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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.

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Top Boy Names Starting with Z

  • Zachary

    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... Read More 

  • Zion

    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... Read More 

  • Zayden

    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. Read More 

  • Zane

    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.

    Zane Grey was the great-grandson... Read More 

  • Zander

    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. Read More 

  • Zayn

    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... Read More 

  • Zayne

    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... Read More 

  • Zaiden

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

  • Zachariah

    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. ... Read More 

  • Zyaire

    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... Read More