Where did the baby name Zarak come from in 1957?

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In 1957, the eye-catching name Zarak first appeared in the U.S. baby name data:

  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: unlisted
  • 1957: 8 baby boys named Zarak [debut]
  • 1956: unlisted
  • 1955: unlisted

The inspiration? A Technicolor action film called Zarak, which was released in late 1956.

It starred actor Victor Mature as main character Zarak Khan, the leader of a gang of outlaws on the India-Afghanistan border. His main adversary is an English military man named Ingram, who the British colonial government has sent out to hunt him down.

The movie was based on a 1949 book called The Story of Zarak Khan by Anthony J. Bevan.

Source: Zarak – TCM

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