Meaning and name origin
Zenobia \z(e)-no-bia\ as a girl's name is pronounced ze-NOH-bee-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Zenobia is "life of Zeus". Queen Zenobia (third century BC) was ruler of the wealthy city of Palmyra in the Arabian desert. The name was revived in the 19th century, and has a quaint sound today.
Zenobia is a very popular first name for females (#2044 out of 4276, Top 48%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Zenobia for girls. Zenobia reached its highest rank of #929 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Zenobia and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Zenobia and Zena. (2014 statistics).