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Origin and Meaning of Zenith

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  • A submission from Michigan, United States says the name Zenith means "The apex, or the highest point." and is of Unknown origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ze"nith
  1. That point in the visible celestial hemisphere which is vertical to the spectator; the point of the heavens directly overhead; -- opposed to nadir."From morn To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve, A summer's day; and with the setting sun Dropped from the zenith, like a falling star." [Milton.]
  2. hence, figuratively, the point of culmination; the greatest height; the height of success or prosperity."I find my zenith doth depend upon A most auspicious star." [Shak.]"This dead of midnight is the noon of thought, And wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars." [Mrs. Barbauld.]"It was during those civil troubles . . . this aspiring family reached the zenith." [Macaulay.]

Etymology: OE. senyth, OF. cenith, F. zénith, Sp. zenit cenit, abbrev. fr. Ar. samt-urras way of the head, vertical place; samt way, path + al the + ras head. Cf. Azimuth

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  1. The point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected

From Middle English cenyth, from Medieval Latin cenit, a transliteration of Arabic سَمْت (samt, “direction, path”) which is in itself a weak abbreviation of سَمْت اَلرَّأْس (samt ar-raʾs, “direction of the head”).

  1. (astronomy) The point in the sky vertically above a given position or observer; the point in the celestial sphere opposite the nadir.
  2. (astronomy) The highest point in the sky reached by a celestial body.
  3. (by extension) Highest point or state; peak.

Notable Persons Named Zenith

Zenith Komarniski is an athlete. He was most prominent from 1998 to 2006. Zenith was born on August 13th, 1978 in Edmonton.


Zénith is an athlete for the Zénith.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Zenith

Monsieur Zenith is a fictional character.


Richard was born on February 23rd, 1956.


Mashangva Zenith is a soccer player for the Churchill Brothers S.C., Mohun Bagan A.C., Shillong Lajong F.C., and United Sikkim F.C. Mashangva was born on February 23rd, 1986 in Manipur, India.


Zénith is an athlete for the Zénith.


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Popularity of Zenith as a last name

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Fun Facts about the name Zenith

  • How Popular is the name Zenith? Zenith is the 17,792nd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Zenith have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 430 babies born with the first name Zenith in the United States. That's more than enough people named Zenith to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Zenith? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1897 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Zenith first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Zenith is Thursday, October 7th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Zenith born? The highest recorded use of the first name Zenith was in 2017 with a total of 19 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Zenith: Your name in reverse order is Htinez. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Henzit. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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