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

The name Xenia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "hospitable, welcoming". Xenia and is often added to lists like X Factor Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose: Alphabetical".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Xenia

Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg (born Xenia Grigoryevna Petrova), Russian woman who gave all her possessions to the poor after her husband died.
Xenia Alexandrovna, Grand Duchess of Russia
Xenia Georgievna, Princess of Russia, daughter of Grand Duke George Mihailovich
Xenia Petrovic-Njegoš, Princess of Montenegro
Xenia Andreevna Romanoff, Princess of Russia
Xenia (Edith Martinez), American pop singer
Xenia Goodwin, Australian dancer and actress
Xenia Knoll, Swiss tennis player
Xenia Stad-de Jong, Dutch Olympic sprinter
Xenia Seeberg, German actress
Xenia Gabriela Florence Sophie Iris of Saxony, actress and reality TV personality; daughter of Princess Iris of Saxony
Xenia Tchoumitcheva, Russian-Swiss model and actress
Xenia Shestova, Russian nun; mother of Tsar Michael I
Xenia Tolstoy-Miloslavsky, Countess of Tolstoy, Lady Buckhurst, Russian-British philanthropist
Xenia Margarita Anne, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg; daughter of Prince Kraft
Xenia Kilianova, Slovakian rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Xenia

Xenia Sergeyevna Onatopp, Bond girl in film "Goldeneye"
Xenia, main character in Barbara Cartland's "Love Leaves at Midnight"
Xenia. character in Nancy Drew "Labyrinth of Lies" computer game
Xenia (Greek trans: "guest-friendship") is the ancient Greek concept of hospitality, the generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home. The Greek god Zeus is sometimes called Zeus Xenios in his role as a protector of travelers. The concept of Xenia is directly opposed to that of xenophobia (fear/hate towards foreigners).

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