Masculine Names

gender
usage
Zephaniel m Judeo-Christian Legend
From Hebrew צָפַן (tzafan) meaning "to hide" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". This is the name of an angel in medieval Jewish mysticism.
Zephyr m Greek Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Greek Ζέφυρος (Zephyros) meaning "west wind". Zephyros was the Greek god of the west wind.
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. His name is sometimes rendered as Sarakiel.
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.
Zétény m Hungarian
Possibly from the old Slavic root zeti meaning "son-in-law".
Zeus m Greek Mythology
The name of a Greek god, related to the old Indo-European god *Dyeus, from a root meaning "sky" or "shine". 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
Alternate transcription of Hebrew זְאֵב (see Zeev).
Zezé m Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of José.
Zharko m Macedonian
Alternate transcription of Macedonian Жарко (see Žarko).
Zhelimir m Medieval Slavic (Hypothetical)
Possible medieval Slavic form of Želimir.
Zhelyazko m Bulgarian
Derived from Bulgarian желязо (zhelyazo) meaning "iron".
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.
Zhirayr m Armenian
Means "strong, active" in Armenian.
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 that are pronounced similarly.
Zhubin m Persian (Rare)
Possibly a variant of چوبین (see Chobin).
Zhyrgal m & f Kyrgyz
Alternate transcription of Kyrgyz Жыргал (see Jyrgal).
Zia m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic ضياء (see Ziya).
Ziad m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic زياد (see Ziyad).
Ziaeddin m Persian
Persian form of Ziya al-Din.
Ziauddin m Arabic, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Arabic ضياء الدين (see Ziya al-Din), as well as the usual Urdu transcription.
Ziba 2 m Biblical
Means "station" in Hebrew. This was the name of a servant of Saul in the Old Testament.
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.
Žiga m Slovene
Slovene form of Sigmund.
Zigmārs m Latvian
Latvian form of Siegmar.
Žigmund m Slovak
Slovak form of Sigmund.
Zigor m Basque
Means "punishment" in Basque.
Zikmund m Czech
Czech form of Sigmund.
Zikomo m Southern African, Chewa
Means "thank you" in Chewa.
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.
Zinedine m Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Arabic زين الدين (see Zayn ad-Din) chiefly used in Northern Africa. A famous bearer is the French soccer player Zinedine Zidane (1972-), who was born to Algerian parents.
Zinon m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of Ζήνων (see Zeno).
Zinoviy m Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of the Greek name Ζηνόβιος (Zenobios), the masculine form of Zenobia.
Zinovy m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Зиновий (see Zinoviy).
Zion m Jewish, Biblical
From the name of a citadel that was in the center of Jerusalem. Zion is also used to refer to a Jewish homeland and to heaven.
Ziv m & f Hebrew
Means "bright, radiant" in Hebrew. This was the ancient name of the second month of the Jewish calendar.
Živko m Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of Zhivko.
Ziya m Arabic, Turkish
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) meaning "splendour, light, glow" combined with دين (din) meaning "religion, faith".
Ziyad m Arabic
Means "growth" in Arabic.
Ziyaeddin m Turkish (Rare)
Turkish variant form of Ziya al-Din.
Ziyaettin m Turkish
Turkish form of Ziya al-Din.
Ziya ur-Rahman m Arabic
Means "splendour of the merciful" from Arabic ضياء (diya) meaning "splendour, light, glow" combined with رحمن (rahman) meaning "merciful".
Zlatan m Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Slovene
Means "golden", a derivative of the Slavic word zlato "gold".
Zohar m & f Hebrew
Means "light, brilliance" in Hebrew.
Zola 2 f & m Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa root -zola meaning "calm".
Zoltán m Hungarian, Slovak
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.
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.
Zoran m Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
Masculine form of Zora.
Zorion m Basque
Means "happiness" in Basque.
Zoroaster m History
Greek form of Zarathustra.
Zorro m Literature, Popular Culture
Means "fox" in Spanish. This is the name of a masked vigilante created by writer Johnston McCulley in 1919 for a series of books, later adapted into movies and television.
Zosimos m Ancient Greek
Greek form of Zosimus.
Zosimus m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ζώσιμος (Zosimos), a Greek name derived from ζώσιμος (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 Ζωτικός (Zotikos), derived from ζωτικός (zotikos) meaning "full of life". This was the name of several early saints.
Zotikos m Ancient Greek
Greek form of Zoticus.
Zrinko m Croatian
Masculine form of Zrinka.
Zsigmond m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Sigmund.
Zsolt m Hungarian
Old variant of Zoltán.
Zsombor m Hungarian
Possibly of Turkic origin meaning "bison".
Zuan m Medieval Italian
Medieval Venetian form of John.
Zuberi m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "strong" in Swahili.
Zubin m Indian (Parsi)
Possibly a Parsi form of Chobin.
Zulfaqar m Arabic
Variant of Zulfiqar.
Zülfikar m Turkish
Turkish form of Zulfiqar.
Zulfikar m Arabic, Indonesian
Alternate transcription of Arabic ذو الفقار (see Zulfiqar), as well as the Indonesian form.
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.
Zurab m Georgian
Georgian form of Sohrab.
Zuriel m Biblical
Means "my rock is God" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name is borne by a chief of the Merarite Levites at the time of the Exodus.
Zusman m Yiddish (Rare)
Means "sweet man" in Yiddish.
Zuzen m Basque
Means "just, fair" in Basque.
Zvi m Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew צְבִי (see Tzvi).
Zviad m Georgian
Derived from Georgian ზვიადი (zviadi) meaning "proud, arrogant".
Zviadi m Georgian
Form of Zviad with the nominative suffix, used when the name is written stand-alone.
Zvonimir m Croatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements zvonu "sound, chime" and miru "peace, world".
Zvonko m Croatian
Diminutive of Zvonimir.
Žydrūnas m Lithuanian
From Lithuanian žydra meaning "light blue" (using the patronymic suffix ūnas).
Zygfryd m Polish
Polish form of Siegfried.
Zygmunt m Polish
Polish form of Sigmund.