Gender Feminine
Scripts Ζηνοβία(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. ZDEH-NO-BEE-A(Classical Greek)
zə-NO-bee-ə(English)
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Meaning & History

Means "life of Zeus", derived from Greek Ζηνός (Zenos) meaning "of Zeus" and βίος (bios) meaning "life". This was the name of the queen of the Palmyrene Empire, which broke away from Rome in the 3rd-century and began expanding into Roman territory. She was eventually defeated by the emperor Aurelian. Her Greek name was used as an approximation of her native Aramaic name.

Related Names

Masculine FormZenobios
Other Languages & CulturesZenovia, Zinovia(Greek) Zinoviya(Russian) Zinoviya(Ukrainian)
User SubmissionZenóbia

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Images

Queen Zenobia's Last Look Upon Palmyra by Herbert Schmalz (1888)Queen Zenobia's Last Look Upon Palmyra by Herbert Schmalz (1888)

People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   strong   strange   complex   nerdy  

Name Days

Poland: October 30

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Sources & References

  1. Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, available from https://www.lgpn.ox.ac.uk/publications/.

Entry updated April 5, 2022