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  

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…

Zaynab

Zaynab is an Arabic female name which is the name of a tree with fragrant flowers. The etymology behind the name itself is uncertain. It’s often associated with Arabic zayn زين meaning “beautiful, handsome, beauty” and “to adorn, to decorate”. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “father’s precious jewel” made up from zeenah/zína زينة “embellishment, adornment” and…

Zaharina

Zaharina is the Bulgarian and Macedonian feminine form of Zechariah, a Hebrew male name meaning “Yahweh remembers”. Nicknames: Zaharinka (Bulgarian, Macedonian), Zara (Bulgarian) Origin: Hebrew Male forms: Zahari (Bulgarian) Zechariah (English)  

Zenaïs

Zenaïs (pronounced something like zen-uh-ees) is an Ancient Greek variant of Zenaida meaning “of Zeus” or “belonging to Zeus”, Zeus being the head of the Greek pantheon; his name derives from PIE *dyḗws (sky, heaven; god) via root word *dyew- (to be bright; sky, heaven). Origin: Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Zenais (Ancient Greek) Zenaida (Ancient Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, English) Zénaïde (French)…

Zephyr

Zephyr is the anglicized form of Zephyros, the name of the Greek god of the west wind in Greek myth meaning “the west wind”. The etymology behind it is unknown though it could be related from Ancient Greek zophos (darkness, gloom, west). It’s also possible the name may be derived from a pre-Greek origin. Traditionally a male…

Zia

Zia is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Ziya derived from Arabic diya (ضياء) meaning “splendor, light, glow” and is also an Arabic surname derived from the given name. Zia is also an Italian word meaning “aunt” which comes from Late Latin thia (aunt) via Ancient Greek theíā (aunt) derived from a PIE root word. Zia is also a Hebrew…

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…

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)