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Gender: Male Meaning of Zero: "void" Origin of Zero: Arabic

The name Zero is a boy's name of Arabic origin meaning "void". Zero and is often added to lists like Movie Character Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "How many ____s do you know?".

From the experts:

Zero Mostel took on this name for its comedic value, but there would be nothing funny about giving it to an unfortunate child.

Find other names based on Zero using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Zero

Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel, American actor/comedian

Pop Culture References for the name Zero

Zero Moustafa, character in movie "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Zero, Jack Skellington's dog in movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
Hector "Zero" Zeroni, character in the book/film "Holes"
Zero, character in comic strip "Beetle Bailey"
Zer0, character in the video game "Borderlands 2"
Zero Kiryu, character in anime "Vampire Knight"
"Horizon Zero Dawn," video game


ZeroNightingale Says:


If you Google his name, he has an entire blog post about his name, so I don't think he's out to trick anyone. (:

I for one love the name Zero (which is how I accidentally found his blog a couple years ago). I can understand it not being everyone's cup of tea though.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


Why would you name your child Zero because it is literally nothing.

NovaRaya Says:


The sound is fine I guess, not my style but I don't like the meaning.

Eliane Says:


I totally understand why people think Zero is a no go and I wouldn't name my kid that either BUT there is a lovely character in the movie "the Grand Budapest Hotel" named Zero and if you pronounce and spell it the French way Zéro, I would be delighted to meet a little Zéro in the future.

eveyalecia Says:


I immediately think of Zero from Holes-- what a great association! I can definitely see why some people would think this name weird or even cruel, but this is a guilty pleasure name for me.

otheralix Says:


I really like the sound of Zero. It's MUCH more approachable and down to earth than Hero.

Zelliew Says:


I don't believe Zero is his real name. He's pulling your leg.

clairels Says:


How can I NOT open my mind after all of that?

Zero Dean Says:


You have a confused definition of the word zero. It doesn't mean worthless. It's numeric value means nothing. There's a big difference.

And culturally, it is both an important concept and an important number.

Worthless? Hardly.

In mathematics:

"From placeholder to the driver of calculus, zero has crossed the greatest minds and most diverse borders since it was born many centuries ago. Today, zero is perhaps the most pervasive global symbol known. In the story of zero, something can be made out of nothing..." --

Philosophically, zero is freedom:

Mahayana’s philosophical interpretation of “zeroness” (ṡūnyatā) led to a revolution in Buddhist thinking. Zeroness represented the lack of absolute value and substantiality of the phenomenal world. The notion of zeroness evolved from the earlier Buddhist teaching of anātman, or no-self — the denial of the substantial reality of the self and what belongs to the self — as a means to free one from attachment. The doctrine of zeroness, asserting the lack of self-identity and the lack of absolute separation in all things, became the central teaching of Mahayana Buddhism. In zeroness, all things are connected; nothing is absolute; nothing is separate; nobody is alone. Even Buddhist doctrines are seen as zeroness, not containing absolute fixed truths. Experience of this teaching is seen as awakening, as freedom, no other than prajna paramita. -- The Heart Sutra by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Zero also sits at the absolute center of an infinite numbers system. It is total balance between positive and negative.

Is balance worthless? Would a world with zero problems or zero wars be worthless?

Open your mind.

clairels Says:


Awesome? Really? You would know better than I would, I guess. Purely in terms of sound, Zero isn't horrible. It's just that it's hard to imagine a lot of parents willing to risk naming their child something that basically means "worthless."

Zero Dean Says:


As a person named Zero, I am not offended, but a bit surprised by the close-minded nature of the description of the name and the comments. 30 years ago it was a different story, but today, nearly everyone I meet states how AWESOME they think the name is.

All the cool words in every language and we repeatedly give the same names to people over and over again? How dull.

clairels Says:


School is hard enough for kids.

EvaThyssen Says:


Zero possibilities.

raevynstar Says:


This gets a zero on the "good names scale".

kitchi1 Says:


I like this for a dog. A bit harsh for a kid. Loved Zero in 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'!

mabespark Says:


Now this is just cruel. He's going to feel like a worthless nobody for his whole life.