Animals, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Fish, Food, Joy, Male, Mythology, Nickname names, Phoenician, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Z names

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… Continue reading Zita

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, 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

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

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

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… Continue reading Zaynab

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

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)… Continue reading Zenaïs