Names Ending in Z for Boys

Boy names ending in Z are a rare but exciting group.

Cruz is the most popular boy name ending with Z right now. Along with Cruz, the only other boy name in the US Top 1000 is Juelz.

But Z is an innately cool letter, and many unique boy names ending with the letter Z make our favorites list. Some Z-ending boy names we recommend include the Biblical Boaz and Jabez, the Arabic Aziz, the peaceful Paz, and cool boys Jazz and Oz.

Here are all Nameberry’s boy names that end with the letter Z. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.
  1. Boaz
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "swiftness"
    • Description:

      Now that such Old Testament patriarchs as Elijah and Moses fill the playground, Boaz seems downright baby-friendly, having more pizzazz than many of the others, perhaps as a successor to Noah.
  2. Cruz
    • Origin:

      Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "cross"
    • Description:

      For a single-syllable Latino surname, this new popular kid on the block packs a lot of energy and charm and is one of the most stylish Spanish names for boys in general use today. Victoria and David Beckham named their third son Cruz, following Brooklyn and Romeo, and it was also picked up on by tennis star Lleyton Hewitt for his son. Other parents may prize its Christian associations.
  3. Fritz
    • Origin:

      German, diminutive of Friedrich or Frederick
    • Meaning:

      "peaceful ruler"
    • Description:

      Since female cousins Mitzi and Fritzi have entered the realm of possibilities, there's a chance that Cousin Fritz could as well. Fritz is the name of several notables, from early German-born film director Lang to early footballer Fritz (born Frederick) Pollard, the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl in 1916.
  4. Fitz
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "son of"
    • Description:

      Any number of Fitz names -- Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick, Fitzroy, Fitzwilliam -- have been used as Christian names, in fact Fitzwilliam was the given name of the dashing Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Fitz can be a short form of any of them and is often, like Mac, a nickname drawn from a surname.
  5. Oz
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "strength, powerful, courageous"
    • Description:

      This may be a legitimate Hebrew name denoting power, but to any American kid, it will evoke ruby slippers and a yellow brick road. The full Hebrew name is Ozni, who was a grandson of Jacob in the Bible.
  6. Baz
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Sebastian or Basil; Kurdish
    • Meaning:

      "regal; falcon"
    • Description:

      As Bas, it's a popular name in The Netherlands, but Baz, as in director Luhrmann, has potential for independent life too.

      Curiously, Australian-born Moulin Rouge director Luhrmann was born neither Sebastian nor Basil, but had the name Mark Anthony on his birth certificate; his nickname arose from his supposed resemblance to a British TV fox puppet named Basil Brush.

  7. Gurbaaz
    • Origin:

      Indian, Sanskrit, Punjabi
    • Meaning:

      "guru's bird"
    • Description:

      A Top 100 name in BC, Canada, where there is a large Punjabi population.
  8. Jazz
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      Jazz as a full name is used slightly more often for boys than girls and has a distinctive, well, jazzy feel. Jazz is also occasionally used as a nickname for Jasper, much more often for Jasmine or Jazlyn. Could work as a middle name.
  9. Jabez
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "borne in pain"
    • Description:

      Jabez has a rare combo of three appealing elements: a Biblical heritage, a captivating Southern accent, and a jazzy feel. It was popular with the Pilgrims and on into the nineteenth century (there have been four U.S. Congressmen named Jabez), but it hasn't been in the Top 1000 since 1880.
  10. Deniz
    • Origin:

      Turkish
    • Meaning:

      "sea"
    • Description:

      A super popular nature name in its native Turkey, currently Top 50 for both boys and girls there.
  11. Franz
    • Origin:

      German variation of Francis, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "Frenchman or free man"
    • Description:

      Franz is the German equivalent to Francis, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a Franz outside of countries with Germanic origins. In America the name is often associated with celebrated author Franz Kafka, who was born in Prague.
  12. Moritz
    • Origin:

      German form of Maurice
    • Meaning:

      "dark-skinned"
    • Description:

      The unusual-to-the-English-ear Moritz is a Top 25 name in Austria and a form of Maurice or Morris, which are modern variations of the ancient Roman Maurus. There were several early saints named Maurus and a famous 3rd century Saint Maurice, who was a Roman infantryman who was martyred when he refused to worship Roman gods. The Moritz form also references the posh Swiss ski resort St. Moritz and Justine Moritz is a character from Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein.
  13. Paz
    • Origin:

      Hebrew; Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "gold; peace"
    • Description:

      Paz is an appealing Spanish name meaning "peace", derived from the Latin "pax". It's usually feminine in Spanish, but could also make an interesting literary choice for a boy, honoring the writer Octavio Paz.
  14. Jaz
    • Origin:

      English, diminutive of Jasmine or Jasper
    • Description:

      Unisex variation of Jazz or Jasper that couldn't say it more plainly. Used for their daughter by tennis couple Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi.
  15. Buzz
    • Origin:

      Modern nickname
    • Description:

      Brother for Biff and Bud. McFly rocker Tom Fletcher transformed this from midcentury short form to modern cool name when he used it for his newborn son.
  16. Maz
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Tomaz, Spanish "twin"
    • Meaning:

      "twin"
    • Description:

      Maz is occasionally used as an independent name, as is the case for Maz Quinn, New Zealand surfer. It can also be used as a nickname for any name containing M, A, and Z. Tomaz is perhaps the most likely option for a boy.
  17. Bartosz
    • Tadeusz
      • Origin:

        Polish variation of Thaddeus
      • Meaning:

        "gift of God"
      • Description:

        Variation of Thaddeus.
    • Cortez
      • Origin:

        Spanish surname
      • Meaning:

        "courteous"
      • Description:

        The craze for surname names is now moving beyond the English and Irish to include worldly Spanish names for boys like this historic one currently in the Top 1000.
    • Quartz
      • Origin:

        Mineral name
      • Description:

        This may be a bit quirky to make it as a name, especially in first place. If you love it, you might try it in the middle.