"force of Zeus"

Zenobia Origin and Meaning

The name Zenobia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "force of Zeus".

With historical roots as a beautiful and intelligent ancient queen and literary ties to Hawthorne and Edith Wharton novels, this rarity could appeal to adventurous parents seeking the romantically unusual. Tina Fey used it as her daughter Alice's middle name.

Zenobia was the intriguing third-century Queen of Palmyra who for a time ruled the eastern Roman Empire, Ethan Frome's wife Zeena was born Zenobia, and Zenobia Moodie was one of the most colorful characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance.

Zenobia reached a high of Number 683 in 1909 but had dropped back out of the Top 1000 by the mid-1920s.

# 970 in the US

Zenobia Rank in US Top 1000

# 1171 on Nameberry

Zenobia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Zenobia Popularity

Famous People Named Zenobia

  • Zenobia (3rd century)queen of Palmyra
  • Zenobia alAsaad, daughter of late Syrian archaeologist Khaled al,Asaad, who was killed by ISIS
  • Zenobia CamprubiSpanish,American writer
  • Zenobia Powell PerryAmerican composer
  • Alice Zenobia Richmond (b. 2005)daughter of actress/comedian Tina Fey
  • Zenobia Jeffriesassociate editor at YES! Magazine who covers racial justice

Zenobia in Pop Culture

  • Zenobiafictional city in Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities"
  • Zenobia Forstercharacter in "The Blithedale Romance" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Zenobia "Zeena" Fromewife in "Ethan Frome"
  • Zenobiacharacter in G. Bernard Shaw's play "Getting Married"
  • Queen Zenobiaa ship the game "Resident Evil: Revelations"
  • Psyche Zenobianarrator of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "A Predicament"
  • Zuri Zenobia Rossfrom the Disney Channel show "Jessie"
  • Zenobiacharacter in the Conan the Barbarian series
  • "Zenobia" elephant in a 1939 comedy starring Oliver Hardy
  • Zenobiafrom "The Vampire Chronicles" by Anne Rice
  • The second element (bia) is identical to the name of a personification of Violence, Force; in Greek mythology Bia was the daughter of Pallas and Styx. Together with Hephaestus and her brother Cratos, she chained Prometheus to the rock.
  • Alternatively Zenobia may be a GrecoLatin form of some Semitic name (e.g., perhaps one akin to the Arabic Zaynab)