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Boy Names Starting With Z

Boy Names Starting With Z

Boy names starting with Z all have a real zing to them — it’s easy to see why they’re on the rise.

Along with top Z name Zachary, Z-starting boy names in the US Top 1000 include Zayden, Zander, Zeke, Zion, Zayn, Zahir, Zechariah, and Zakai.

Along with Zachary and Zander, Z names for boys in Britain's Top 600 include Zayan, Zidan and Ziggy. In France, Z names Zakaria, Zayn, Zayd and Ziyad are all popular, while mini Z names Zef and Zev both make the Top 500 in the Netherlands.

Z-loving parents have even taken to respelling certain names to get the super-cool Z initial (hello, Zaiden, Zander and Zavier!), but there are plenty of zippy Z boy names to go around. Nameberry favorites which are absent from the official rankings include zany Zebedee, ancient Zeno, and the ultimate male power name, Zeus.

Browse our collection of boy names beginning with Z here. 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.

ZacharyHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "the Lord has remembered"
  • Description:

    Zachary is the English variation of Zacharias, which itself is derived from the Hebrew name Zechariah. The name Zachary is attached to eight different people in the Bible, the most prominent being the father of John the Baptist, and it's also presidential, via 12th president Zachary Taylor. Zackery is an alternate spelling, and nicknames include Zack, Zach, Zac, and Zak.

ZaneHeart

  • Origin:

    Possible variation of John
  • Meaning:

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    Western novelist Zane (born Pearl!) Grey made this name famous. Now, it's in tune with the style of our times, retaining that appealing cowboy image.

ZionHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "highest point"
  • Description:

    Zion has taken off in recent years, especially after singer Lauryn Hill used it for her son in 1997 and incorporated the name into a hit song. It combines a user-friendly Ryan-Brian sound with the gravitas of religious significance. The Hebrew pronunciation is 'tzeeyon'.

ZekeHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Ezekiel
  • Meaning:

    "God strengthens"
  • Description:

    Zeke is a casual form of the name Ezekiel, an important prophet from the Old Testament. How well Zeke holds up depends on the boy: it could be a cooler alternative of Zack, or it could prove too close to "geek." Both Zeke and Ezekiel lag behind in popularity on the UK charts.

ZaynHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "beauty, grace"
  • Description:

    Zayn zoomed up the popularity charts thanks to former One Direction member Zayn Malik; it was one of the fastest-rising names of 2016. The name can also be spelled Zain; the feminine version is Zayna or Zaina.

ZevHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "wolf"
  • Description:

    Zev is a short, simple, animal name that may relate to the Old Testament Ze'ev -- except he was a villainous character.

ZanderHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Alexander
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    On the rise as an independent name: Zander and Xander are both widely used can increasingly be found as characters in movies and on TV.

ZachariahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, form of Zechariah
  • Meaning:

    "the Lord has remembered"
  • Description:

    This distinguished name still feels a bit ancient, but with the rise of such former graybeards as Jeremiah and Elijah, it also sounds child-friendly again, as does the Latin-Greek form Zacharias.

ZaireHeart

  • Origin:

    Place name
  • Meaning:

    "the river that swallows all rivers"
  • Description:

    An African place name—Zaire was a Central African state from 1971 to 1997—it comes from a Kongo term meaning "the river that swallows all rivers." A bold and wearable choice for a son.

ZaydHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "increase, growth"
  • Description:

    Zayd (or its most common variant Zaid), an old and still well used Arabic name, was a slave whom Muhammad adopted as his son.

ZayneHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Zayn or Zane
  • Description:

    Zayne, Zayn, Zane and Zain are all enjoying tremendous popularity. While all the names sound the same, Zane is actually a variation of John via Shane, while Zayn and the others are rooted in the Arabic culture and mean grace or beauty. Zane is highest on the US popularity list, though the fame of former One Direction member Zayn Malik has narrowed the gap.

ZaydenHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    The most popular spelling of the fast-climbing member of the Aiden-rhyming clan is used by parents who love the first initial Z. Zaiden is nearly as popular, and Zaden is a ways behind.

ZainHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Zayn, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "beauty, grace"
  • Description:

    Zayn and the more Western-friendly Zain sound exactly like the popular Zane but have a different root, in Arabic and African cultures. The name was made familiar to Europeans and Americans by British singer-songwriter Zayn, born Zain Malik. This is an easily-translated choice for a family that wants to bridge cultures, but you have to accept that people will be forever spelling the name "wrong".

ZahirHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "helper, supporter"
  • Description:

    A popular name in the Middle East and one of the most evocative choices of its genre. One of the 99 names of Allah. The feminine form is Zahira.

ZavierHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Xavier
  • Description:

    This phonetic version is occasionally used and removes any confusion about whether the X is fully pronounced or not.

ZechariahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "the Lord has remembered"
  • Description:

    Zechariah is actually the original Biblical form of the name more often found these days as Zachariah, probably because of the popularity of Zachary. People are going to have trouble getting Zechariah because they won't understand the Zech part. This name, in whatever form, begs to be shortened in the modern world to Zach (or Zac or Zack).

ZakaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Zaccai, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    Zakai bears a lot of resemblance to the ancient Hebrew name Zaccai, but many modern parents are using it as an elaboration of the popular name Kai, blending it with Zack.

ZaidenHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Zaden, modern invented name
  • Description:

    Zaiden grafts the fashionable first letter z onto the Aiden/Kaiden/Jaiden group of names, to popular effect. Soundalike Zayden is even more popular.

ZyaireHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Zaire
  • Description:

    While we're definite fans of Zaire -- the former name of the country now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo -- the "Y" really isn't necessary. This spelling variation debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2016.

ZaidHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "to increase"
  • Description:

    This variant of the Arabic Zayd actually ranks higher than the original in the US. In the contemporary American culture, however, this name could be viewed as an alternative to recently invented name Zade.