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What does Zenobia mean?

Zenobia Pronunciation of Zenobia 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, life, wealthy, arabian, 19th century


VARIANTS Cenobia, Cenobie, Zeba, Zeena, Zena, Zenaida, Zenaide, Zenayda, Zenda, Zenina, Zenobie, Zenna



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How popular is Zenobia?

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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Zenobia reached its peak position of #930 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not ranked at the moment. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Zena is the only other popular alternative form of Zenobia. These forms of Zenobia were favored as birth names a century ago (AVERAGE #935).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zenobia, Zena in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Zenobia and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Begonia, Benecia, Benicia, Celosia, Deloria, Denia, Fenia, Genesia, Genevia, Genia, Genisia, Helodia, Henia, Honoria, Jecolia, Jekolia, Kendria, Kenia, Kennia, Leonia, Melodia, Nerolia (see Nerola), Onoria, Sedonia, Segovia, Tenicia, Venecia, Venetia, Venezia, Venia, Venicia, Venitia, Venizia, Xenia, Zeenia, Zelenia, Zelia, Zenia, Zenya, Zinia, Zinnia, Zofia, Zoia, Zolia, Zonia, Zosia and Zsofia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Zenobia.

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