Zakia

Zakia is an Arabic female name with two possible meanings depending on the spelling used, such as زكية meaning “pure” or ذكيه ‎ meaning “intelligent”.

Origin: Arabic

 

Variants:

  • Zakiya
  • Zakiyya
  • Zakiah
  • Zakieh
  • Zakiyah
  • Zakiyyah

 

Male forms:

  • Zaki

 

 

زكية (pure)

ذكيه ‎ (intelligent)

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Zelda

Zelda was originally used as a nickname for Griseldaa 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 (Spanish)
  • Zelde (Yiddish)
  • Zilda (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Selig (Yiddish)
  • Zelig (Yiddish)

 

Zoe

Zoe is a Greek female name meaning “life”. 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 such as the Byzantine empress Zoe Porphyrogenita (purple-born), as well as another Byzantine princess (whose name was later changed to Sophia) who married Ivan III, Grand Prince of Moscow, and was the grandmother of Ivan the Terrible, who became the first tsar of Russia.

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Zoë (Dutch, English)
  • Zoé (French)
  • Zoey (English)
  • Zoie (English)
  • Zowie (English)
  • Zoja (Macedonian, Polish)
  • Zoya (Russian, Ukrainian)
  • Zoa (English, Spanish)

 

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 play Zaïre. He may have based it on the Arabic name Zahrah meaning “flower” or “blooming flower” or from Zahara “shine, sparkle”.

Origin: Hebrew, Arabic

Variants:

  • Sara
  • Zahra
  • Zahara