Feminine Names

gender
usage
ŽANNA f Latvian
Latvian form of JEANNE.
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.
ZARAMAMA f Incan Mythology
Means "grain mother" in Quechua. This was the name of the Inca goddess of grain.
ZARAY f Arabic
Possibly a variant of ZAHRAH.
ZAREEN f Urdu
Variant of ZARINA.
ZARIA f English (Modern)
Possibly based on ZAHRAH or the Nigerian city of Zaria.
ZARINA f Kazakh, Urdu, Malay
From Persian زرین (zarin) meaning "golden". According to the 5th-century BC Greek historian Ctesias, this was the name of a Scythian queen.
ZARJA f Slovene
Slovene variant of ZORA.
ZAVIA f English (Rare)
Modern feminine form of XAVIER.
ZAYA f Mongolian
Means "fate, destiny" in Mongolian.
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.
ZDENA f Czech
Czech feminine variant of ZDENKO.
ZDEŇKA f Czech
Czech feminine form of ZDENKO.
ZDENKA f Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Czech
Feminine form of ZDENKO.
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.
ZDZISŁAWA f Polish
Feminine form of ZDZISŁAW.
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).
ZEENAT f Urdu
Usual Urdu transcription of ZINAT.
ZEHRA f Turkish
Turkish form of ZAHRA.
ZEINAB f Persian
Persian form of ZAYNAB.
ZEJNEB f Bosnian
Bosnian form of ZAYNAB.
ZEKİYE f Turkish
Feminine form of ZEKİ.
ZELDA (1) f Yiddish
Possibly a feminine form of ZELIG.
ZELDA (2) f English
Short form of GRISELDA.
ZELDE f Yiddish (Rare)
Possibly a feminine form of ZELIG.
ZÉLIE f French
Short form of AZÉLIE. This is another name of Saint Marie-Azélie Guérin (1831-1877).
ŽELJKA f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Feminine form of ŽELJKO.
ZELLA f English
Meaning unknown, possibly an invented name. It arose in the 19th century.
ZELMA f English
Variant of SELMA (1).
ZELPHA f Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of ZILPAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
ZEMFİRA f Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of ZEMFIRA.
ZEMFIRA f Tatar, Bashkir, 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 Ζηναΐς (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.
ZENOBIA f Ancient Greek
Means "life of Zeus", derived from Greek Ζηνός (Zenos) meaning "of ZEUS" and βίος (bios) meaning "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.
ZENOVIA f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Ζηνοβία (see ZINOVIA).
ZENZI f German
Diminutive of KRESZENZ.
ZÉPHYRINE f French (Rare)
French feminine form of Zephyrinus (see ZEFERINO).
ZERINA f Bosnian
Bosnian form of ZARINA.
ZEYNƏB f Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of ZAYNAB.
ZEYNAB f Persian, Azerbaijani
Alternate transcription of Persian زینب (see ZEINAB) or Azerbaijani ZEYNƏB.
ZEYNEP f Turkish
Turkish form of ZAYNAB.
ZHAKLINA f Macedonian, Bulgarian
Macedonian and Bulgarian form of JACQUELINE.
ZHALEH f Persian
Means "dew" or "hoarfrost" in Persian.
ZHANNA f Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian form of JEANNE.
ZHANNOCHKA f Russian
Diminutive of ZHANNA.
ZHEN f & m Chinese
From Chinese (zhēn) meaning "precious, rare", (zhēn) meaning "real, genuine", (zhēn) meaning "virtuous, chaste, loyal", or other Chinese characters that 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 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, Lithuanian, Latvian
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 Indigenous 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, Czech, 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.... [more]
ZOÉ f French, Hungarian
French and Hungarian form of ZOE.
ZOÈ f Catalan
Catalan form of ZOE.
ZOË f Dutch, English
Dutch form and English 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, Lithuanian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
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.
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, Belarusian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian 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.
ZSELYKE f Hungarian
Possibly a Hungarian form of ŽELJKA.
ZSÓFIA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of SOPHIA.
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 σμάραγδος (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 Indigenous 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.