The letter Z might be the last letter in the alphabet, but it marks the beginning of an amazing range of boys’ names. From Zacchaeus to Zygmunt, there’s a whole lot of beauty and character in boy names that start with Z.
We’ve collected 72 of them to give you inspiration for your baby-name search.
Let’s zoom through our list of male names with Z from across the world.
In this article 📝
- What are boy names that start with Z?
- Popular boy names with Z
- What are unique boy names that start with Z?
What are boy names that start with Z?
In the US, Z boy names have really grown in popularity over the last century. We took a glance at the data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and found that in 1920 only one Z name made it into the top 1,000 male names. That name was:
- Zack. This is a short version of the name Zackary (in turn, a spelling variation of Zachary). It’s of Hebrew origin, meaning “the Lord recalled.”
But, interestingly, by 2020 the number of male names with Z in the top 1,000 had jumped to 21. And here they are:
Popular boy names with Z
- Zachary. Originally a Hebrew name meaning “the Lord remembers.”
- Zion. Another name with Hebrew roots, Zion means “highest point.” ⛰️️️ In the Bible, it’s a name for the Promised Land.
- Zayden. Two possible origins for this name. It can be a modern American variation of the Irish name Aiden, meaning “little fire.” 🔥 And it’s also an Arabic name that means “grow” or “increase.” 🌱
- Zane. Of Hebrew origin, it means “God is gracious.”
- Zander. With Slavic roots, this is a shortened form of Alexander, meaning “defender of men.”
- Zayn. A spelling variation of Zane.
- Zayne. Another variation on Zane.
- Zyaire. This name has its origins in the African place name Zaire, meaning “river.” 🏞️️
- Zaiden. Another way of spelling Zayden.
- Zachariah. This name has the same Hebrew root as Zack and Zachary.
- Zaire. Zyaire without the “y.”
- Zain. Another way of spelling Zayn and Zayne, this one is extra popular thanks to singer Zayn Malik.
- Zaid. Of Arabic origin, this means “master.” It’s a variation of the name Sayyid.
- Zeke. A short form of names such as Ezekiel and Zachariah, Zeke is also a great name in its own right.
- Zayd. You guessed it—it’s a shortened version of Zayden.
- Zavier. A name with roots in several languages, including Spanish, Latin, and Arabic, it means “savior” or “bright.” ☀️️️
- Zahir. Of Arabic origin, it means “blossoming” or “flourishing.” 🌼 A name full of promise.
- Zakai. With Hebrew roots, meaning “pure” or “clear.”
- Zev. A short form of the Hebrew name Zevadiah, which means “given by God.”
- Zechariah. A name with the same root as Zachariah and Zachary. Zechariah is also a biblical prophet.
- Zyair. A spelling variation of Zyaire and Zaire.
What are unique boy names that start with Z?
So, those were our most popular Z names, but what about some more unique baby boy names that start with z? Here are 50 for you to choose from:
- Zacchaeus. A name that has the same origins as Zachary and Zechariah, meaning “the Lord recalled.” Zacchaeus is also a character in the New Testament who famously climbed up a tree to see Jesus.
- Zacharjasz. A Polish form of Zachariah.
- Zadkiel. Of Hebrew origin, meaning “angel of mercy.” 👼🏼
- Zadok. Another Hebrew name, meaning “just” or “righteous.”
- Zaheer. This is a spelling variation of Zahir. 🌼
- Zailor. From Old French, Zailor is a version of the English surname Taylor.
- Zakari. Another one of those baby boy names that start with Z that’s linked to Zachary and Zack.
- Zaki. An Arabic name, meaning “pure.” Or it makes a great short form of Zachariah.
- Zalomon. A variation on Solomon, this mellow Hebrew name means “peaceful.” 🕊️️
- Zaphar. Of Arabic origin, meaning “victory.” (Interested in other Arabic names? Take a look at this list.)
- Zaragoza. This was originally a Spanish surname that comes from the name of a city in northern Spain, but it makes a sparkling first name, too.
- Zared. Of Hebrew origin, meaning “trap.” Perfect for the baby boy who’s going to capture your heart? 💙
- Zarek. A Polish name that means “may God protect the king.” 👑
- Zariah. This Arabic name is used for boys and girls. It means “radiance.” ☀️️
- Zawadi. Of African-Swahili origins, meaning “gift.”🎁
- Zbyhnev. One for a baby who’s going to be a little peace-maker, this Czech name of Slavic origin means “to dispel anger.”
- Zdzislaw. A Polish name meaning “glory.”
- Zebadiah. Of Hebrew origin meaning “given by God.” 🎁
- Zebedee. From the same root as Zebadiah.
- Zebulon. A spelling variation of Zebulun, a Hebrew name meaning “dwelling of honor.” Zebulun was the founder of one of the 12 tribes of Israel in the Bible.
- Zebulun. A variation on Zebulon.
- Zelig. Of Yiddish origin, meaning “blessed” or “holy.”
- Zeligman. A longer version of Zelig.
- Zeno. A Greek name, meaning “gift of Zeus,” the king of the Greek gods!
- Zenos. This warm Greek name means “hospitality.” 🏠
- Zephan. A short form of Zephaniah (see #49).
- Zephaniah. A name of Hebrew origin that means “hidden by God.”
- Zephyr. This poetic name comes from the Greek term for the “west wind.” 🌬️
- Zeppelin. From a German surname, meaning “from the town of Zepelin.”
- Zerach. Of Hebrew origin, meaning “glowing.” ☀️️
- Zeus. After the king of the Greek gods who rules on Mount Olympus. 🏔️️ The name means “sky” or “shine.”
- Zhong. A name of Chinese origin, meaning “middle.”
- Zhu. Another name with Chinese roots, this one means “upright.”
- Zitkaduta. This melodious Native American name is traditionally used for both sexes. It means “red bird.” 🐦
- Zixin. Of Chinese origin, meaning “self-confidence.”
- Ziyad. This is another version of the Arabic name Zayd or Zayden, meaning “increase.”
- Zlatan. A precious Slavic name, meaning “gold.” 🏆
- Zoe. This gender-neutral French name has a beautifully simple meaning: “life.”
- Zoilo. Of Spanish and Greek origins, Zoilo also means “life.”
- Zoltan. And to really live life to the fullest, here’s a Hungarian name that means “life,” too!
- Zoran. Ideal to mark a new beginning, this is a Slavic name meaning “dawn.” 🌅
- Zorion. Of Basque origins, this cheerful name means “happiness.” 🤗
- Zsolt. A Hungarian name, meaning “one who is honored.”
- Zuberi. With African-Swahili origins, this name means “strong.” 💪
- Zubin. From the Old Persian, meaning “mighty sword.”
- Zuhayr. A sweet Arabic name that means “small blossoms.” 🌸
- Zuhrah. This Ghanaian name is full of radiance. It means, “luster” or “brightness.” ☀️️
- Zundel. A lovely Yiddish name for your “little son.” 👶🏻
- Zuriel. Of Hebrew origin, meaning “the Lord my rock.”
- Zygmunt. This name shares its roots with the Old German name Sigmund, which means “victorious hand.” ✋🏿
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