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African Names Starting with Z

Whether you’re looking for a name for your child, a new pet, or even a character in a story you’re writing, there are tons of ideas out there. We’ve compiled helpful guides of names and their meanings...
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Zaire is a name of African origins, given both to males and females. The Democratic Republic of Congo was once officially called Zaire, and the Congo River was also formerly known as the Zaire River. The meaning of Zaire originates from ’nzadi on zere’, a Kongo phrase meaning ‘the river that swallows other rivers’, an obvious reference to the Zaire river. Zaire also has Portuguese ancestry and its other meanings include 'supporter', and 'someone from Zaire'. It is also the name of a province in Angola. A 1732 play by the French writer Voltaire is also named 'Zaire'. Some prominent people who share the name include Zaire Bartley, a Jamaican soccer player, and Zaire Anderson, an American ex-football player.

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Zareb is a primarily male name of African origins. The meaning of Zareb is ‘guardian’. Zareb can be considered a form of Jareb, a name of Hebrew origins meaning ‘he will struggle’. In popular culture, Zareb Mulumba is a character on the Australian TV show ‘Newton’s Law’. The DC Comics Universe also features a character named Zareb Babak in the comic ‘The Trials Of Shazam’.

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Zeena is a primarily female name of African origins. The meaning of Zeena is ‘beautiful’. The name has other roots and meanings as well. In Greek, Zeena, Xenia, Zena, and Zenobia are variants of each other and mean ‘guest’, ‘welcoming’, ‘Zeus’s life’, or ‘stranger’. In the Indian language of Assamese, Zeena means ‘a hospitable woman’. Some notable people name Zeena include Zeena Parkins, an American composer and musician, and Zeena Zaki, a fashion designer from Iraq. In fiction, Zeena is the name of a character in the 1911 Edith Wharton novel 'Ethan Frome'.

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African

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Zene is a gender-neutral name that has African origins. The meaning of Zene is ‘beautiful’. Zene can also be considered a Nigerian form of the Arabic Zaynab, which means ‘an aromatic flower’. Zene also translates to ‘music’ in the Hungarian language. Zene, in Greek, is also a version of Xenia, which means ‘courteous’, and ‘welcoming’. A notable personality that bears the name is Zene Baker, an American film editor.

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African

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Zhenga is a predominantly female name. It is of African, particularly South African origins. The meaning of Zhenga can be given as ‘the African Queen’. The very similar gender-neutral name Zhang is of Chinese origins, meaning ‘archer’. Other close variants are the Chinese Zheng, a unisex name which means 'classy', or 'serious', and the Russian Zhenya, a female name which means 'noble'.

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African

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The meaning of Zo is 'a spiritual leader' and it is of African origin. Zo is a name that it is more often used as a nickname or when combined with other names. The name is pronounced phonetically as –zo-. There are few famous people with 'zo' in their names and one of the most famous is Achille Zo. He was a French-Spanish painter who was known for painting pieces based around history, especially around the history of Spain.

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African

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Zoan is a gender-neutral name of African origins. The meaning of Zoan is ‘departure’. The name has biblical significance. Zoan, in the Hebrew Bible, was an Egyptian city on the River Nile. Giovanni Antonio da Brescia was a prominent engraver in 16th century Italy, who is also known as Zoan Andrea.

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The meaning of Zula is 'excellent' or 'forward' and it is a unisex name. The name Zula has both African and Hebrew origins. Zula is a variant of the name Solomon, also known as Jedidiah. He was an extremely rich and wise king, who ruled over the kingdom of Israel and can be found in the Old Testament or the Hebrew Bible. He is popularly known as the builder of the first temple in Jerusalem. He built the temple in the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. It is also the name of a town in Eritrea. There are a few famous people by the name of Zula. One is Thomas Zula, who is an American male BMX rider. He has represented his country at a number of international competitions. He also participated in the time trial event at the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships.

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African

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Zuna is an African name that is given primarily to females. It comes from the Bangi and Lingala languages, which are native to Congo. The meaning of Zuna is ‘to be sweet’. It is also known to mean ‘abundance’. A variant of Zuna is Zunah. Prominent people to use the name include the German rapper Zuna and Czech journalist Pavel Zuna. Also, Frank Zuna was a long-distance runner from the USA.

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African

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The meaning of Zweena is ‘a beautiful girl or woman’. The origin of the name is African and Arabic. It is pronounced as ‘Zwee-naa’. The name is commonly used for naming baby girls. It can be used as a nickname or a surname as well.

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African

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Zyaire is a gender-neutral name with African origins. The name is an alternative spelling of Zaire. The Democratic Republic of Congo was once officially called Zaire, and the Congo River was also formerly known as the Zaire River. The meaning of Zyaire is the same as that of Zaire, which originates from ‘nzadi o nzere’, a Kongo phrase meaning ‘the river that swallows other rivers’, a clear reference to the Zaire river.

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