Azar is the common English spelling for several given names and surnames: the Arabic عازار ʿāzār, the Persian آذر āẕar (sometimes also romanised as adhar), as well as a Hebrew name עזר. Azar is a common boys', girls', and last name in Persian-speaking countries. Azar means fire in Persian. Azarkadeh or Atashkadeh (Atash is another name for fire in Persian) are the places of worship for Zoroastrians. Zoroastrianism is a religion and a belief that originated in Iran.

People with the name include:

Religious figuresEdit

  • Āzar (Arabic: ءازَرُ), or Terah, father of Abraham in the Islamic tradition
  • Azar, derivative of Elazar, Lazarus of Bethany, whom Jesus raised from the dead.

Given nameEdit

  • Azar Bigdeli (1722–1781), Iranian anthologist and poet
  • Azar Gat (born 1959), Israeli researcher and author on military history
  • Azar Karadas (born 1981), Norwegian football player of Turkish descent
  • Āzar Kayvān, (16–17 c.), Zoroastrian high priest of Iran who emigrated to India and founded an illuminationists school
  • Azar Lawrence (born 1952), American jazz saxophonist
  • Azar Majedi, Iranian communist activist, writer
  • Azar Nafisi (born 1955), Iranian academic


  • Tony (Antoine) Azar, Lebanese-American Business executive.
  • Alex Azar (born 1967), American lawyer, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former Eli Lilly executive
  • Amado Azar (1913–1971), Argentine boxer and Olympian
  • Assi Azar (born 1979), Israeli television personality
  • Betty Azar, teacher and the author of several English grammar workbooks that are a staple in the English as a second language teaching industry
  • Brett Azar, American actor. Body double proxy of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Carla Azar, American drummer
  • Caroline Azar, Canadian director, actor, and playwright. Lead singer, keyboardist and co-lyricist/composer of the band Fifth Column
  • Dina Azar, Miss Lebanon 1995, television personality and host, fashion designer
  • Edward Azar (1938–1991), Lebanese professor of government and politics
  • Emilè Azar (born 1985), Swedish singer of Lebanese origin
  • George Azar (born 1959), Lebanese American photojournalist and documentary film maker
  • Habib Azar (born 1979), American film, theater and television director
  • Ignatius Isaac Azar, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch during 1709–1722
  • Jacobo Majluta Azar (1934-1996), Dominican politician of Lebanese origin. President of the Dominican Republic, Vice president and senator
  • Joseph Azar (prince), Jewish prince of the Anjuvannam in Cochin, South India
  • Joseph Azar (singer) (born 1942), Lebanese artist and singer
  • Mehdi Azar (1901–1994), Iranian physician and politician
  • Mehdi Azar Yazdi (1921–2009), Iranian writer
  • Naser Cheshmazar, sometimes spelled Naser Cheshm Azar, (1950–2018), Iranian musician, composer and arranger
  • Pablo Azar (born 1982), Mexican actor
  • Raymond Azar (born 1953), head of Lebanese military intelligence
  • Rick Azar, American broadcaster
  • Roberto Azar (born 1966), Argentine tennis player
  • Rony Azar (born 1983), Lebanese football (soccer) player
  • Steve Azar (born 1964), American country music artist

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