Zenobia
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The middle name of Tina Fey's (formerly of Saturday Night Live) daughter.
-- websurfer  5/27/2006
I'm sorry. Ugh. This name sounds like a disease involving sleep loss as well as a few brain lobes.
-- Anonymous User  1/9/2007
Zenobia Frome (called Zeena) is the hypochondriac wife of the title character in Edith Wharton's novel Ethan Frome.
-- WeloveyouJesseLacey  2/11/2007
Sounds like Xenophobia! I think this name is great for a place, not a person.
-- Anonymous User  6/19/2007
I knew a gal with this name, only her mom decided to spell it "Znobia" (um, wow). This name sounds as ghetto as the bearer I knew. Yuck.
-- Anonymous User  6/19/2007
I'm sorry, but to be brutally honest, I can barely stand this name.
-- Keeping Tempos  6/19/2007
Nicknames: Zeny, Zenka, Zenina, Nobie. Name Day: 30th September.
-- Maggie_Simpson  10/13/2007
This was my grandmother's middle name and she hated it with a passion. It was an unspoken understanding in the family to just pretend she didn't have a middle name, and woe betide the hapless government clerk who insisted she put it down on some form or other. Her father, a student of Greek and Roman history, chose it for her, and I don't think Grandma ever fully forgave him for it.
-- elizabeth hamlet  6/1/2008
It's quite a nice and interesting-looking name on paper, but PLEASE, spare your child the horrors of having this name. Think of all the ways somebody could turn it into a bad nickname, starting with Zenophobia.
-- GreekMythology  8/7/2008
I love this name. It sounds incredibly beautiful and the historical Zenobia was an awesome figure.
-- bananarama  6/28/2009
Very pretty, but I don't like the 'b' sound in the middle of it.
-- -Julia-  8/22/2009
Zenobia is the name of the elephant in the lesser-known 1939 film of the same name, starring Oliver Hardy (in a rare project without Stan Laurel) and the has-been comedian Harry Langdon. The name has a really nice ring to it, since I love Z names.
-- Anyechka  8/24/2009
My first introduction to this name came from Ethan Frome (which is one of my all-time favorite pieces of literature). Because of that introduction, I don't think I'd ever be able to separate the name from the character. For anyone who has read the book, you can see where that might be problematic! Otherwise, it's a very pretty name,
-- popular1  11/11/2009
I think Zenobia is stunning. It has a strength to it that I like, and it has a spunk and almost defiant feel to it. I also think Zenobia tends to have a sensual feel, which MIGHT not be necessarily appropriate for a child.
Zenobia is just really beautiful. It's one of my favorite names. ^-^
-- Lunar_Wolf  6/22/2010
I think this name is alright really, I suppose. To English speakers, this name can sound quite ugly and foreign, but I think the bones of this name are okay and I also think it could sound quite futuristic, smart, elegant and sophisticated, on the right person, though. :)
-- walesgal92  9/12/2010
There is a minor character in the Vampire Chronicles (Anne Rice) who bears the name Zenobia; Zenobia appears in Blood & Gold.
-- bellehime  10/10/2010
This is the name of the heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1852 novel The Blithedale Romance.
-- kkgnoise  1/14/2011
This name is also used in Poland. Although it's quite old-fashioned.
-- Chwala  2/19/2011
I read that Zenobia is actually a cognate with the Arabic name Zaynab, meaning desert flower. Is this true?
-- dayzunique  6/22/2011
Name of the Day: June 19th, 2011.
-- AndrewJKD  6/23/2011
Alice Zenobia is the daughter of American actress/comedian Tina Fey.
-- Anonymous User  12/13/2011
The name Zenobia was given to 51 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/19/2013
"Signora Psyche Zenobia" was the name the of the protagonist of Edgar Allan Poe's comedy short story "A Predicament". The story is meant to be an over-exaggerated tale told by her to be published in the equivalent of today's magazines that talk about marrying bigfoot and giving birth to human/puppy hybrids. At the end of the story her head is chopped off by the minute hand of a giant clock (she is happy to see it go) and her poodle has been eaten by a rat. They walk home together.
-- Anonymous User  4/1/2014
I honestly loved this name when I first heard it in my favorite movie 35 & ticking. This is a beautiful name. I never heard it when I was in school or any where I went I always said when I have my first daughter this will be her name & I'm not ever gonna change that. I am so in love with this name! People don't have to like it, that's their opinion but I know mine (: I'm sorry, but I LOVE THE NAME ZENOBIA.
-- LoverGirl2014  9/15/2014
Cool name! I think Zenovia is softer and prefer that over Zenobia, but both are unique and cute.
-- lilpimpteller  6/19/2015
Can also be pronounced Zay-no-VEE-uh, which would be the Koine Greek pronunciation.
-- Anonymous User  8/20/2015

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