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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Zion

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  • A submission from North Carolina, United States says the name Zion means "Gift of the father of earth".
  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Zion is of Hebrew origin and means "The beautiful city of God".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Zi"on
  1. [Jewish Antiq] A hill in Jerusalem, which, after the capture of that city by the Israelites, became the royal residence of David and his successors.
  2. Hence, the theocracy, or church of God.
  3. The heavenly Jerusalem; heaven.

Etymology: Heb. tsīyōn, originally, a hill

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal
  2. Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine
  3. Originally a stronghold captured by David (the 2nd king of the Israelites); above it was built a temple and later the name extended to the whole hill; finally it became a synonym for the city of Jerusalem ("the inhabitants of Jerusalem are personified as `the daughter of Zion'")

From Hebrew ציון (tsiyón)

  1. A mountain in Israel on which Jerusalem is built.
  2. Jerusalem.
  3. (metaphorical): The whole nation of Israel.
  4. A male given name of modern usage.
  5. A female given name

Zion was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Zion

Zion Golan is a singing. He plays Drum machine, Electronic keyboard, and Music sequencer. Zion was born on October 6th, 1955.


Zion was born on September 8th, 1922 in Jerusalem. He passed away on November 23rd, 2008.


Zion was born on February 10th, 1958 in Pickens, South Carolina.


Zion Tzemah is a soccer player for the Hapoel Acre F.C., Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C., Sektzia Nes Tziona F.C., Hapoel Ramat Gan Givatayim F.C., Maccabi Petah Tikva F.C., F.C. Ironi Ashdod, Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan F.C., Enosis Neon Paralimni FC, Israel national under-17 football team, and Israel national. Zion was born on January 19th, 1990 in Kiryat Ono. Zion is also known as ציון צמח (Hebrew).


Zion was born in 1951 in Morocco.


Zion Merili is a soccer player for the Hapoel Jerusalem F.C., Maccabi Haifa F.C., and Israel national football team. Zion was born on February 11th, 1957 in Jerusalem.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Zion

Daniel was born in 1881 in Thessaloniki. He breathed his last breath in 1976.


Sidney was born in 1933. He left this life in 2009.


He was most prominent from 1967 to 1975. Roger was born on September 17th, 1921 in Escanaba, Michigan.


His military service ended in 1904. William was born on October 23rd, 1872 in Knightstown, Indiana. He died on March 25th, 1919.


Naor Zion is a comedian, actor, writer, and director. He was most prominent from 1993 to 1993. Naor was born on February 10th, 1973 in Ramat HaSharon.


Jonathan Zion is a hockey player for the Allen Americans in the Central Hockey League. His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. Jonathan was born on May 21st, 1981 in Nepean, Ontario.


How popular is the baby name Zion in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1917 6 0 6
1973 5 0 5
1974 12 0 12
1975 8 0 8
1976 7 0 7
1977 8 0 8
1978 9 0 9
1979 8 0 8
1980 6 0 6
1981 10 0 10
1982 11 0 11
1983 10 0 10
1984 6 0 6
1985 14 5 9
1987 12 0 12
1988 12 0 12
1989 15 6 9
1990 9 0 9
1991 18 0 18
1992 39 8 31
1993 32 5 27
1994 48 11 37
1995 50 10 40
1996 81 20 61
1997 92 22 70
1998 285 43 242
1999 1,237 167 1,070
2000 1,160 156 1,004
2001 1,010 143 867
2002 953 125 828
2003 1,015 137 878
2004 1,219 212 1,007
2005 1,366 248 1,118
2006 1,637 337 1,300
2007 2,073 524 1,549
2008 2,034 434 1,600
2009 1,865 394 1,471
2010 1,939 414 1,525
2011 1,927 472 1,455
2012 1,884 354 1,530
2013 1,850 328 1,522
2014 1,776 297 1,479
2015 1,987 308 1,679
2016 2,130 296 1,834
2017 2,240 284 1,956
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Zion

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Popularity of Zion as a first name

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Popularity of Zion as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Zion U.S.
  White 89.83% 64.26%
  African American 4.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.99% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.68% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.20% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.90% 16.26%

Of Last Name Zion

People with the last name Zion are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Zion

  • What name lists does Zion rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Zion? Zion is the 1,323rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Zion was the 20,216th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Zion have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32,115 babies born with the first name Zion in the United States. That's more than enough people named Zion to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Zion? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1917 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Zion first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Zion is Tuesday, December 19th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Zion born? The highest recorded use of the first name Zion was in 2017 with a total of 1,956 babies. That's a lot of babies named Zion!
  • Random Zion Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Zion ranks 73rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 18 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Zion: Your name in reverse order is Noiz. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Noiz. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Zion? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,318 people with the last name Zion.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Zion? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Zion as their last name since less than 1 person in 222k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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