Baby Names: Names Starting with Z

Baby Names Starting with Z

ZACHARY: From the Hebrew for "God remembers" or "renowned is God." Zachary is a newcomer to the top-fifty most popular boys' names in the United States, first becoming noticeable in the eighties. Relatives: Zacharias, Zakary, Zacarius, Zaccheus, Zaccaria, Zachariah, Zechairah, Zackry, Zach, Zack, Zak. Namesakes: Saint Zachary, Zachary Taylor.

ZANE: A variation of John. Buy this baby cowboy boots and typewriter. Namesake: Zane Grey.

ZARA: Hebrew for "dawn" and Arabic for "princess." An unusual shift from the more standard Sara. Princess Anne and Mark Phillips chose this name for their daughter. Relatives: Zarah, Zarry, Zari, Zerlinda.

ZEBULON: From the Hebrew for "home." This may sound like an Italian desert, but it has a pleasant derivation. Namesake: Zebulon Weaver.

ZELDA: An abbreviated version of Griselda. For baby boomers, Zelda will forever be associated with "Dobie Gills." Namesake: Zelda Fitzgerald.

ZENOBIA: From the Greek for "of Zeus." Zenobia was the queen of Palmyra in the third century and was the epitome of ambitious zeal. Relatives: Zenobie, Zena, Zenna, Zenina.

ZEPHYR: From the Greek for "wind." According to ancient mythology, Zephyr was the god of the west wind. This is really quite pretty. Namesake: "Zephyr" (monkey in the Babar books).

ZERA: From the Hebrew for "seeds." Relative: Zero. Namesake: Zero Mostel.

ZEV: From the Hebrew for "deer." Since Zachary has become so popular, why not consider the lesser-known "Z's" such as Zev? Relatives: Zvi, Zevie, Zivia, Ziva, Zeva.


ZINNIA: A flower named in honor of J.G. Zinn. Relatives: Zinia, Zin, Zina. Namesake: Zina Garrison.

ZIPPORA: From the Hebrew for "trumpet" or "sparrow." Relatives: Zipporah, Sippora, Sipporah. Namesakes: the wife of Moses, Zippo lighters.

ZOE: From the Greek for "life." A gem of a name with a meaningful derivation. Namesakes: Zoë Wanamaker, Zoe Caldwell.

ZORA: Slavic for "golden dawn." Realtives: Zorah, Zohra, Zarya, Zoranna, Zorina, Zori, Zorie,Zorry, Zorro. Namesakes: Zora Neale Hurston, "Zorro."

ZULEIKA: From the Arabic for "fair-haired." In Max Beerbohm's novel, Zuleika Dobson, the heroine destroys young men with her beauty. Namesakes: wife of Potiphar, Byronic heroine in "The Bride of Abydos."

ZURIEL: Hebrew for "God is my rock." An interesting spin on Muriel.

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