Zita

Zita is the name of a 13th century Italian saint, the patron saint of maids and servants. The name comes from Tuscan Italian meaning “little girl” or “young girl”, and also seems to be a Southern Italian dialect word meaning “bride”; its male form is zito. Zita is also a Hungarian female name, a diminutive…

Zaire

Zaire is the former name of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The name comes from the Congo river, derived from the Kongo word nzere o nzadi meaning “river swallowing rivers”; Zaire is the Portuguese adaption of the name. Spelled Zaïre, it’s a French female name, created by French writer and philosopher Voltaire for his play, also called Zaïre (1732), who…

Zayna

Zayna is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Zayn meaning “beauty, handsome, grace, adornment”. Origin: Arabic Variants: Zaina (Arabic) Zaynah (Arabic)   Male forms: Zayn (Arabic) Zain (Arabic) Zane (Arabic, English)   Zayna- زينة (Arabic)  

Zoya

Zoya is the Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian form of Zoe, a Greek female name meaning “life”, derived from PIE root word *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Zoya also seems to have had some use in Hindi and Arabic, either an Arabic form of Zoe or perhaps related to Zahra meaning “to shine, glow; radiant, brilliant” or “flower, blossom” Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Arabic Variants: Zoja (Latvian,…

Zevadiah

Zevadiah is a variant spelling of Zevadyah, a Hebrew male name which seems to be a variant of Zebediah meaning “Yahweh has bestowed” or “gift of Yahweh”. Nicknames: Zev Origin: Hebrew Variants: Zevadyah (Biblical Hebrew) Zebadiah (Hebrew) Zebedee (Biblical Greek) Zébédée (French) Zebedaios (Biblical Greek)    

Zal

Zal is the name of a legendary king in Persian mythology, the name of a great warrior and the father of another great warrior, Rostam. When he was born, his hair was white as snow and his father took that as a bad omen, leaving him to die at the top of a mountain. However,…

Zuri

Zuri comes from a Swahili word meaning “beautiful, good” and is used as a unisex name, though in the U.S. it seems to be more popular for girls. Origin: Swahili  

Zalman

Zalman is a Yiddish male name, the Yiddish form of Solomon meaning “peace” from Hebrew shalóm (peace) derived from Proto-Semitic *šalām- (peace, well-being, welfare). Origin: Proto-Semitic Variants: Solomon (Hebrew, English) Soloman (English) Sulayman (Arabic) Sulaiman (Arabic, Indonesian, Malay) Shelomoh (Biblical Hebrew) Salomo (Dutch, German) Salomon (French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Biblical French, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek) Salomone (Biblical Italian) Süleyman (Turkish)…

Zendaya

Zendaya is an African female name which I’ve seen listed as a variant of Tendai meaning “to give thanks” in the Shona language. Origin: African  

Zoltán

Zoltán is a Hungarian male name which seems to be derived from the Turkish title sultan, a title of authority. It means “power, might; authority, rule” which seems to have derived from an Aramaic source. Origin: Aramaic   Variants: Zoltan (English) Zsolt (Hungarian)