Unisex Names That Start With Z
Unisex baby names that start with Z are on the rise, as more and more parents fall for that zippy, zesty Z initial. And it's a popular sound for celebrity parents too, with bold choices like Zen and Zion, Zephyr and Zuri cropping up in several high-profile birth announcements in recent years.
Along with Zion and Zuri, unisex Z names in the US Top 1000 for boys or girls include literary Zola and geographical Zaire.
But there are still some zingy unisex Z names flying under the radar, from cool Cornish Zennor, to literary Zooey, to striking sports-inspired Zelfa.
Browse our full roster of great unisex names that start with Z here. You also might be interested in our lists of Girl Names That Start With Z, Boy Names That Start With Z, or our full list of Baby Names That Start With Z.
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'.
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.
Origin:Diminutive of Ezekiel
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.
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.
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.
Origin:Variation of Zayn, Arabic
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".