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30 [Unusual But Cool] Girl Names that Start with Z

Jan 5, 2022

30 [Unusual But Cool] Girl Names that Start with Z

AHEAD: The ultimate list of “Z” names for girls.

If you’re looking for a beautiful girls’ name starting with the letter Z, you’re in the right place!

Below, I’ve rounded up every single “Z” name that’s even the slightest bit modern and cool.

I’ve also included each name’s meaning and current popularity—which will hopefully help you narrow down your list of favorites.

There are tons of pretty middle name combinations in the graphics throughout!

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As you probably expected, there isn’t a large number of modern girls’ names that start with Z.

That said, I was stunned to see that there are 18 “Z” names ranking in the top 1000!

(For reference, this beats names starting with letters F, O, T, U, W, X, and Y).

That said, there are just two Z names in the top 100, zero in the top 200, and two in the top 300. The rest are far behind.

Since the mainstream options are limited, I did my best to round up a whole bunch of other Z names for girls that could conceivably make great baby names.

Some of the choices are a little zany and unusual, but nothing is too far out there to be downright weird.

Without further ado, let’s go check out this list of ideas and find the perfect name for your daughter.

Feel free to use the Table of Contents to jump to a specific style, or keep on scrolling and view all of these dazzling girl names that start with Z.

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Trendy “Z” names

All of these modern girl names that start with Z are ranking in the top 1000. They strike the perfect balance between quirky and familiar.

Zariah or Zariyah or Zaria

  • Name meaning: Radiance, blooming flower, or God remembers.
  • Popularity: Zariah ranks #460, Zariyah is #697, and Zaria is #861.

Zara or Zahra

  • Name meaning: Radiance, blooming flower, or God remembers.
  • Popularity: Zara ranks #215 and Zahra is #589.

Zelda

  • Name meaning: Several possible meanings including blessed, happy, dark battle, strong woman, and gray fighting maid.
  • Popularity: #559

Zendaya

  • Name meaning: To give thanks.
  • Popularity: 976

Zoey or Zoe or Zoie

  • Name meaning: Life.
  • Popularity: Zoey ranks #32, Zoe is #41, and Zoie is #963.

Zola

  • Name meaning: Earth or ball of earth.
  • Popularity: #935

Zora

  • Name meaning: Dawn.
  • Popularity: #877

Zuri or Zhuri

  • Name meaning: Good + beautiful.
  • Popularity: Zuri ranks #236 and Zhuri is #991.

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If you like these Z names for girls you might also like this list of elegant girl names.

Short “Z” names

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All of these short girls’ names that start with Z are just three or four letters!

Zana

  • Name meaning: Variation of the J name Jane, which means God is gracious.
  • Popularity: This Z name isn’t ranking.

Zayn

  • Name meaning: Beauty and grace.
  • Popularity: This one-syllable One Direction-reminiscent name isn’t ranking for girls but ranks #310 for boys.

Zena

  • Name meaning: Welcoming.
  • Popularity: This edgy name isn’t ranking.
 

Zeta

  • Name meaning: Letter of the Greek alphabet.
  • Popularity: This Z name isn’t ranking.

Zia

  • Name meaning: Light or aunt.
  • Popularity: This Z name isn’t ranking.

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Zion or Zyon

  • Name meaning: Hill of Jerusalem.
  • Popularity: Neither of these spellings is ranking for girls. Zion ranks #144 for boys and Zyon hasn’t ranked since 2019.

Zori

Zyla

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: This Z name isn’t ranking.

Zyra or Zyrah

  • Name meaning: Dawn or messenger.
  • Popularity: This Z name isn’t ranking.

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If you like these short girls’ names beginning with Z you might also like this list of names that mean graceful.

Unique “Z” names for girls

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All of these unique girl names that start with Z are interesting and rare.

Like I said earlier, since the options for Z names are limited, I did my best to come up with a not-too-zany list of ideas.

Zadie

  • Name meaning: Princess.
  • Popularity: This Z name isn’t ranking. (The S name Sadie ranks #78.)

Zamira or Zamirah

  • Name meaning: Several possible meanings including nightingale and sweet voice.
  • Popularity: This long-ish girls’ name isn’t ranking.

Zella

  • Name meaning: Several possible meanings including blessed, ‘one who knows the way’, shadow.
  • Popularity: This Z name isn’t ranking.
 

Zenia or Zeniah

Zenith

  • Name meaning: The point in the sky or celestial sphere directly above an observer.
  • Popularity: This badass space name isn’t ranking.

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Ziggy

  • Name meaning: Victory.
  • Popularity: This nonbinary name isn’t ranking for either gender.

Zinnia

Zoella

  • Name meaning: Life + girl.
  • Popularity: This pretty rainbow baby name isn’t ranking.

Zorina

  • Name meaning: Golden dawn.
  • Popularity: This Z name isn’t ranking.

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If you like these unique names with the first letter “Z” you might also like this list of hippie names.

More baby names for girls

Before we get to the bonus lists (plenty more names to come!), here are a few related articles that may be helpful if you’re still looking for the perfect name.

BONUS LIST: 23 girls’ names containing the letter “Z”

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If you really like Z names but haven’t found the perfect one, consider a baby name that contains the letter Z (but doesn’t start with it)!

Here are a bunch of cool girls’ names worth considering:

Arizona

  • Name meaning: Small spring.
  • Popularity: This A name isn’t ranking.

Azalea

  • Name meaning: A flowering shrub.
  • Popularity: #483

Azariah

  • Name meaning: Helped by God.
  • Popularity: #853

Daleyza

  • Name meaning: Invented D name meaning delightful.
  • Popularity: #376

Eliza or Elizabeth

  • Name meaning: Pledged to God.
  • Popularity: Eliza ranks #115 and Elizabeth is #16.

Esperanza

  • Name meaning: Hope.
  • Popularity: #947

Ezra

  • Name meaning: Help.
  • Popularity: This E name ranks #721 for girls and #44 for boys.

Hazel

  • Name meaning: Of the Hazelnut tree.
  • Popularity: #31

Izabella

  • Name meaning: Promise.
  • Popularity: Izabella ranks #341. (Isabella ranks #7 and Isabela ranks #830.)

Izaria

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking.

Itzayana

  • Name meaning: Rainbow lady.
  • Popularity: #754

Itzel

  • Name meaning: Rainbow lady.
  • Popularity: This I name isn’t ranking.

Jazmin

  • Name meaning: Gift from God.
  • Popularity: Jazmin ranks #637 (Jasmine ranks #141.)

Jazlyn

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: #547

Jazz

  • Name meaning: Music.
  • Popularity: This J name isn’t ranking.

Kenzie

  • Name meaning: Bright one.
  • Popularity: #369

Keziah or Kezia

  • Name meaning: The Hebrew term for the spice tree, Cassia.
  • Popularity: This K name isn’t ranking.

Mackenzie or Mckenzie or Makenzie

  • Name meaning: Daughter of Kenneth.
  • Popularity: Mackenzie ranks #119, Mckenzie ranks #278, and Makenzie ranks #344.

Mazie

  • Name meaning: Child of light.
  • Popularity: This friendly M name isn’t ranking.

Mazikeen

  • Name meaning: Harmful spirits.
  • Popularity: #998

Nazaria

  • Name meaning: Meaning unknown.
  • Popularity: This unique N name isn’t ranking.

Topaz

  • Name meaning: Birthstone for the month of December.
  • Popularity: #998

Now let’s talk middle names!

Middle name ideas for girl names that start with Z

Here are some beautiful first + middle name combinations for a first name with “Z” as the first letter.

  • Zadie Brooke
  • Zainab Aria
  • Zamira Rose
  • Zana Harper
  • Zaniyah Lily
  • Zara Lennox
  • Zariah Jade
  • Zaylee Palmer
  • Zayn Everly
  • Zelda Paige
 
  • Zella Blakely
  • Zena Noelle
  • Zendaya Lane
  • Zenia Raven
  • Zenith Embry
  • Zeta Harlow
  • Zia Rylan
  • Ziggy Violet
  • Zinnia May
 
  • Zoella Hart
  • Zoey Hazel
  • Zola Phoenix
  • Zora Lavender
  • Zori Scarlett
  • Zorina Ruby
  • Zoya Hadley
 
  • Zuri Madison
  • Zyla Mackenzie
  • Zyon Emersyn
  • Zyra Avery

Now, here are some zippy first + middle name combinations for a first name containing the letter “Z”:

  • Arizona Ruby
  • Azalea Rylan
  • Azariah Rose
  • Daleyza Ivy
  • Eliza Avery
  • Elizabeth Scarlett
  • Esperanza Grace
  • Ezra Phoenix
  • Hazel Alexandra
 
  • Itzayana Faye
  • Itzel Mackenzie
  • Izabella Violet
  • Izaria Gray
  • Jazlyn Mia
  • Jazmin Eve
  • Jazz Emersyn
  • Kenzie Sophia
  • Keziah Ava
 
  • Mackenzie Reese
  • Mazie Lennox
  • Mazikeen Parker
  • Nazaria Hazel
  • Tazara Everly
  • Topaz Skye

Final thoughts on girl names that start with Z

As you’ve now seen for yourself, there aren’t a whole lot of mainstream girl names that start with Z.

That said, there are some cool ideas on this list, and hopefully you fell in love with at least one or two!

Before you make your daughter’s name official, here are two final tips:

    1. Think twice before turning a popular “S” name into a “Z” name. For example, if you turn Sophie into Zophie, there’s a pretty solid chance that your daughter’s name will be misspelled m̶o̶s̶t̶  all of the time.
    2. Watch out for the name Zina. It was initially on my list. It sounds so pretty so I thought it would make a great baby name… until I googled it. Turns out, Zina is the Islamic legal term for unlawful sexual intercourse. Yikes.

Ultimately, you and your partner should choose whichever girl name that starts with Z that makes you the happiest. It’s a very personal decision that only you can make!

Congratulations and good luck choosing the perfect Z name for your baby girl!

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