Names Starting with Z

gender
usage
Zoilus m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ζωΐλος (Zoilos), derived from ζωή (zoe) meaning "life". This name was borne by a 4th-century BC Greek philosopher known as a critic of Homer, and also by two Indo-Greek kings. Saint Zoilus was martyred at Córdoba, Spain during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century.
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".
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.
Zona f Various
Means "girdle, belt" in Greek. This name was made popular by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Zona Gale.
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.
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.
Zoran m Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
Masculine form of Zora.
Zorana f Croatian, Serbian
Feminine form of Zoran.
Zorica f Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Serbian, Croatian and Macedonian diminutive of Zora.
Zorion m Basque
Means "happiness" in Basque.
Zorione f Basque
Feminine form of Zorion.
Zornitsa f Bulgarian
Means "morning star" in Bulgarian.
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.
Zosia f Polish
Diminutive of Zofia.
Zosime f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Zosimos (see Zosimus).
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.
Zoubida f Arabic (Maghrebi)
Form of Zubaida chiefly used in Northern Africa (using French-influenced orthography).
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.
Zrinko m Croatian
Masculine form of Zrinka.
Zsanett f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Jeannette.
Zselyke f Hungarian
Possibly a Hungarian form of Željka.
Zsigmond m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Sigmund.
Zsófia f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Sophia.
Zsóka f Hungarian
Diminutive of Erzsébet or Zsófia.
Zsolt m Hungarian
Old variant of Zoltán.
Zsombor m Hungarian
Possibly of Turkic origin meaning "bison, wisent".
Zsuzsa f Hungarian
Diminutive of Zsuzsanna.
Zsuzsanna f Hungarian
Hungarian form of Susanna.
Zsuzsi f Hungarian
Diminutive of Zsuzsanna.
Zuan m Medieval Italian
Medieval Venetian form of John.
Zubaida f Arabic, Urdu
Means "elite, prime, cream" in Arabic. This was the name of a 9th-century wife of Harun al-Rashid, the Abbasid caliph featured in the stories of The 1001 Nights.
Zubair m Arabic, Urdu
Derived from Arabic زبر (zubar) meaning "iron". Zubair ibn al-Awwam was a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad and an early Muslim military commander.
Zübeyde f Turkish
Turkish form of Zubaida.
Zubin m Indian (Parsi)
Possibly a Parsi form of Chobin.
Zuhura f Eastern African, Swahili, Dhivehi
Means "Venus (the planet)" in Swahili and Dhivehi (both from Arabic زهرة).
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.
Zuleima f Spanish
Variant of Zulema.
Zulekha f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic زليخا (see Zulaykha).
Zulema f Spanish
Possibly a Spanish feminine form of Sulayman.
Züleyha f Turkish
Turkish form of Zuleika.
Zülfikar m Turkish
Turkish form of Zulfiqar.
Zulfikar m Arabic, Urdu, Indonesian
Alternate transcription of Arabic/Urdu ذو الفقار (see Zulfiqar), as well as the Indonesian form.
Zulfiqar m Arabic, Urdu
From Arabic ذو الفقار (Dhu al-Faqar) interpreted as meaning "cleaver of the spine", derived from ذو (dhu) meaning "possessor, holder" and فقار (faqar) meaning "spine, vertebra". This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad's sword, also used by his son-in-law Ali.
Zümra f Turkish
From Turkish zümrüt meaning "emerald", derived via Arabic from Greek σμάραγδος (smaragdos).
Zurab m Georgian
Georgian form of Sohrab.
Zuri f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "beautiful" in Swahili.
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.
Zuriñe f Basque
Derived from Basque zuri "white". This is a Basque equivalent of Blanca.
Zusa f Yiddish (Rare)
Means "sweet" in Yiddish.
Zusman m Yiddish (Rare)
Means "sweet man" in Yiddish.
Zuza f Slovak, Polish
Slovak and Polish diminutive of Susanna.
Zuzana f Czech, Slovak, Lithuanian
Czech, Slovak and Lithuanian form of Susanna.
Zuzanka f Czech, Slovak
Diminutive of Zuzana.
Zuzanna f Polish, Latvian (Rare)
Polish and Latvian form of Susanna.
Zuzen m Basque
Means "just, fair" in Basque.
Zuzia f Polish
Polish diminutive of Zuzanna.
Zuzka f Czech, Slovak
Diminutive of Zuzana.
Zvezdana f Serbian, Slovene
Serbian and Slovene form of Zvjezdana.
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.
Zvjezdana f Croatian
Derived from Croatian zvijezda meaning "star".
Zvonimir m Croatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements zvonu "sound, chime" and miru "peace, world".
Zvonimira f Croatian
Feminine form of Zvonimir.
Zvonko m Croatian
Diminutive of Zvonimir.
Zyanya f Indigenous American, Zapotec
Possibly means "forever, always" in Zapotec. It appears in the novel Aztec (1980) by the American author Gary Jennings.
Žydrė f Lithuanian
From Lithuanian žydra meaning "light blue".
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.
Zyta f Polish
Possibly a Polish form of Zita 1, or possibly a short form of Felicyta.