[name_m]Hi[/name_m] berries,

I’m looking for a Z name to honor my grandfather.

[name_u]Four[/name_u] names I’m considering are:

Ze’eva (zeh-vah)

I’d love to know your overall feelings toward these names and what they make you think of or how they differ. In regards to [name_f]Zetta[/name_f] specifically, do you think this is useable / have you ever met a [name_f]Zetta[/name_f]?

In some previous polls is seems most people also prefer [name_f]Ziva[/name_f] to Ze’eva, do you think this is solely because of how it’s spelled / how it looks? [name_u]Or[/name_u] do you think the sound of the name [name_f]Ziva[/name_f] is actually prettier?

TIA :cherry_blossom: :tangerine:

Ze’eva - I like the sound - sharp and warm. However, the pronunciation throws me a bit and I don’t love how it looks? Would it feel familiar to have the accent there where you are? Would people know how to say it?

Zena - is this ‘Zee-nuh’ or ‘zey-nuh’/‘zay-nuh’? Either way, it’s one I’ve always enjoyed. Sort of mystical and warm

Zetta - zippy and cool! I’ve met a Zita but not a Zetta! I prefer it :slight_smile:

Ziva - intriguing and sharp; not my favourite of your options, but I like it still.

I think I prefer the sound of Ze’eva but Ziva does have a more appealing look

I really like Z names!

Ze’eva - I like it as pronounced “Zeh-vah” but I am not as keen on the spelling as proposed by others, “Zeh-Eva” (with a mini pause in between the two sounds). I could get used to it (and some of this might be because I’m not Jewish) but this second pronunciation is not as immediately appealing to me.

[name_f]Zetta[/name_f] - I like this. Made me think of [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] [name_f]Zeta[/name_f] [name_m]Jones[/name_m] - but [name_f]Zetta[/name_f] is fresh, zippy and open. The only downside would be if people where you live rush the T sounds (ie lazy with the T) and make it more “Zedda”.

[name_f]Ziva[/name_f] - “Zeeva” - I do like this name also because of the meaning (bright). I prefer the sound “Zevva” but I prefer [name_f]Ziva[/name_f] over “Zuh-Eva” (ie the two name feel).

[name_f]Zena[/name_f] - if this is “Zeena”, I’m not a big fan on a real baby, it’s too fantasy superhero for me, and maybe a little too seductive and saucy sounding for me (but that’s just me!).

So for me, it’s “Zeh-vah”, [name_f]Ziva[/name_f], [name_f]Zetta[/name_f] or [name_f]Zena[/name_f]. But with the spelling and pronunciation confusion (and meaning), would possibly choose [name_f]Ziva[/name_f]?

[name_f]Zetta[/name_f] and [name_f]Ziva[/name_f] are my favourites.

[name_u]Love[/name_u] Zetta!!

Ze’eva is pretty and seems pretty outright Jewish. I’d want to pronounce this name as three syllables with a glottal stop (“zeh’ehvuh”) rather than just the two syllables, though. I worry the spelling and pronunciation would be a headache in non-Jewish circles.

[name_f]Zena[/name_f] is cute and has a timeless quality to it - I can’t decide if it’s vintage or modern or both, and I like that. It has some spunk and character.

[name_f]Zetta[/name_f] seems quite old-fashioned but not in a way that it sounds out of place with the current vintage revival of names. I do think it’s the least pretty / memorable / personable names on your list, though. I have never heard of [name_f]Zetta[/name_f] (I did hear of a [name_f]Zeta[/name_f] once, though) but I think it is usable.

[name_f]Ziva[/name_f] is super sleek, strong, pretty, modern, and elegant. It’s definitely my favorite of these four! I do prefer both the look and pronunciation of [name_f]Ziva[/name_f] to Ze’eva.

Ziva and Zena are my favs pronunciation wise. I think I just prefer long e sound over short e but I think all of them are cool

I’ve not met one (actually, I haven’t met any of them other than a Xena who’s an adorable husky) but I think it’s usable! Looks spunky and zippy! I think of the greek letter, zeta

While I personally don’t mind how it looks and just prefer the sound of Ziva, I think for most people, it’s because of how it looks and is the least familiar out of the four. While the pronunciation isn’t intuitive, should be an easy correction since it’s only 2 syllables

Zena - I think of Xena: Warrior Princess which I think is a cool

Ziva - I think of that one character on NCIS

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Ze’eva (zeh-vah)
[name_f]Beautiful[/name_f] name, but I don’t think the spelling does it justice. I do think the people on the polls couldn’t see the beauty of this name because this spelling overshadowed it and put the name in a specific box. Zeva could give the same results soundwise, no? [name_u]Or[/name_u] Zehva?

Nice, mystical. Not as unique as the others though.

Spunky, statement name. I like it. I do prefer it’s more sleek, starry sister [name_f]Zeta[/name_f], but [name_f]Zetta[/name_f] is more distinct.

Absolutely beautiful.

I really like the name [name_f]Ziva[/name_f], both the sound and the look appeal the most to me out of all these choices. Also, there was a [name_f]Ziva[/name_f] on the tv show NCIS years ago, so I’ve got a positive association with that name.

[name_f]Zena[/name_f] is a bit too soft for me, sound-wise and Ze’eva I just don’t like as much as [name_f]Ziva[/name_f] sound-wise.
[name_f]Zetta[/name_f] makes me think of the letter Z, which isn’t a negative thing but I’m not a fan of “letter names” personally.

I have a friend called [name_f]Zena[/name_f], people call her [name_u]Zen[/name_u], which given the buddhist meditation link seems rather cool.
[name_f]Ziva[/name_f] is lovely. A very fresh and lively name that is uncommon and yet, somehow familiar.
[name_f]Zetta[/name_f], I am not so keen on. If it were me, it would be [name_f]Ziva[/name_f] or [name_f]Zena[/name_f].