Gender: Female Pronunciation: ZEEN-ee-ah; SHEN-yah Meaning of Xenia: "hospitable, welcoming" Origin of Xenia: Greek

Xenia Origin and Meaning

The name Xenia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "hospitable, welcoming".

The name of a Christian saint and a city in Ohio, Xenia is one of the more accessible and intriguing x names. It is the name of one of the Bond Girls--played by Famke Janssen in the film "GoldenEye."

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Pop Culture References for the name Xenia

Xiomara, Xeenia, Zeena, Zyna, Xia, Xene, Zenam, Zina

Xenia's International Variations

Zene, Zenina, Zena, Zenda, Zenia, Oksana, Xena, Zenna (Ukranian) Ksenia, Aksiniya, Oksanochka (Russian) Chimene (French)


Xenialb Says:


Your classics prof obviously wasn't trained in classical pronunciation or else you missed his pronunciation of the x as ks or s. Other than that it is correct. The e is short sound and the I pronunced as long e and ah as ending (not ya as some say).

Xenialb Says:


You are right that it is not z sound but vowel is short e sound for the first syllable and long e for second syllable.

Xenialb Says:


Americanization only. Not correct to any other country including the Greek original.

Xenialb Says:


No the original ending is eeah not ya but sen is the preferred French and Spanish version and the version my family uses.

Xenialb Says:


You have misinformation on this name. The correct pronunciation of the original is kseneeah or exeneeah. Also the version you credit to Ukrainian is wrong. Although spelled differently in Cyrillic the pronunciation is the same as the Greek original exeneeah or kseneeah. The nickname in Ukraine is Sanka showing the emphasis on the s or ks initial sound. Zeeneeah or Zeenya is Americanization. The name in French and Spanish uses the s sound as in Seneeah.

Daiseymae Says:


Senya is quite pretty.

Eu Says:


Also a nickname for Eugenia, pronounced SHEN-i-a where I live.

kizzygirl Says:



Kseniya Pavlova Says:


I'm Russian, and my name is Kseniya, but it's spelled as Xeniya in my international passport. So English speaking people usually pronounce my name like it's shown here - Zeen-ee-ah or even Gzeen-ee-ah. I just wander how shall I write my name so that they pronounce it as it should be pronounced (Ksen-ee-ah). Kseniya is also frequently pronounced as Gzeen-ee-ah so it doesn't help)

abertawe Says:


I would say "ghenia" like the 'j' in the French "juste"

CailinRua Says:


My niece is very strict on the pronunciation of her daughter's name. It must be said 'Zenya' according to her.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I like this better than Xena, but both are pretty.

kpearl8 Says:


My classics prof pronounces this word 'zeh-NEE-ah"

Clove Says:


You can pronounce it either way. I personally prefer Senya and you could go so far to spell it like that if you liked the sound better than the spelling. Senya/Senyah has a much softer sound whereas I find that Zeen-ee-ah is a much more exotic pronunciation.

Guest Says:


I'm pretty sure Xenia is pronounced Kseenia not Zeenia

CailinRua Says:


My great niece is called Xenia.

AwkwardTurtle Says:


That pronunciation sounds pretty. I live near the city named Xenia, "Zeen-ee-ya", so pronouncing it like that seems most correct to me.

noro226 Says:


It was always my understanding that Xenia was pronounced "sen-ya"