Feminine Names

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ZELDA (2)fEnglish
Short form of GRISELDA.
Feminine form of SELIG.
German diminutive of MARCELLA.
Variant of SELMA.
ZELPHAfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of ZILPAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
Azerbaijani form of ZEMFIRA.
ZEMFIRAfTatar, Bashkir, Literature
Meaning unknown, possibly of Romani origin. This name was (first?) used by Aleksandr Pushkin in his poem 'The Gypsies' (1827).
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.
ZENAIDAfLate 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.
French form of ZENAIDA.
ZENAISfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek variant of ZENAIDA.
ZENOBIAfAncient 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. Her Greek name was used as an approximation of her native Aramaic name.
Modern Greek form of ZENOBIA.
Diminutive of KRESZENZ.
ZÉPHYRINEfFrench (Rare)
French feminine form of Zephyrinus (see ZEFERINO).
Azerbaijani form of ZAYNAB.
ZEYNABfPersian, Azerbaijani
Variant transcription of ZEINAB (Persian) or ZEYNƏB (Azerbaijani).
Turkish form of ZAYNAB.
ZHAKLINAfMacedonian, Bulgarian
Macedonian and Bulgarian form of JACQUELINE.
Means "dew" or "hoarfrost" in Persian.
Russian form of JEANNE.
Diminutive of ZHANNA.
ZHENf & mChinese
From Chinese (zhēn) meaning "precious, rare", (zhēn) meaning "real, genuine", (zhēn) meaning "virtuous, chaste, loyal", or other Chinese characters which are pronounced similarly.
ZHENGm & fChinese
From Chinese (zhèng) meaning "right, proper, correct" or (zhèng) meaning "government", as well as other hanja characters with a similar pronunciation.
ZHENYAf & mRussian, Bulgarian
Russian diminutive of YEVGENIYA or YEVGENIY or a Bulgarian diminutive of EVGENIYA.
ZHIm & fChinese
From Chinese (zhì) meaning "will, purpose, ambition" or (zhì) meaning "wisdom, intellect", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly.
ZHIHAOm & fChinese
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.
ZHIVKAfBulgarian, Macedonian
Feminine form of ZHIVKO.
ZHONGm & fChinese
From Chinese (zhōng) meaning "middle" or (zhōng) meaning "loyalty, devotion". Other characters can form this name as well.
ZHOUm & fChinese
From Chinese (zhōu) meaning "boat, ship", in addition to other characters which are pronounced similarly.
Means "star" in Kazakh.
ZHYRGALm & fKyrgyz
Variant transcription of JYRGAL.
ZIBA (1)fPersian
Means "beautiful" in Persian.
Means "roe, deer" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the mother of King Joash of Judah.
ZIFAfTatar, Bashkir
Tatar and Bashkir form of ZIBA (1).
German diminutive of CECILIA.
Means "shade" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she is the second wife of Lamech.
ZILPAfBiblical Spanish, Biblical French, Biblical Italian, Biblical Dutch
Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch form of ZILPAH.
ZILPAHfBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "frailty" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the handmaid who was given to Jacob by Leah.
Short form of ZINAIDA.
Russian form of ZENAIDA.
ZINATfArabic, Persian
Means "ornament" in Arabic.
ZINNIAfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which was itself named for the German botanist Johann Zinn.
Modern Greek form of ZENOBIA.
ZINOVIYAfRussian (Rare), Ukrainian (Rare)
Russian and Ukrainian form of ZENOBIA.
ZIPPORAHfBiblical, 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.
Variant of SISEL.
Short form of FRANZISKA.
ZITA (1)fItalian, Portuguese, German, Czech, Slovak
Means "little girl" in Tuscan Italian. This was the name of a 13th-century saint, the patron saint of servants.
ZITKALAfNative American, Sioux
Means "bird" in Lakota.
ZIVm & fHebrew
Means "bright, radiant" in Hebrew. This was the ancient name of the second month of the Jewish calendar.
ŽIVAfSlavic Mythology, Slovene
Means "living, alive" in Slavic. This was the name of a Slavic goddess associated with life, fertility and spring.
Feminine form of ZIV.
Feminine form of ZIV.
ŽIVKAfCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian feminine form of ZHIVKO.
Turkish form of ZINAT.
ZLOTAfJewish (Rare)
From Polish złoto "gold", used as translation of Yiddish Golda.
ZOEfEnglish, 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).
ZOÉfFrench, Hungarian
French and Hungarian form of ZOE.
ZOËfDutch, English
Dutch form and English variant of ZOE.
Slovak form of SOPHIA.
Polish form of SOPHIA.
Czech form of SOPHIA.
ZOHARm & fHebrew
Means "light, brilliance" in Hebrew.
Modern Greek form of ZOE.
ZOJAfLatvian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Latvian, Serbian, Croatian and Macedonian form of ZOE.
ZOLA (1)fEnglish
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)fSouthern African, Zulu
Means "quiet, tranquil" in Zulu.
Means "girdle, belt" in Greek. This name was made popular by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Zona Gale.
ZORAfCzech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian
From a South and West Slavic word meaning "dawn, aurora".
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.
ZORANAfCroatian, Serbian
Feminine form of ZORAN.
ZORICAfSerbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Serbian, Croatian and Macedonian diminutive of ZORA.
ZORIONm & fBasque
Means "happiness" in Basque.
Feminine form of ZORION.
Means "morning star" in Bulgarian.
Diminutive of ZOFIA.
ZOSIMEfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Zosimos (see ZOSIMUS).
ZOYAfRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of ZOE.
Possibly from Zrin, the name of a village in Croatia, or from the noble Zrinski family which originated there.
Hungarian form of JEANNETTE.
Diminutive of ZSUZSANNA.
Hungarian form of SOPHIA.
Diminutive of ZSÓFIA.
Diminutive of ERZSÉBET.
Diminutive of ZSUZSANNA.
Hungarian form of SUSANNA.
Diminutive of ZSUZSANNA.
Means "elite, prime, cream" in Arabic.
Turkish form of ZUBAIDA.
ZULA (1)fPolish (Rare)
Polish diminutive of ZUZANNA.
ZULA (2)fEnglish
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.
Arabic form of ZULEIKA.
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.
Variant transcription of ZULAYKHA.
ZURIfEastern African, Swahili
Means "beautiful" in Swahili.
Derived from Basque zuri "white".
Means "sweet" in Yiddish.
ZUZAfSlovak, Polish
Slovak and Polish diminutive of SUSANNA.
ZUZANAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of SUSANNA.
ZUZANKAfCzech, Slovak
Diminutive of ZUZANA.
ZUZANNAfPolish, Latvian (Rare)
Polish and Latvian form of SUSANNA.
Polish diminutive of ZUZANNA.
ZUZKAfCzech, Slovak
Diminutive of ZUZANA.
ZVEZDANAfSerbian, Slovene
Serbian and Slovene form of ZVJEZDANA.
Derived from Croatian zvijezda meaning "star".
Feminine form of ZVONIMIR.
ZYANYAfNative American, Zapotec
Means "forever, always" in Zapotec.
From Lithuanian žydra meaning "light blue".
Possibly a Polish form of ZITA (1), or possibly a short form of FELICYTA.