Zia


Gender: Masculine / Feminine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “Light, splendor, glow.”

Pronunciation: (ZEE-uh)

Nicknames: Zi

Detail: According to the Holy Quran it means the “light of true knowledge”.

Variations:

  • Zia
  • Ziya
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Oxana


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Hospitality.”

Pronunciation: (ahks-AH-nah)

Nicknames: Ox, Oxi, Oka, Xana, Xani

Ukrainian form of the Greek Xenia, meaning “hospitality “.

Xenia was a 5th century saint.

Female Variations:

  • Aksinya (Russian)
  • Ksenia (Polish)
  • Ksenija (Slovene, Croatian)
  • Oksana (Ukrainian, Russian)
  • Oxana (Ukrainian, Russian)
  • Senja (Finnish)
  • Xena (Modern)
  • Xene (Greek)
  • Xenia (Greek)
  • Zena (English)
  • Zenia (English)

Zosimus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Able to survive.”

Pronunciation: (ZOH-suh-muhs) Listen

Nicknames: Zo, Zosi

Detail: A Greek name derived from zosimos meaning “viable” or “likely to survive”.

This was the name of several early saints and a pope.

Male Variations:

  • Sosimo (Spanish)
  • Zosimo (Spanish)
  • Zosimos (Ancient Greek)
  • Zosimus (Ancient Greek)

Female Variations:

  • Zosime (Ancient Greek) [ZOH-suh-mee]
    • Nicknames: Zosi, Zoe