African, Arabic, Elements, Female, Kongo, Literature, Male, Nature, Place names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Z names

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… Continue reading Zaire

Arabic, Female, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

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)  

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

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,… Continue reading Zoya

Male, Proto-Semitic, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

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)… Continue reading Zalman

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

Zenobia

Zenobia is an Ancient Greek female name meaning "life of Zeus" or "Zeus is life", made up of Zeno which derives from Zeus which derives from a PIE *dyḗws (sky, heaven; sky god) via root word *dyew- (to be bright; sky, heaven); and bios (life) though it's possible that it could be related to bia meaning "strength, force, power; act of violence", so… Continue reading Zenobia