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974
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Zola

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  • A user from Saudi Arabia says the name Zola is of African origin and means "Calm and Reserved".
  • A submission from Tennessee, United States says the name Zola means "Tranquil" and is of Swahili origin.

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  1. French novelist and critic; defender of Dreyfus (1840-1902)
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​ of Italian origin.
  2. A female given name created from Zoë or from the surname.

Zola was also found in the following language(s): Italian

Notable Persons Named Zola

Zola Pieterse is an athlete. Zola was born on May 26th, 1966 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa.

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Zola Jesus is an electronic music, synthpop, gothic rock, ambient music, and experimental rock musician. She was most prominent from 2006 to present. Zola was given the name Nika Roza Danilova on April 11th, 1989 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Zola is also known as Danilova and Nika Roza.

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Zola Taylor was a rock, roll, blues, and rhythm musician. She plays Vocals. Her career lasted from 1951 to 1967. Zola was given the name Zola Mae Taylor on March 17th, 1938 in Los Angeles, California U.S. She passed away on April 30th, 2007.

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Zola was born on December 3rd, 1938 in Pittsburgh. He left this life on April 19th, 2006.

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Zola Sidney Themba Skweyiya is a Minister of Social Development, Minister of Public Service, Administration, South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, High Commission of South Africa, and London. Zola was born on April 14th, 1942 in Simon's Town.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Zola

Émile Zola was a naturalism (literature) writer. Émile was given the name Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola on April 2nd, 1840. He died on September 29th, 1902.

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Gianfranco Zola is a soccer player for the Al-Arabi SC (Qatar), Nuorese Calcio, S.E.F. Torres 1903, S.S.C. Napoli, S.S.D. Parma Calcio 1913, Chelsea F.C., Cagliari Calcio, and Italy national football team. Gianfranco was born on July 5th, 1966 in Oliena, Italy.

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Arnim Zola is a comics character.

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Calvin Zola is a soccer player for the Newcastle United F.C., Oldham Athletic A.F.C., Tranmere Rovers F.C., Crewe Alexandra F.C., Burton Albion F.C., Aberdeen F.C., and Stevenage F.C. Calvin was born on December 31st, 1984 in Kinshasa, Zaire.

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Arlette was born in 1949.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 7 7 0
1881 10 10 0
1882 9 9 0
1883 10 10 0
1884 14 14 0
1885 12 12 0
1886 8 8 0
1887 23 23 0
1888 23 23 0
1889 22 22 0
1890 32 32 0
1891 29 29 0
1892 27 27 0
1893 34 34 0
1894 51 51 0
1895 60 60 0
1896 47 47 0
1897 51 51 0
1898 62 62 0
1899 49 49 0
1900 48 48 0
1901 56 56 0
1902 58 58 0
1903 64 64 0
1904 46 46 0
1905 66 66 0
1906 59 59 0
1907 53 53 0
1908 70 70 0
1909 59 59 0
1910 79 79 0
1911 78 78 0
1912 113 113 0
1913 114 114 0
1914 101 101 0
1915 148 148 0
1916 173 167 6
1917 142 137 5
1918 176 176 0
1919 172 172 0
1920 180 180 0
1921 171 171 0
1922 176 171 5
1923 150 145 5
1924 184 184 0
1925 154 154 0
1926 124 124 0
1927 116 116 0
1928 129 129 0
1929 119 119 0
1930 111 111 0
1931 82 82 0
1932 74 74 0
1933 94 94 0
1934 109 109 0
1935 54 54 0
1936 53 53 0
1937 85 85 0
1938 74 74 0
1939 76 76 0
1940 61 61 0
1941 65 65 0
1942 46 46 0
1943 63 63 0
1944 54 54 0
1945 38 38 0
1946 42 42 0
1947 49 49 0
1948 38 38 0
1949 58 58 0
1950 31 31 0
1951 32 32 0
1952 33 33 0
1953 36 36 0
1954 42 42 0
1955 36 36 0
1956 44 44 0
1957 27 27 0
1958 25 25 0
1959 42 42 0
1960 22 22 0
1961 24 24 0
1962 19 19 0
1963 12 12 0
1964 9 9 0
1965 16 16 0
1966 15 15 0
1967 12 12 0
1968 11 11 0
1969 9 9 0
1970 15 15 0
1971 15 15 0
1972 10 10 0
1973 11 11 0
1974 10 10 0
1975 7 7 0
1976 6 6 0
1977 7 7 0
1978 13 13 0
1979 6 6 0
1980 5 5 0
1981 5 5 0
1983 6 6 0
1985 9 9 0
1986 8 8 0
1987 5 5 0
1988 5 5 0
1989 8 8 0
1991 9 9 0
1992 5 5 0
1993 8 8 0
1994 15 15 0
1995 7 7 0
1996 9 9 0
1997 6 6 0
1998 10 10 0
1999 21 21 0
2000 26 26 0
2001 28 28 0
2002 18 18 0
2003 31 31 0
2004 23 23 0
2005 35 35 0
2006 54 54 0
2007 46 46 0
2008 48 48 0
2009 50 50 0
2010 44 44 0
2011 57 57 0
2012 95 95 0
2013 100 100 0
2014 127 127 0
2015 129 129 0
2016 185 185 0
2017 236 236 0

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Popularity of Zola as a first name

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Popularity of Zola as a last name

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Common last names for Zola

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • White
  • Moore
  • Hall
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Campbell
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Common first names for Zola

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Zola U.S.
  White 90.66% 64.26%
  African American 3.49% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.52% 16.26%

Of Last Name Zola

People with the last name Zola are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Zola

  • How Popular is the name Zola? Zola is the 3,004th most popular name of all time. As a last name Zola was the 25,403rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Zola have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,354 babies born with the first name Zola in the United States. That's more than enough people named Zola to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Zola? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Zola first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Zola is Tuesday, May 4th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Zola born? The highest recorded use of the first name Zola was in 2017 with a total of 236 babies.
  • Random Zola Factoid: According to the 1912 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Zola ranks 112th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 6 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1912.
  • Weird things about the name Zola: Your name in reverse order is Aloz. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Laoz. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Zola? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 974 people with the last name Zola.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Zola? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Zola as their last name since less than 1 person in 303k 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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