English Names

English names are used in English-speaking countries. See also about English names.
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ZAVIAfEnglish (Rare)
Modern feminine form of XAVIER.
ZAYDENmEnglish (Modern)
An invented name, using the popular aden suffix sound found in such names as Braden, Hayden and Aidan.
ZECHARIAHmBiblical, English
From the Hebrew name זְכַרְיָה (Zekharyah) meaning "YAHWEH remembers", from זָכַר (zakhar) meaning "to remember" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of many characters in the Old Testament, including the prophet Zechariah, the author of the Book of Zechariah. The name also appears in the New Testament belonging to the father of John the Baptist, who was temporarily made dumb because of his disbelief. He is regarded as a saint by Christians. In some versions of the New Testament his name is spelled in the Greek form Zacharias or the English form Zachary. As an English given name, Zechariah has been in occasional use since the Protestant Reformation.
ZEDmEnglish
Short form of ZEDEKIAH.
ZEKEmEnglish
Short form of EZEKIEL.
ZELDA (2)fEnglish
Short form of GRISELDA.
ZELMAfEnglish
Variant of SELMA.
ZENAfEnglish
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.
ZEPHmEnglish
Short form of ZEPHANIAH.
ZINNIAfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the flower, which was itself named for the German botanist Johann Zinn.
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).
ZOËfDutch, English
Dutch form and English variant 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).
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.