Feminine Names

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ZHI m & f Chinese
From Chinese (zhì) meaning "will, purpose, ambition" or (zhì) meaning "wisdom, intellect", as well as other characters that 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.
ZHIVKA f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Feminine form of ZHIVKO.
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 that are pronounced similarly.
ZHULDYZ f Kazakh
Means "star" in Kazakh.
ZHYRGAL m & f Kyrgyz
Alternate transcription of Kyrgyz Жыргал (see JYRGAL).
ZIBA (1) f Persian
Means "beautiful" in Persian.
ZIBIAH f Biblical
Means "gazelle" or "doe" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the mother of King Joash of Judah.
ZIFA f Tatar, Bashkir
Tatar and Bashkir form of ZIBA (1).
ZILLA f German (Rare)
Diminutive of CÄCILIE.
ZILLAH f Biblical
Means "shade" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament she is the second wife of Lamech.
ZILPA f Biblical Spanish, Biblical French, Biblical Italian, Biblical Dutch
Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch form of ZILPAH.
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.
ZINA f Russian
Short form of ZINAIDA.
ZINAIDA f Russian
Russian form of ZENAIDA.
ZINAT f Persian
Means "ornament" in Persian (of Arabic origin).
ZINNIA f English (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which was itself named for the German botanist Johann Zinn.
ZINOVIA f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of ZENOBIA.
ZINOVIYA f Russian (Rare), Ukrainian (Rare)
Russian and Ukrainian form of ZENOBIA.
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 (Rare)
From Yiddish זיס (zis) meaning "sweet".
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.
ZITKALA f Native American, Sioux
Means "bird" in Lakota.
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.
ZİYNET f Turkish
Turkish form of ZINAT.
ZLATICA f Croatian, Slovak
Diminutive of ZLATA.
ZLATKA f Bulgarian
Diminutive of ZLATA.
ZLATUŠE f Czech
Diminutive of ZLATA.
ZLOTA f Jewish (Rare)
From Polish złoto "gold", used as a translation of Yiddish Golda.
ZOE f English, Italian, German, 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, Hungarian
French and Hungarian form of ZOE.
ZOÈ f Catalan
Catalan form of ZOE.
ZOË f Dutch, English, German
Dutch form and English and German 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 transcription of ZOE.
ZOJA f Latvian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Slovene
Form of ZOE in several languages.
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 & m Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa root -zola meaning "calm".
ZONA f Various
Means "girdle, belt" in Greek. This name was made popular by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Zona Gale.
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.
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.
ZOSIA f Polish
Diminutive of ZOFIA.
ZOSIME f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Zosimos (see ZOSIMUS).
ZOWIE f English (Rare)
Variant of ZOE.
ZOYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of ZOE.
ZRINKA f Croatian
Possibly from Zrin, the name of a village in Croatia, or from the noble Zrinski family that originated there.
ZSANETT f Hungarian
Hungarian form of JEANNETTE.
ZSAZSA f Hungarian
Diminutive of ZSUZSANNA.
ZSELYKE f Hungarian
Possibly a Hungarian form of ŽELJKA.
ZSÓFIA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of SOPHIA.
ZSÓFIKA f Hungarian
Diminutive of ZSÓFIA.
ZSÓKA f Hungarian
Diminutive of ERZSÉBET.
ZSUZSA f Hungarian
Diminutive of ZSUZSANNA.
ZSUZSANNA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of SUSANNA.
ZSUZSI f Hungarian
Diminutive of ZSUZSANNA.
ZUBAIDA f Arabic
Means "elite, prime, cream" in Arabic.
ZÜBEYDE f Turkish
Turkish form of ZUBAIDA.
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 (Rare)
Arabic form of ZULEIKA.
ZULEIKA f Literature
Meaning uncertain, possibly of Arabic origin. According to medieval tradition, notably related by the 15th-century Persian poet Jami, this was the name of the biblical Potiphar's wife. She has been a frequent subject of poems and tales.
ZULEKHA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic زليخا (see ZULAYKHA).
ZÜLEYHA f Turkish
Turkish form of ZULEIKA.
ZÜMRA f Turkish
From Turkish zümrüt meaning "emerald", derived via Arabic from Greek σμαραγδος (smaragdos).
ZURI f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "beautiful" in Swahili.
ZURIÑE f Basque
Derived from Basque zuri "white".
ZUSA f Yiddish (Rare)
Means "sweet" in Yiddish.
ZUZA f Slovak, Polish
Slovak and Polish diminutive of SUSANNA.
ZUZANA f Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of SUSANNA.
ZUZANKA f Czech, Slovak
Diminutive of ZUZANA.
ZUZANNA f Polish, Latvian (Rare)
Polish and Latvian form of SUSANNA.
ZUZIA f Polish
Polish diminutive of ZUZANNA.
ZUZKA f Czech, Slovak
Diminutive of ZUZANA.
ZVEZDANA f Serbian, Slovene
Serbian and Slovene form of ZVJEZDANA.
ZVJEZDANA f Croatian
Derived from Croatian zvijezda meaning "star".
ZVONIMIRA f Croatian
Feminine form of ZVONIMIR.
ZYANYA f Native American, Zapotec
Means "forever, always" in Zapotec.
ŽYDRĖ f Lithuanian
From Lithuanian žydra meaning "light blue".
ZYTA f Polish
Possibly a Polish form of ZITA (1), or possibly a short form of FELICYTA.
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