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Zaire

Zaire is the former name of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The name comes from the Congo river, derived from the Kongo word nzere o nzadi meaning “river swallowing rivers”; Zaire is the Portuguese adaption of the name. Spelled Zaïre, it’s a French female name, created by French writer and philosopher Voltaire for his play, also called Zaïre (1732), who may have based it on an Arabic name, Zahra meaning “flower, blossom”.

Origin: Kongo

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Variants:

  • Zaïre (French)

 

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