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ZAAHIR (1)   m   Arabic
Derived from Arabic زهر (zahara) meaning "to shine, to radiate".
ZAAHIR (2)   m   Arabic
Derived from Arabic ظهر (zahara) meaning "to become clear, to emerge".
ZAAHIRA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of ZAAHIR (1).
ZAAL   m   Georgian
Georgian form of ZAL.
ZABEL   f   Armenian
Armenian form of ISABEL. A 13th-century ruling queen of Cilician Armenia bore this name.
ZABOULON   m   Biblical Greek
Greek form of ZEBULUN.
ZABULON   m   Biblical Latin
Latin form of ZEBULUN.
ZAC   m   English
Short form of ZACHARY.
ZACARÍAS   m   Spanish
Spanish form of ZECHARIAH.
ZACCAI   m   Biblical
From the Hebrew name זַכָּי (Zakkay) meaning "pure". This is the name of a minor character in the Old Testament.
ZACCHAEUS   m   Biblical
From Ζακχαιος (Zakchaios), the Greek form of ZACCAI. In the New Testament he is a tax collector in Jericho who gives half his possessions to charity.
ZACCHARIAS   m   Biblical Latin
Form of ZACHARIAS used in the Latin Bible.
ZACCHEUS   m   Biblical Latin
Latin form of Ζακχαιος (see ZACCHAEUS) used in the Vulgate.
ZACH   m   English
Short form of ZACHARY.
ZACHARIAH   m   English, Biblical
Variant of ZECHARIAH. This spelling is used in the King James Version of the Old Testament to refer to one of the kings of Israel (called Zechariah in other versions).
ZACHARIAS   m   Biblical, Biblical Greek, Greek
Greek form of ZECHARIAH. This form of the name is used in most English versions of the New Testament to refer to the father of John the Baptist. It was also borne by an 8th-century pope (called Zachary in English).
ZACHARIASZ   m   Polish
Polish form of ZECHARIAH.
ZACHARIE   m   French
French form of ZECHARIAH.
ZACHARY   m   English, Biblical
Usual English form of ZACHARIAS, used in some English versions of the New Testament. This form has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it did not become common until after the Protestant Reformation. It was borne by American military commander and president Zachary Taylor (1784-1850).
ZACHERY   m   English
Variant of ZACHARY.
ZACK   m   English
Short form of ZACHARY.
ZACKARY   m   English
Variant of ZACHARY.
ZACKERY   m   English
Variant of ZACHARY.
ZADOK   m   Biblical
Means "righteous" in Hebrew. This is the name of several characters in the Old Testament, most notably the high priest of Israel during the reigns of David and Solomon. Solomon was anointed by Zadok.
ZAHARA   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of ZOHAR.
ZAHARI   m   Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of ZECHARIAH.
ZAHARINA   f   Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian feminine form of ZECHARIAH.
ZAHARINKA   f   Bulgarian, Macedonian
Diminutive of ZAHARINA.
ZAHI   m   Arabic
Means "beautiful, brilliant" in Arabic.
ZAHIA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of ZAHI.
ZAHID   m   Arabic, Urdu
Means "pious, devout" in Arabic.
ZAHIDA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of ZAHID.
ZAHİDE   f   Turkish
Turkish feminine form of ZAHID.
ZAHIR   m   Arabic, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Arabic زهير (zahir) meaning "helper, supporter". In Islamic tradition الظهير (al-Zahir) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
ZAHIRA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of ZAHIR.
ZAHRA   f   Arabic, Persian
Means "brilliant, bright" in Arabic. This is an epithet of the Prophet Muhammad's daughter Fatimah.
ZAHRAH   f   Arabic
Derived from Arabic زهرة (zahrah) meaning "blooming flower".
ZAID   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of ZAYD.
ZAIDA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of ZAYD.
ZAIN   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of ZAYN.
ZAINA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of ZAYN.
ZAINAB   f   Arabic, Urdu
Variant Arabic transcription of ZAYNAB, as well as the Urdu form.
ZAIRA   f   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ZAÏRE.
ZAÏRE   f   Literature
Used by Voltaire for the heroine of his tragic play 'Zaïre' (1732), about a Christian woman enslaved by Muslims. The heroine is named Zara in some English translations. Voltaire may have based the name on ZAHRAH.
ZAK   m   English
Short form of ZACHARY.
ZAKARIA   m   Georgian, Arabic
Georgian form of ZECHARIAH. This is also a variant transcription of Arabic ZAKARIYYA.
ZAKARIYA   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of ZAKARIYYA.
ZAKARIYYA   m   Arabic
Arabic form of ZECHARIAH.
ZAKCHAIOS   m   Biblical Greek
Form of ZACCHAEUS used in the Greek New Testament.
ZAKHAR   m   Russian
Russian form of ZECHARIAH.
ZAKI   m   Arabic
Means "pure" in Arabic.
ZAKIAH   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of ZAKIYYA.
ZAKIYA   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of ZAKIYYA.
ZAKIYYA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of ZAKI.
ZAKKAI   m   Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ZACCAI.
ŽAKLINA   f   Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of JACQUELINE.
ŻAKLINA   f   Polish
Polish form of JACQUELINE.
ZAL   m   Persian Mythology
Means "albino" in Persian. In the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh' this is the name of a white-haired warrior.
ZALA   f   Slovene
Diminutive of ROZALIJA.
ZALMAN   m   Yiddish
Yiddish form of SOLOMON.
ZALMON   m   Biblical
Means "shady" in Hebrew. This is the name of one of David's mighty men in the Old Testament.
ZAMAN   m   Arabic, Urdu
Means "time, age, era" in Arabic.
ŽAN   m   Slovene
Slovene form of ZUAN, GIAN or JEAN (1).
ZAN   f & m   Chinese
From Chinese (zàn) meaning "help, support", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
ŽANA   f   Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of GIANNA.
ZANDER   m   English (Modern)
Variant of XANDER.
ZANDRA   f   English
Short form of ALEXANDRA.
ZANE (1)   m   English
From an English surname of unknown meaning. It was introduced as a given name by American author Zane Grey (1872-1939). Zane was in fact his middle name - it had been his mother's maiden name.
ZANE (2)   f   Latvian
Latvian form of SUSANNA.
ZANNA   f   English
Short form of SUZANNA.
ZARA (1)   f   English (Modern)
English form of ZAÏRE. In England it came to public attention when Princess Anne gave it to her daughter in 1981. Use of the name may also be influenced by the trendy Spanish clothing retailer Zara.
ZARA (2)   f   Bulgarian
Diminutive of ZAHARINA.
ZARAH   m   Biblical
Form of ZERAH used in some translations of the Bible.
ZARAMAMA   f   Incan Mythology
Means "grain mother" in Quechua. This was the name of the Inca goddess of grain.
ZARATHUSHTRA   m   Ancient Persian
Ancient Avestan form of ZARATHUSTRA.
ZARATHUSTRA   m   History
Possibly means "golden camel" in Old Iranian, derived from zarat meaning "golden" combined with ushtra meaning "camel". Zarathustra was the Persian prophet who founded the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism about the 10th century BC.
ZARAY   f   Arabic
Possibly a variant of ZAHRAH.
ZAREEN   f   Persian
Means "golden" in Persian.
ZARIA   f   English (Modern)
Possibly based on ZAHRAH or the Nigerian city of Zaria.
ŽARKO   m   Serbian, Croatian
Derived from Serbian and Croatian žar meaning "ember, zeal, fervour".
ZARTOSHT   m   Persian
Modern Persian form of ZARATHUSTRA.
ZAVANNA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of SAVANNAH.
ZAVIA   f   English (Rare)
Modern feminine form of XAVIER.
ZAVIER   m   English (Modern)
Variant of XAVIER.
ZÁVIŠ   m   Czech
Derived from a Slavic root meaning "envy".
ZAWISZA   m   Polish (Archaic)
Polish cognate of ZÁVIŠ.
ZAXARIA   m   Old Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of ZECHARIAH.
ZAYD   m   Arabic
Derived from Arabic زاد (zada) "to increase". This was the name of a slave who became the adopted son of the Prophet Muhammad.
ZAYN   m   Arabic
Means "beauty, grace" in Arabic.
ZAYNA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of ZAYN.
ZAYNAB   f   Arabic
Meaning uncertain. It is possibly related to Arabic زين (zayn) meaning "beauty"; it could be from the name of a fragrant flowering tree; or it could be an Arabic form of ZENOBIA, a name borne by a pre-Islamic queen of Palmyra. Zaynab was the name of a daughter, a granddaughter, and two wives of the Prophet Muhammad.
ZBIGNEV   m   Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of ZBIGNIEW.
ZBIGNIEW   m   Polish
Derived from the Slavic elements zbyti "to dispel" and gnyevu "anger".
ZBYGNĚV   m   Czech (Archaic)
Czech cognate of ZBIGNIEW.
ZBYNĚK   m   Czech
Diminutive of ZBYGNĚV, now used independently.
ZDENA   f   Czech
Czech feminine variant of ZDENKO.
ZDENĚK   m   Czech
Czech form of ZDENKO.
ZDEŇKA   f   Czech
Czech feminine form of ZDENKO.
ZDENKA   f   Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Czech
Feminine form of ZDENKO.
ZDENKO   m   Slovak, Slovene, Croatian
Derived from the Slavic element zidati meaning "build, create", originally a short form of names beginning with that element.
ZDENO   m   Slovak
Slovak variant of ZDENKO.
ZDESLAV   m   Croatian
Croatian form of ZDZISŁAW.
ZDISLAV   m   Czech, Medieval Slavic
Czech form of ZDZISŁAW.
ZDISLAVA   f   Czech
Czech feminine form of ZDZISŁAW. This name was borne by the 13th-century Czech saint Zdislava Berka.
ZDRAVKA   f   Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Feminine form of ZDRAVKO.
ZDRAVKO   m   Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from South Slavic zdrav meaning "healthy".
ZDZISŁAW   m   Polish
Derived from the Slavic elements zidati "build" and slava "glory".
ZDZISŁAWA   f   Polish
Feminine form of ZDZISŁAW.
  m   Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of JOSÉ.
ZEBADIAH   m   Biblical
Means "YAHWEH has bestowed" in Hebrew. This was the name of several Old Testament characters.
ZEBEDAIOS   m   Biblical Greek
New Testament Greek form of ZEBEDEE.
ZEBEDEE   m   Biblical
From Ζεβεδαιος (Zebedaios), the Greek form of ZEBADIAH used in the New Testament, where it refers to the father of the apostles James and John.
ZEBULON   m   Biblical
Variant of ZEBULUN.
ZEBULUN   m   Biblical
Possibly derived from Ugartic zbl meaning "prince". In the Old Testament Zebulun is the tenth son of Jacob (his sixth son by Leah) and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Genesis 30:20 implies two different roots for the name: זָבַל (zaval) "to dwell" and זֵבֵד (zeved) "gift, dowry". These are probably only folk etymologies.
ZECHARIAH   m   Biblical, English
From the Hebrew name זְכַרְיָה (Zekharyah) meaning "YAHWEH remembers". This is the name of many characters in the Old Testament, including the prophet Zechariah, the author of the Book of Zechariah. The name also appears in the New Testament belonging to the father of John the Baptist, who was temporarily made dumb because of his disbelief. He is regarded as a saint by Christians. In some versions of the New Testament his name is spelled in the Greek form Zacharias or the English form Zachary. As an English given name, Zechariah has been in occasional use since the Protestant Reformation.
ZED   m   English
Short form of ZEDEKIAH.
ZEDEKIAH   m   Biblical
From the Hebrew name צִדְקִיָּהוּ (Tzidqiyyahu) meaning "justice of YAHWEH". In the Old Testament this is the name of the last king of Judah.
ZEDONG   m & f   Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "moist, grace, brilliance" combined with (dōng) meaning "east", as well as other character combinations. A notable bearer was the founder of the People's Republic of China, Mao Zedong (1893-1976).
ZEEV   m   Hebrew
Means "wolf" in Hebrew.
ZEF   m   Dutch
Dutch short form of JOZEF.
ZEFERINO   m   Portuguese
Portuguese form of the Roman name Zephyrinus, which was derived from the Greek Zephyros (see ZEPHYR). Saint Zephyrinus was a 3rd-century pope.
ZEHRA   f   Turkish
Turkish form of ZAHRA.
ZEINAB   f   Persian
Persian form of ZAYNAB.
ZEKE   m   English
Short form of EZEKIEL.
ZEKERİYA   m   Turkish
Turkish form of ZECHARIAH.
ZEKHARYAH   m   Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ZECHARIAH.
ZEKİ   m   Turkish
Means "intelligent" in Turkish, ultimately from Arabic ذكيّ (dhakiy).
ZEKİYE   f   Turkish
Feminine form of ZEKİ.
ZELDA (1)   f   Yiddish
Feminine form of SELIG.
ZELDA (2)   f   English
Short form of GRISELDA.
ZELDE   f   Yiddish
Feminine form of SELIG.
ZELIG   m   Yiddish
Variant of SELIG.
ŽELIMIR   m   Croatian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic elements zheleti "to wish, to desire" and miru "peace, world".
ZELIMKHAN   m   Chechen
Combination of the name SALIM and the Turkic title khan which means "ruler, leader".
ŽELJKA   f   Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Feminine form of ŽELJKO.
ŽELJKO   m   Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Derived from South Slavic želja meaning "desire".
ZELLA   f   German
German diminutive of MARCELLA.
ZELMA   f   English
Variant of SELMA.
ZELOPHEHAD   m   Biblical
Possibly means either "first born" or "shadow from terror" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Zelophehad is a man who dies while the Israelites are wandering in the wilderness, leaving five daughters as heirs.
ZELPHA   f   Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of ZILPAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
ZEMFIRA   f   Tatar, Bashkir, Azerbaijani, Literature
Meaning unknown, possibly of Romani origin. This name was (first?) used by Aleksandr Pushkin in his poem 'The Gypsies' (1827).
ZENA   f   English
Meaning unknown. It could be a variant of XENIA or a diminutive of names featuring this sound, such as ALEXINA, ROSINA or ZENOBIA. This name has occasionally been used since the 19th century.
ZENAIDA   f   Late Greek
Apparently a Greek derivative of Ζηναις (Zenais), which was derived from the name of the Greek god ZEUS. This was the name of a 1st-century saint who was a doctor with her sister Philonella.
ZÉNAÏDE   f   French
French form of ZENAIDA.
ZENAIS   f   Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek variant of ZENAIDA.
ZENIA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of XENIA.
ZENO   m   Ancient Greek (Latinized), Italian
From the Greek name Ζηνων (Zenon), which was derived from the name of the Greek god ZEUS. Zeno was the name of two famous Greek philosophers: Zeno of Elea and Zeno of Citium, the founder of the Stoic school in Athens.
ZENOBIA   f   Ancient Greek
Means "life of Zeus", derived from Greek Ζηνο (Zeno), a prefix form of the name of ZEUS, combined with βιος (bios) "life". This was the name of a 3rd-century queen of Palmyra. After claiming the title 'Queen of the East' and expanding her realm into Roman territory she was defeated by emperor Aurelian.
ZENOBIOS   m   Ancient Greek
Masculine form of ZENOBIA.
ZENON   m   Ancient Greek, Polish
Older form of ZENO, as well as the modern Polish form.
ZENOVIA   f   Greek
Modern Greek form of ZENOBIA.
ZENZI   f   German
Diminutive of KRESZENZ.
ZEPH   m   English
Short form of ZEPHANIAH.
ZEPHANIA   m   Southern African
Variant of ZEPHANIAH. This form of the name appears to be used in southern Africa.
ZEPHANIAH   m   Biblical
From the Hebrew name צְפַנְיָה (Tzefanyah) meaning "YAHWEH has hidden". This is the name of one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Zephaniah.
ZEPHYR   m   Greek Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Greek Ζεφυρος (Zephyros) meaning "the west wind". Zephyros was the Greek god of the west wind.
ZÉPHYRINE   f   French (Rare)
French feminine form of Zephyrinus (see ZEFERINO).
ZEPHYRINUS   m   Late Roman
Latin form of ZEFERINO.
ZEPHYRUS   m   Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Zephyros (see ZEPHYR).
ZERACH   m   Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ZERAH.
ZERACHIEL   m   Judeo-Christian Legend
Possibly means "command of God" in Hebrew. The Book of Enoch names him as one of the seven archangels.
ZERAH   m   Biblical
Means "dawning, shining" in Hebrew. This is the name of a son of Judah and the twin of Perez in the Old Testament.
ZERU   m   Basque
Means "sky" in Basque.
ZEUS   m   Greek Mythology
The name of a Greek god, related to the old Indo-European god *Dyeus whose name probably meant "shine" or "sky". In Greek mythology he was the highest of the gods. After he and his siblings defeated the Titans, Zeus ruled over the earth and humankind from atop Mount Olympus. He had control over the weather and his weapon was a thunderbolt.
ZEV   m   Hebrew
Variant transcription of ZEEV.
ZEVADYAH   m   Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ZEBADIAH.
ZEVULUN   m   Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ZEBULUN.
ZEYNAB   f   Azerbaijani, Persian
Azerbaijani form of ZAYNAB, as well as a variant transcription of Persian ZEINAB.
ZEYNEP   f   Turkish
Turkish form of ZAYNAB.
ZEZÉ   m   Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of JOSÉ.
ZHAKLINA   f   Macedonian, Bulgarian
Macedonian and Bulgarian form of JACQUELINE.
ZHALEH   f   Persian
Means "dew" or "hoarfrost" in Persian.
ZHANNA   f   Russian
Russian form of JEANNE.
ZHANNOCHKA   f   Russian
Diminutive of ZHANNA.
ZHARKO   m   Macedonian
Macedonian form of ŽARKO.
ZHELIMIR   m   Medieval Slavic (Hypothetical)
Possible medieval Slavic form of ŽELIMIR.
ZHELYAZKO   m   Bulgarian
Derived from Bulgarian желязо (zhelyazo) "iron".
ZHEN   f & m   Chinese
From Chinese (zhēn) meaning "precious, rare", (zhēn) meaning "real, genuine", (zhēn) meaning "virtuous, chaste, loyal", or other Chinese characters which are pronounced similarly.
ZHENG   m & f   Chinese
From Chinese (zhèng) meaning "right, proper, correct" or (zhèng) meaning "government", as well as other hanja characters with a similar pronunciation.
ZHENYA   f & m   Russian, Bulgarian
Russian diminutive of YEVGENIYA or YEVGENIY or a Bulgarian diminutive of EVGENIYA.
ZHI   m & f   Chinese
From Chinese (zhì) meaning "will, purpose, ambition" or (zhì) meaning "wisdom, intellect", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
ZHIHAO   m & f   Chinese
From Chinese (zhì) meaning "will, purpose, ambition" or (zhì) meaning "wisdom, intellect" combined with (háo) meaning "brave, heroic, chivalrous". Many other character combinations are possible.
ZHIRAYR   m   Armenian
Means "strong, active" in Armenian.
ZHIVKA   f   Bulgarian, Macedonian
Feminine form of ZHIVKO.
ZHIVKO   m   Bulgarian, Macedonian
Derived from the Slavic word живъ (zhivu) meaning "living".
ZHONG   m & f   Chinese
From Chinese (zhōng) meaning "middle" or (zhōng) meaning "loyalty, devotion". Other characters can form this name as well.
ZHOU   m & f   Chinese
From Chinese (zhōu) meaning "boat, ship", in addition to other characters which are pronounced similarly.
ZHUBIN   m   Persian
Means "spear" in Persian, ultimately from Sanskrit.
ZHULDYZ   f   Kazakh
Means "star" in Kazakh.
ZHYRGAL   m & f   Kyrgyz
Variant transcription of JYRGAL.
ZIA   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of ZIYA.
ZIAD   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of ZIYAD.
ZIAUDDIN   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of ZIYA AL-DIN.
ZIBA (1)   f   Persian
Means "beautiful" in Persian.
ZIBA (2)   m   Biblical
Means "station" in Hebrew. This was the name of a servant of Saul in the Old Testament.
ZIBIAH   f   Biblical
Means "roe, deer" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the mother of king Joash of Judah.
ZIEMOWIT   m   Polish
From an old Slavic name derived from the elements sem "family" and vit "lord, master". This was the name of a legendary Piast prince of Poland. It was also borne by several other Piast rulers.
ZIFA   f   Tatar, Bashkir
Tatar and Bashkir form of ZIBA (1).
ŽIGA   m   Slovene
Slovene form of SIGMUND.
ŽIGMUND   m   Slovak
Slovak form of SIGMUND.
ZIGOR   m   Basque
Means "punishment" in Basque.
ZIKMUND   m   Czech
Czech form of SIGMUND.
ZILLA   f   German
German diminutive of CECILIA.
ZILLAH   f   Biblical
Means "shade" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she is the second wife of Lamech.
ZILPAH   f   Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "frailty" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the handmaid who was given to Jacob by Leah.
ZIMRI   m   Biblical
Means "my praise" or "my music" in Hebrew. This is the name of a king of Israel in the Old Testament. He ruled for only seven days, when he was succeeded by the commander of the army Omri.
ZINA   f   Russian
Short form of ZINAIDA.
ZINAIDA   f   Russian
Russian form of ZENAIDA.
ZINAT   f   Arabic, Persian
Means "ornament" in Arabic.
ZINNIA   f   English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which was itself named for the German botanist Johann Zinn.
ZINON   m   Greek
Modern Greek form of Zenon (see ZENO).
ZINOVIA   f   Greek
Modern Greek form of ZENOBIA.
ZINOVIY   m   Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of the Greek name Ζηνοβιος (Zenobios), the masculine form of ZENOBIA.
ZINOVIYA   f   Russian (Rare), Ukrainian (Rare)
Russian and Ukrainian form of ZENOBIA.
ZINOVY   m   Russian
Variant transcription of ZINOVIY.
ZION   m   Jewish, Biblical
From the name of a citadel which was in the center of Jerusalem. Zion is also used to refer to a Jewish homeland and to heaven.
ZIPPORAH   f   Biblical, Hebrew
From the Hebrew name צִפּוֹרָה (Tzipporah), derived from צִפּוֹר (tzippor) meaning "bird". In the Old Testament this is the name of the Midianite wife of Moses. She was the daughter of the priest Jethro.
ZISEL   f   Yiddish
Variant of SISEL.
ZISKA   f   German
Short form of FRANZISKA.
ZITA (1)   f   Italian, Portuguese, German, Czech, Slovak
Means "little girl" in Tuscan Italian. This was the name of a 13th-century saint, the patron saint of servants.
ZITA (2)   f   Hungarian
Diminutive of FELICITÁS.
ZIV   m & f   Hebrew
Means "bright, radiant" in Hebrew. This was the ancient name of the second month of the Jewish calendar.
ŽIVA   f   Slavic Mythology, Slovene
Means "living, alive" in Slavic. This was the name of a Slavic goddess associated with life, fertility and spring.
ZIVA   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of ZIV.
ZIVIT   f   Hebrew
Feminine form of ZIV.
ŽIVKA   f   Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian feminine form of ZHIVKO.
ŽIVKO   m   Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of ZHIVKO.
ZİYA   m   Turkish
Turkish form of ZIYA.
ZIYA   m   Arabic
Derived from Arabic ضياء (diya) meaning "splendour, light, glow". This was the name of a 14th-century Islamic Indian historian.
ZIYA AL-DIN   m   Arabic
Means "splendour of religion" from Arabic ضياء (diya) "splendour, light, glow" combined with دين (din) "religion, faith".
ZIYAD   m   Arabic
Means "growth" in Arabic.
ZİYAEDDİN   m   Turkish
Turkish form of ZIYA AL-DIN.
ZİYNET   f   Turkish
Turkish form of ZINAT.
ZLATAN   m   Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Slovene
Means "golden", a derivative of the Slavic word zlato "gold".
ZLATICA   f   Croatian, Czech, Slovak
Diminutive of ZLATA.
ZLOTA   f   Jewish (Rare)
From Polish złoto "gold", used as translation of Yiddish Golda.
ZOE   f   English, Italian, Ancient Greek
Means "life" in Greek. From early times it was adopted by Hellenized Jews as a translation of EVE. It was borne by two early Christian saints, one martyred under emperor Hadrian, the other martyred under Diocletian. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by a ruling empress of the 11th century. As an English name, Zoe has only been in use since the 19th century. It has generally been more common among Eastern Christians (in various spellings).
ZOÉ   f   French
French form of ZOE.
ZOË   f   Dutch, English
Dutch form and English variant of ZOE.
ZOEY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of ZOE.
ŽOFIA   f   Slovak
Slovak form of SOPHIA.
ZOFIA   f   Polish
Polish form of SOPHIA.
ŽOFIE   f   Czech
Czech form of SOPHIA.
ZOHAR   m & f   Hebrew
Means "light, brilliance" in Hebrew.
ZOI   f   Greek
Modern Greek form of ZOE.
ZOIE   f   English (Modern)
Variant of ZOE.
ZOJA   f   Latvian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Latvian, Serbian, Croatian and Macedonian form of ZOE.
ZOLA (1)   f   English
Meaning unknown, perhaps an invented name. It has been in occasional use in the English-speaking world since the 19th century. It coincides with an Italian surname, a famous bearer being the French-Italian author Émile Zola (1840-1902).
ZOLA (2)   f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "quiet, tranquil" in Zulu.
ZOLTÁN   m   Hungarian
Possibly related to the Turkish title sultan meaning "king, sultan". This was the name of a 10th-century ruler of Hungary, also known as Zsolt.
ZONA   f   Various
Means "girdle, belt" in Greek. This name was made popular by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Zona Gale.
ZOPYROS   m   Ancient Greek
Means "glowing" in Greek. This was the name of a Persian nobleman who aided his king Darius in the capture of Babylon. He did this by mutilating himself and then going to the Babylonians claiming that it had been Darius who did it to him. After gaining their trust he betrayed them.
ZORA   f   Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian
From a South and West Slavic word meaning "dawn, aurora".
ZORAIDA   f   Spanish
Perhaps means "enchanting" or "dawn" in Arabic. This was the name of a minor 12th-century Spanish saint, a convert from Islam. The name was used by Cervantes for a character in his novel 'Don Quixote' (1606), in which Zoraida is a beautiful Moorish woman of Algiers who converts to Christianity and elopes with a Spanish officer.
ZORAN   m   Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
Masculine form of ZORA.
ZORANA   f   Croatian, Serbian
Feminine form of ZORAN.
ZORICA   f   Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Serbian, Croatian and Macedonian diminutive of ZORA.
ZORION   m & f   Basque
Means "happiness" in Basque.
ZORIONE   f   Basque
Feminine form of ZORION.
ZORNITSA   f   Bulgarian
Means "morning star" in Bulgarian.
ZOROASTER   m   History
Greek form of ZARATHUSTRA.
ZOSIA   f   Polish
Diminutive of ZOFIA.
ZOSIME   f   Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Zosimos (see ZOSIMUS).
ZOSIMOS   m   Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of ZOSIMUS.
ZOSIMUS   m   Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ζωσιμος (Zosimos), a Greek name derived from ζωσιμος (zosimos) meaning "viable" or "likely to survive". This was the name of several early saints and a pope.
ZOTICUS   m   Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ζωτικος (Zotikos), derived from ζωτικος (zotikos) meaning "full of life". This was the name of several early saints.
ZOTIKOS   m   Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of ZOTICUS.
ZOWIE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of ZOE.
ZOYA   f   Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of ZOE.
ZRINKA   f   Croatian
Possibly from Zrin, the name of a village in Croatia.
ZSANETT   f   Hungarian
Hungarian form of JEANNETTE.
ZSAZSA   f   Hungarian
Diminutive of ZSUZSANNA.
ZSIGA   m   Hungarian
Diminutive of ZSIGMOND.
ZSIGMOND   m   Hungarian
Hungarian form of SIGMUND.
ZSÓFIA   f   Hungarian
Hungarian form of SOPHIA.
ZSÓFIKA   f   Hungarian
Diminutive of ZSÓFIA.
ZSÓKA   f   Hungarian
Diminutive of ERZSÉBET.
ZSOLT   m   Hungarian
Old variant of ZOLTÁN.
ZSOMBOR   m   Hungarian
Possibly of Turkic origin meaning "bison".
ZSUZSA   f   Hungarian
Diminutive of ZSUZSANNA.
ZSUZSANNA   f   Hungarian
Hungarian form of SUSANNA.
ZSUZSI   f   Hungarian
Diminutive of ZSUZSANNA.
ZUAN   m   Medieval Italian
Medieval Venetian form of JOHN.
ZUBAIDA   f   Arabic
Means "elite, prime, cream" in Arabic.
ZUBERI   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "strong" in Swahili.
ZÜBEYDE   f   Turkish
Turkish form of ZUBAIDA.
ZUBIN   m   Persian
Variant of ZHUBIN.
ZULA (1)   f   Polish (Rare)
Polish diminutive of ZUZANNA.
ZULA (2)   f   English
Meaning unknown. It has been in use since the 19th century. It is possibly related to the name of the African tribe that lives largely in South Africa, the Zulus. In the 19th century the Zulus were a powerful nation under their leader Shaka.
ZULAYKHA   f   Arabic
Arabic form of ZULEIKA.
ZULEIKA   f   Literature
Possibly means "brilliant beauty" in Persian. According to medieval legends this was the name of Potiphar's wife in the Bible. She has been a frequent subject of poems and tales.
ZULEKHA   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of ZULAYKHA.
ZULFAQAR   m   Arabic
Variant of ZULFIQAR.
ZÜLFİKAR   m   Turkish
Turkish form of ZULFIQAR.
ZULFIKAR   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of ZULFIQAR.
ZULFIQAR   m   Arabic
From Arabic ذو الفقار (Dhu al-Fiqar) meaning "cleaver of the spine". This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad's sword, also used by his son-in-law Ali.
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