To be on the Z-list might be the worst place to be if you’re a celebrity, but for a name? Z-names are super snazzy and jazzy! The fact that there aren’t many common Z-names to choose from, automatically make them more unique and exotic and the initial-Z sound has a really pleasing resonance. Here are some of our favorites – for both the boyz and the girlz – which will sound elegant and attractive, unique, without sounding too eccentric!
The Boyz Names
Zane Though it might look ultra-modern, Zane is a Semitic variant of John and means ‘God is gracious. The Arabic Zayn has seen a recent surge in popularity, thanks in no small part to superstar, Zayn Malik.
Zeo Zeo is a modern invented name, but it sounds ancient and rich with meaning.
Zephrin Zephrin is the much more accessible variant of Zephyr. It means ‘west wind’ in Greek, and an ancient god of the same name appeared in a number of mythological tales. It sounds light and breezy, and has a wonderful origin to brag about.
The Girlz Names
Zara This exotic sounding name was given the royal seal of approval in the 80s, when the queen of England’s grand-daughter was bestowed this sweet name. It was an apt choice too: one of Zara’s meanings is ‘princess’.
Zarya Zarya was an ancient Slavic goddess of beauty, a 19th century opera, and even the name of a Soviet space rocket! This makes it an all-round wonderful choice, whether for your princess, music lover, or future space explorer!
Zakia Pronounced za-KEE-a, this name has Hebrew and Arabic origins and means ‘pure’. Could be time to bring some of that Zachary-popularity over to the girls!
Zaferina Zaferina looks like it might be the glamorous cousin to Serafina, but in fact it shares its origins with the boy’s name Zephrin. Derived from that Greek west wind, Zaferina is a Spanish name with a huge amount of character and charm.
Zahara Zahara has immense multicultural appeal. It means ‘to shine’ in Hebrew and ‘flower’ in Swahili, and is a reminder of the Saharan Desert. It is a truly beautiful name that sounds light and airy.
Zoraida Pronounced zo-RYE-duh, this Arabic name might be more accessible spelled Zarida. Zoraida has a fascinating history, and was the name of a 12th century Spanish Moor saint, and a character in the epic novel, Don Quixote.