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

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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

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

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

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