Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zoilus

Zoilus is the Latinized form of an Ancient Greek male name meaning "alive, living, life", which derives from the same source as Zoe. It derives from PIE root word *gʷeyh₃- (to live). It's the name of an Ancient Greek grammarian, philosopher, and literary critic who was very critical of Homer’s work, so much so that he was known as… Continue reading Zoilus

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Emotion/Feelings, Female, Greek mythology, Jealousy, Mythology, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zelia

Zelia has several possible origins: it could be a variant spelling of Celia, the English form of Caelia, the feminine form of Caelius, an Ancient Roman family name meaning “heaven, sky” from Latin caelum from a Proto-Indo-European root word of uncertain meaning; it's possible that it's also a feminine form of Zelos, an Ancient Greek male name meaning "zeal, ardor, jealousy" also derived… Continue reading Zelia

Female, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zora

Zora comes from a Slavic word meaning "dawn, aurora" derived from Proto-Slavic *zorja (dawn). Nicknames: Zorka (Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian), Zorica (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian) Origin: Proto-Slavic Variants: Zorana (Croatian, Serbian) Zorina (Croatian)   Male forms: Zoran (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian) Zorán (Hungarian) Zorin (Croatian)  

Earth, Elements, Female, Lithuanian mythology, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Word names, Z names

Zemina

Zemina is a Czech and Slovak word meaning "earth, soil" as well as also being a Persian word  (زمینه) meaning "background, setting, context" though spelled Zamin/Zameen (زمین) it's a Persian and Urdu word meaning "earth, land, ground, soil". The name comes from Lithuanian žemė (land, earth) from Proto-Balto-Slavic *źemē (earth) via Proto-Indo-European *dʰéǵʰōm (earth) from *dʰeǵʰ-, the same root word from which Zamin/Zameen comes from. Zemina (also spelled Žemyna) is a… Continue reading Zemina

Ancient Egyptian, Arabic, Elements, Female, Hebrew, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Z names

Zane

Zane is an English surname of unknown meaning though there have been attempts to link it as a shortened form of Zanelli and Zanetti, both Italian surnames deriving from the given name Zani which is the Italian form of John, the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes from Hebrew Yochana meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Other possible origins include: it may have… Continue reading Zane

Ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Female, Hebrew, Nature, Nickname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Z names

Zuzu

Zuzu seems to be a variant form of Zuza, the Czech and Polish nickname for Zuzana, itself the Czech and Slovak form of Susanna which is the Greek form of Hebrew name Shoshannah which means “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”. Zuzu is also a Chinese word or name meaning "full"… Continue reading Zuzu

Hebrew, Male, Nickname names, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zeke

Zeke is a short form of Ezekiel, a Hebrew male name meaning "God strengthens" or "God will strengthen". Origin: Hebrew Variants: Ezekiel (English, Biblical) Iezekiel (Biblical Greek) Yechezkel (Hebrew) Ezechiel (Biblical Latin) Hiezecihel (Biblical Latin) Hesekiel (Finnish) Ezequiel (Spanish, Portuguese) Chatzkel (Yiddish) Haskel (Yiddish)

Hebrew, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zackary

Zackary is a variant spelling of Zachary which is the English form of Hebrew Zechariah meaning "Yahweh remembers" or "Yahweh has remembered". Zackary is also a surname deriving from the given name. Nicknames: Zack/ Zac Origin: Hebrew Variants: Zachary (English) Zachery (English) Zackery (English) Zacharias (English, Greek) Zechariah (English, Hebrew) Zachariah (English) Zakariya (Arabic) Zakariyya (Arabic) Zakaria (Arabic,… Continue reading Zackary

Male, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zenon

Zenon is an Ancient Greek male name which is derived from the name of the Greek god Zeus which which comes from Proto-Indo-European *Dyeus likely meaning “to shine” or “sky, heaven, god”. Zenon is also a Greek, Spanish, and French surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Zeno (Latinized Ancient Greek, Italian)

Earth, Elements, Female, Hebrew, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Water, Z names

Zylphia

Zylphia may be a variant form of Zelpha, itself a form of Zilpah, a Hebrew female name of uncertain meaning though I've seen it as possibly meaning "frailty" or "drop, drip sprinkle, pour".  Zylphia may also be a variant form of Sylvia which comes from the Latin name Silvius meaning "wood, forest" from Latin silva (wood, forest) derived from Proto-Indo-European *swel-, *sel- (beam, board,… Continue reading Zylphia

Hebrew, Male, Mythology, Near East mythology, Ugartic, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zebulon

Zebulon is a name of uncertain etymology though it's been linked to Ugartic zbl meaning "prince", linked to the same root word as Jezebel meaning "where is the prince?" or "not exalted". Zebulon may originally have been used as an epithet for the god Ba'al. Other theories of the name link to Hebrew zabal meaning "to exalt, to honor"; zeved "gift, dowry"; or… Continue reading Zebulon

Battle/War, Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, German/Germanic, Gray, Joy, Nickname names, Virtues/Attributes, Yiddish, Z names

Zelda

Zelda was originally used as a nickname for Griselda, a female given name meaning "gray battle" from Germanic elements gris (gray) and hild (battle), though it's now used as a given name in its own right. Zelda is also a Yiddish name, the feminine form of Selig, meaning "blessed, happy" in Yiddish. Origin: Germanic, Yiddish Variants: Selda (English) Griselda Grizel (Scottish) Griselda… Continue reading Zelda

Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zoe

Zoe is a Greek female name meaning "life", derived from PIE root word *gʷeyh₃- (to live). It was used as a calque of Eve by Jews (a calque being a loan translation of a word or phrase that means the same thing in another language), as well as being the name of several figures in the Ancient world… Continue reading Zoe

Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Thunder/Lightning, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zeus

Zeus is the main god in the Greek pantheon, the god of the sky and thunder, law and order, and oaths. According to mythology, he was the youngest son of the Titan Cronus and Rhea. Because his father was told that a son of his would overthrow him just as Cronus had overthrown his own… Continue reading Zeus

Arabic, Earth, Female, Hebrew, Nature, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Z names

Zara

Zara is a Bulgarian diminutive of Zaharina, the Bulgarian and Macedonian feminine form of Zechariah, a Hebrew masculine name meaning "Yahweh remembers", though it could also be a variant spelling of Sara meaning "princess, lady, noblewoman". Zara is also the English form of Zaïre, a name created by French writer and philosopher Voltaire for his… Continue reading Zara