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Girl Names That Start With Z

Girl Names That Start With Z

Girl names that start with Z are undeniably cool: with a zippy, zesty sound and that awesome Z initial right up front. It's no wonder that Z is becoming an ever more popular first initial for baby names for both genders!

The most popular baby girl names that start with Z in the US today are led by modern classics Zoey and Zoe in the Top 100.

Along with Zoe and her variants, other fashionable girl names beginning with Z in the US Top 500 include the exotic Zara, Zuri and Zariah.

The Top 300 baby girl names in England and Wales include several other lovely international Z-starting options, such as the Arabic names Zainab and Zahra, or the Slavic Zoya, Zuzanna and Zofia. And in France, sweet saint's name Zélie joins Zoé in the Top 100 names for girls.

Uncommon Z-starting girl names which rank highly with Nameberry's visitors include such intriguing options as Zahara, Zelda, Zinnia, Ziva and Zephyrine. Other excellent unique Z names for girls that we recommend range from the unisex Zephyr and Zion to the ancient Zenobia and Zipporah.

Browse our entire collection of baby girl names that start with Z here. You may also be interested in our lists of Boy Names That Start With ZUnisex Names That Start With Z, or our full list of Baby Names That Start With Z.

ZaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew and Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "blooming flower; God remembers"
  • Description:

    Zara has multiple origins, but most notably is a variation of Zahrah, a name derived from the Arabic zahrah, meaning “blooming flower.” Zara can also be a diminutive of the Bulgarian name Zaharina, a feminine form of the Hebrew Zechariah. Today, Zara is heavily associated with the Spanish fast-fashion empire of the same name.

ZoeyHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Zoe
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Zoey is a modern spelling variation of Zoe, the Greek Jewish translation of Eve. Despite its Jewish origins, Zoe was historically more popular among Christians. Two early saints were named Zoe—Saint Zoe of Rome and Saint Zoe of Pamphylia.

ZoeHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    The history of Zoe begins in the third century when the Alexandrian Jews translated Eve, which means 'life,' to the Greek equivalent Zoe. Zoe was in use as far back as the Roman classical period, and was popular with the early Christians, who bestowed it with hopes of eternal life, but it didn't migrate to the English-speaking world until the mid-nineteenth century. Alternate spellings include Zoey, Zoie, and Zooey.

ZeldaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Griselda
  • Meaning:

    "gray fighting maid"
  • Description:

    Classified as an early beauty, Zelda has long and often been used as such for characters in books and films. Since 1986, Zelda has been a prime Nintendo name, as in the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

ZoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Serbo-Croatian
  • Meaning:

    "dawn"
  • Description:

    Zora is a meaningful literary heroine name honoring Zora Neale Hurston, an important black writer and leader of the Harlem Renaissance.

ZariahHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, Hebrew, Russian
  • Meaning:

    "flower, God has helped, dawn"
  • Description:

    Zariah has three possible origins: the Arabic Zahrah which means ‘flower’, the Hebrew name Azariah, meaning ‘God has helped’, or the Russian word Zaria which means ‘sunrise/dawn’. Either way, it's a strong and striking name with a range of lovely meanings.

ZendayaHeart

  • Origin:

    Shona
  • Meaning:

    "to give thanks"
  • Description:

    Zendaya has propelled her unusual African name into the spotlight and up the popularity charts. Zendaya is one of the major baby name influencers of our era. What does Zendaya's name mean? The name Zendaya comes from the word for thanks, Tendai, in the Shona language, spoken in Zimbabwe and southern Zambia. The name Zendaya's popularity is directly connected to this actress-singer's rising celebrity, as it made its first appearance on the US Top 1000 in 2014. It's a distinctive choice, and thanks to our affection for the letter Z and Zendaya's great meaning, more parents are choosing it for their daughters.

ZuriHeart

  • Origin:

    Kiswahili
  • Meaning:

    "good, beautiful"
  • Description:

    Zuri migrated, at least to American sensibilities, to the feminine side when an Ohio zoo used it for a female giraffe. For either gender, Zuri is an attractive name with the usual Z-initial zest.

ZolaHeart

  • Origin:

    African, Congolese; also literary name
  • Description:

    When the Eddie Murphys named their fourth daughter Zola, it affirmed the up-and-coming status of the name, which has African roots, but also literary links to Emile Zola.

ZariaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "rose"
  • Description:

    Zaria, the name of the Nigerian capital city, could be another Z name for parents to consider. It currently ranks lower than variations Zariah and Zariyah.

ZoyaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian and Greek variation of Zoe
  • Description:

    Now that Zoe is getting wildly popular in the U.S. and the U.K. -- one poll puts it at number one in Wales -- parents may start hunting down fresh twists like this.

ZahraHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "flower"
  • Description:

    Abbreviated form of Zahara that was used by Chris Rock for his daughter and as a middle name by both Eddie Murphy and David Bowie. Compared with the even-more-abbreviated Zara, Zahra may create more spelling problems but clarify pronunciation.

ZhuriHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Zuri, African, Kiswahili
  • Meaning:

    "good, beautiful"
  • Description:

    Variation of Zuri.

ZariyahHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "scattering wind"
  • Description:

    Zariyah has several possible origins: the Arabic Zahrah which means "flower" or Zariya "scattering wind"; the Hebrew name Azariah, meaning "God has helped"; or the Russian word Zaria which means "sunrise, dawn."

ZoieHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Zoe; Greek
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    This spelling variation hasn't followed cousins Zoe and Zoey up the charts. Even though there are a number of feasible spellings, Zoie along with Zooey might cause some unwanted confusion.

ZainabHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Zaynab
  • Description:

    Zainab—the name of a flowering tree and of a granddaughter, daughter, and two wives of the Prophet Muhammed—was a newcomer to the US Top 1000 in 2013. While simplified variations Zaina or Zayna are more Western-friendly, neither makes the US list.

ZayleeHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    This contemporary creation plays on a couple of trends by applying the attractive Z to the rhyming family of names including Hailey, Bailey, and Kayley. The -ee suffix is the icing on the cake. It first entered the US Top 1000 in 2015.

ZaniyahHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Zaniah
  • Description:

    This variant of Zaniah debuted on the US Top 1000 in 2007.