Zara Tindall's untraditional name explained and the family member who suggested it

Zara Tindall's untraditional name came from an unlikely source and relates to the unexpected way she entered into the world

 Zara Tindall attends the Tusk Ball 2022 at the Natural History Museum in honour of African conservation on May 19, 2022 in London, England.
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Zara Tindall's untraditional name was chosen by her uncle, Prince Charles, with whom she's said to have a very close bond. Her name is certainly unique compared to the rest of the clan, and that's all down to what it actually means.


Zara Tindall's piercing revelation at Prince Charles' party put her in the ranks of royal rebels, shoulder to shoulder with other fine examples - like her darling mother.

The rambunctious Princess Anne's hilarious reaction to her attempted kidnapper cemented her status as a bit of a tough cookie. Do tough cookies stick to the status quo? Hell no.

Princess Anne’s engagement rings both broke royal protocol, and the name she chose for the first female of the Queen's grandchildren, broke with tradition too. Seemingly, according to the Princess Royal, the slightly alternative choice was suggested by her uncle Prince Charles.

Zara, Princess Anne's second baby, was born on May 15, 1981, at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. HELLO! (opens in new tab) reports that, according to Princess Anne, "The baby made a rather sudden and positive arrival, and my brother thought Zara (a Greek name meaning 'bright as the dawn') was an appropriate name." Considering Prince Philip's origins, the choice may also have been a slight nod to their Greek roots also.

Gatcombe Park's famous resident has always been known for her, 'stiff upper lip,' when it comes to many things. However, when Princess Anne opened up about a scary fall while pregnant, it revealed that she'd had some scares when she was expecting.

Aoife Hanna
Aoife Hanna

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