flynn Rider’s character in “Tangled” (2010) and its subsequent spinoffs.
Another famous personality to carry this name is Zachary Israel Braff, an actor and filmmaker, who is best known for playing J.D. on the N.B.C./A.B.C. medical sitcom, “Scrubs.” The New Jersey native starred in the show from 2001 to 2010, making it his longest body of work. He received a Primetime Emmy and three Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances. Braff’s movie, “Garden State” (2004), a work he wrote, directed, and scored in his hometown, received widespread praise from critics and gained a cult following over the years. Aside from acting, screenplays, and coaching, Braff also lent his voice to the character Chicken Little in the movie.
Modern musicals can’t be spoken of without mentioning Zac Efron, whose portrayal of Troy Bolton in the “High School Musical” series made him one of the most famous young actors of the late 2000s. Efron has since transitioned to more mature roles, like his appearances in “Dirty Grandpa” (2016) and “Baywatch” (2017). Efron’s latest work, the Netflix documentary series, “Down to Earth with Zac Efron,” won a Daytime Emmy Award.
national zachary day timeline
The prophet Zechariah pens his famous book.
Zach Braff directs his first film, “Garden State.”
Zac Efron stars in the musical “Hairspray.”
Zachary Levi plays Rider's modern take on Rapunzel, titled “Tangled.”
One in every 723 baby boys born is named Zachary.
national zachary day FAQs
Who is the most famous Zachary?
Zach Galifianakis is the most famous member of the Zachary club.
What is a nickname for Zachary?
Nicknames for Zachary include Zac, Zach, and Zaki.
Is Zachary a British name?
Zachary is the English version of Zacharias, an ancient name of Greek and Hebrew origin.
national zachary day Activities
The medical sitcom “Scrubs” ruled the T.V. industry in the early 2000s. For many, Jon Dorian’s naive but well-meaning character was the actor Zach Braff’s first and best impression.
Buy an engraved mug
An engraved mug with your name on it never gets old. Plus, it's functional and looks very chic!
Watch some musicals
Before becoming a Hollywood beefcake, Zac Efron was a 2000s singing teen sensation. Check out the “High School Musical” franchise on National Zachary Day.
5 Important Facts About Zacharys
Zach in the Navy
Country musician Zach Bryan served in the U.S. Navy before becoming a singer.
His license to fly
Comedian Zach Braff is a licensed pilot.
A cute nickname
Actor Zach Galifianakis calls his beard “Shelley.”
Playing both sides
Zachary Levi has played characters in both Marvel and D.C. comics’ Cinematic Universes.
This Zac loves horror
Zac Efron is a massive fan of the Netflix horror sci-fi series, “Stranger Things,” and has expressed a desire to guest star on the show.
Why We Love national zachary day
So many variations
Zachary is one of the few names with plenty of variations. From Zac, Zach, Zak, and more. This name is truly versatile and unique.
It has an energetic vibe
Zachary gives off an energetic and youthful impression. It carries power and vitality.
It is associated with charisma
When we think of all the Zacharys, we think of actors, singers, and celebrities. The name has a certain charm and appeal to it.
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