What does Zenobia mean?
Zenobia \z(e)-no-bia\ as a girls' 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 prominent first name for women (#2044 out of 4276, Top 48%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Zenobia for girls. Zenobia reached its peak position of #929 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Zena is the only other popular alternative form of Zenobia. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.136%) and are now less popular, with the version Zena becoming less in vogue. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Zenobia and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)