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in the U.S.
since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Zoya

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  • A submission from Bahrain says the name Zoya means "Gods gift" and is of Greek origin.
  • A user from Texas, U.S. says the name Zoya is of Urdu origin and means "Brilliant light".
  • A user from India says the name Zoya is of Arabic origin and means "Gift of God".
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International Interest

Notable Persons Named Zoya

Zoya Akhtar is a director and screenwriter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to present. Zoya was born on October 14th, 1972 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.


Zoya Afroz is a model (people), actor, model, and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1999. Zoya was born on January 10th, 1994 in Lucknow.


Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya is a military person.


Zoya Fyodorova was an actor and actress. Zoya was given the name Zoya Alekseyevna Fyodorova in 1909 in Saint Petersburg. She died on December 11th, 1981.


Zoya Ivanovna Voskresenskaya was a nkvd foreign agent, author, and diplomat. Her career lasted from 1930 to 1992. Zoya was given the name Зоя Ивановна Воскресенская on April 28th, 1907 in Tula Oblast. She breathed her last breath on April 12th, 1992.


Zoya was born in 1952.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Zoya

Shaalin Zoya is an actress. She was most active from 2004 to present. Shaalin was born on February 22nd, 1997 in Kozhikode, Kerala, India. Shaalin is also known as Shalu.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1963 5 5 0
1982 6 6 0
1987 5 5 0
1988 10 10 0
1989 15 15 0
1990 21 21 0
1991 19 19 0
1992 25 25 0
1993 24 24 0
1994 13 13 0
1995 45 45 0
1996 58 58 0
1997 38 38 0
1998 37 37 0
1999 52 52 0
2000 59 59 0
2001 64 64 0
2002 59 59 0
2003 67 67 0
2004 84 84 0
2005 87 87 0
2006 77 77 0
2007 106 106 0
2008 119 119 0
2009 123 123 0
2010 148 148 0
2011 156 156 0
2012 147 147 0
2013 222 222 0
2014 225 225 0
2015 173 173 0
2016 219 219 0
2017 202 202 0
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Zoya

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Zoya as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Zoya

  • How Popular is the name Zoya? Zoya is the 5,576th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Zoya have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,710 babies born with the first name Zoya in the United States. That's more than enough people named Zoya to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Zoya? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1963 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Zoya first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Zoya is Sunday, July 24th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Zoya born? The highest recorded use of the first name Zoya was in 2014 with a total of 225 babies.
  • Random Zoya Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Zoya is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 40 babies in California have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Zoya: Your name in reverse order is Ayoz. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Zayo. 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).
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