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What does Zev mean?

Zev Pronunciation of Zev [zev] as a boys' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Zev is "wolf". Used in Israel. Often combined with Binyamin or Benjamin.

Associated with: wolf.


Zev has 1 variant: Zeev.

2 more alternative forms via Benjamin, Binyamin: Ben and Benn.

Creative forms:
(male) Deev, Zede, ..

(female) Zeda, Zede, ..

Middle name pairings:
Zev Grayson (Z.G.), ..

How popular is Zev?

Zev is an unusual first name for males. Zev is an equally uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Zev entered the list in 1990 and reached its peak rank of #1136 in the U.S. in 2013, and is currently at #1169. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zev name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Zev outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Ben (#740 a year ago) and Benjamin (#10) are the prominent related forms of Zev (#1169 a year ago). These relations of Zev were popular with parents 135 years ago (median #695) and have remained as common to this day (#639, 8.2%). Benjamin has generally been the top pick of parents, while Ben has lost favor.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zev, Ben, Benjamin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ben, Benjamin outside U.S.

Similar Names

Zev is alike in pronunciation to Ziv. Other recommended names are Bev, Dev, Lev, Nev, Zeb and Zed. Like Zev, these names are not frequently used.

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