Who needs to be at the front of the line? Baby names beginning X, Y, or Z are excellent and they give your child a bit of an edge. Let’s leave boring names in the past! It’s time for parents to start spicing things up and choosing names that are as lively and unique as they are. A lot of thought goes into naming a baby and by choosing a fun and unusual name, you can help your kid stand out.
By looking at the end of the alphabet, we were able to discover some fascinating names for girls. It’s time to chart a new course away from Andrea, Anna, Amelia, and Anne. Here are 20 zesty, zingy, zazzy baby names for girls that begin with X, Y, or Z.
Popular baby names like Mia, Emma, Ava, and Olivia clearly have a lot going for them. If you like names in that lane, but want to be more adventurous, consider Xia. In Mandarin, the name is pronounced “shee-ah” but the Anglicized pronunciation, “zhee-ah” is also very nice. The name means “glow of the sunrise.”
Yazmin is a gorgeous name for girls that has Arabic and Persian origins. The name means “jasmine flower” as you might have guessed. The name is extremely popular around the world and in the US it’s one of the top 1,000 names for girls ranking at 930 in 2018.
If Alexandra seems like a mouthful to you, consider it’s casual cousin, Xandra. The name is a popular Spanish form of Alexandra which comes from Greek and means “man’s defender.” The pronunciation of Xandra sounds awfully close to Sandra, so keep that in mind.
Xyleena is an Ancient Greek name that’s unfortunately fallen from fashion. The name means “forest dweller.” So, if you’re after a nature-inspired baby name that’s not too on the nose, Xyleena might be a perfect choice.
Do you love the name, Simone, but want something with more character? Ximena is the Spanish form of the biblical name, Simon. The name means “listener” and it is absolutely stunning.
Yaretzi is a name for girls from the Nahuatl or Aztec language which jumped onto the US popularity list in 2006 and made a brief appearance in the Top 300 before sliding down. The name has a heartfelt meaning: “you will always be loved.”
The most milquetoast name on this list, which might explain why Megyn Kelly chose it for her daughter, Yardley has English origins and means “wood clearing.” It shares the same origin as “yard.” If you want a name that conveys “three feet in length” consider Yardley.
Ziva, pronounced “zeev-uh,” is a handsome Hebrew name that means “brilliance.” Ziva is also the name of a popular puff pastry you’ll find served in Tel Aviv.
Zola has both Latin and African origins. Depending on which you translate, the name means “Earth” or “peaceful.” Eddie Murphy named one of his daughters Zola Ivy, a most beautiful name.
Zephyrus was a Greek god of wind. This Greek name refers to Zephyrus and means “west wind.” This delightful name for girls would be an excellent choice.
The name of one of Nigeria’s biggest cities, Zaria has Arabic origins and means “rose.” More popular variations include Zariah and Zariyah are also wonderful, but we prefer the smoothness of Zaria.
Xiomara is a wildly popular name in Latin America. It’s the female form of Guiomar with origins in both Spanish and Portuguese. The name means “famous in battle.” Xiomara Alfaro was an iconic Cuban bolero singer who brings pride to this name.
The classic name for girls, Zoe ranked as the 40th most popular name for girls in the US in 2018. Zoe has Greek origins and means “life.” Alternate spellings include Zoey, Zoie, and Zooey.
Yuli is a Basque form of Julia which means “youthful.” Yuli has a playful sound to it and it’s much more exciting than Julie. In Russia, you’ll also find the name, but there, it’s typically given to men and a form of Yury or Uri.
Yvonne is a beautiful name for girls with French origins. The name means “yew tree” and was also an occupational name for archers. Actor Yvonne Orji of Insecure fame proudly has this name.
The name Yara can be found around the world. In Arabic, the name means “small butterfly.” In Brazil, Yara is the name of a goddess who is celebrated by Native cultures. In Cuba, it’s the name of a town and in the Taino language, it means “town.” It’s safe to say, Yara enjoys broad appeal.
Zaylee is a contemporary invention. While it might seem unusual to you, Zaylee is actually in the top 1000 names for girls in the US. Zaylee makes for a welcome alternative to Hailey, Bailey, or Kailey.
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Zelda is the shortened form of the German name Griselda. The name means “gray fighting maid,” so there’s that. Would you believe that Zaylee is a more popular name than Zelda in the US? It is. Zelda has been growing in popularity over the last 20 years and we’d love to see that continue.
Zakiya has origins in both Hebrew and Arabic and means “pure” or “intelligent.” Variations in spelling include Zakia, Zakiya, Zakiyah, Zakiyya, or Zakieh. This three-syllable baby name sounds percussive and lively.
Another form of the aforementioned, Zaria, Zahra which means “beautiful.” This Arabic name enjoys popularity thanks to Fatimah-Zahra who was the youngest daughter of the Prophet Muhammad. This particular spelling of the name ranked at 589 in 2018.
There you have it! 20 wonderful baby names for girls that begin with X, Y, or Z that we absolutely adore. These bold names would be great options for your child.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
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