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If You Like Jewish Baby Names That Start with Z, You’ll Love These

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We’re all about gender-bending and mostly just doing whatever you want, so feel free to ignore the gender labels.

Traditionally for Girls

1. Zahava. Zahava is a Hebrew baby name that means “gold.”

Alternate spelling: Zehavah

Notable Zahavas: 

Zehava Ben (Israeli singer)

Zehava Gal (Israeli operatic soprano)

2. Ziva. Ziva is a Hebrew baby name that means “light” or “brilliance.”

Alternate spelling: Zivah, Zeeva

Notable Zivas: 

Ziva Ben-Porat (Israeli literary theorist, writer, and editor)

Ziva Rodann (Israeli actress and mime artist)

The Rifleman (1961), L-R: Ziva Rodann, Johnny Crawford and Chuck Connors

The Rifleman (1961), L-R: Ziva Rodann, Johnny Crawford and Chuck Connors

3. Zisse. Zisse is a Yiddish baby name that means “sweet.”

Alternate spelling: Zissy

4. ZipporahZipporah is a Hebrew baby name that means “bird.”

Alternate spelling: Zipora, Tzipporah, Tziporah, Tzipora, Ziporah

Notable Zipporahs:

In the Bible, Zipporah was Moses’ wife and she circumcised her own son.

5. ZilpahZilpah is a Hebrew baby name that means “frailty.”

Alternate spelling: Zilpa

Notable Zilpahs:

In the Bible, Zilpah was Leah’s maidservant whom Jacob took as a wife.

6. Zelda. Zelda is a Yiddish baby name that means “happiness.”

Alternate spelling: Zeldah

Notable Zeldas:

Zelda Fitzgerald (American writer)

Zelda Schneurson Mishkovsky (Israeli poet)

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Traditionally for Boys

1. Zevulun. Zevulun is a Hebrew baby name that means “to honor.”

Notable Zevuluns: 

Zevulun is one of Jacob’s sons; his descendants make up one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

2. Zev. Zev is a Hebrew baby name that means “wolf.”

Alternate spelling: Zeev

Notable Zevs: 

Ze’ev Aleksandrowicz (Israeli photographer)

3. ZephaniahZephaniah is a Hebrew baby name that means “God is hidden.”

Alternate spelling: Tzefaniah, Tzefanya

Notable Zephaniahs: 

He was one of the 12 minor prophets.

4. Zelig. Zelig is a Yiddish baby name that means “blessed.”

Alternate spelling: Zellig, Selig

Notable Zeligs: Zellig Harris (American linguist, mathematical syntactician, and methodologist of science)

5. ZacharyZachary is a Hebrew baby name that means “memory of God.”

Alternate spelling: Zecharia, Zachariya, Zachariah, Zacharia

Notable Zacharys: 

He was a prophet of the people Israel.

6. ZalmanZalman is a Hebrew baby name that means “peace.”

Notable Zalmans: 

Zinovy Gerdt (Soviet actor, birth name is Zalman Efraimovich)

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7. Ziv. Ziv is a Hebrew baby name that means “light.”

Notable Zivs: 

Ziv Kalontarov (Israeli Olympic swimmer)

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