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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Zephaniah

Zephaniah is a name for baby boys with roots in the Hebrew language. It is derived from the Hebrew name Tzefanyah, which means ‘Yahweh has hidden.’ Zephaniah is a combination of the terms tzafan, which means ‘to hide,’ and yah, referring to a Hebrew God. The name also finds mention in the Old Testament, where it is the name of one of the twelve minor prophets in the Book of Zephaniah.

This name is commonly pronounced as zeh-fə-NIE-ə in its core language. The name has several variants in different languages and cultures. These include Tzefanyah in Biblical Hebrew, Zephania in Eastern and Southern African, and  Zeph in English.

Possible nicknames for this name include Zephan, Zee, Zeya, Zephie, and Zephyr. These nicknames provide a more personalized and affectionate way to address someone named Zephaniah.

Several notable personalities have borne this name, contributing to its popularity. For example, Zephaniah Ncube is a Zimbabwean long-distance runner who competed in the Summer Olympics of 1980 and 1984. Zephaniah Skinner is an Australian rules footballer who played with the Western Bulldogs team in the Australian Football League. Benjamin Zephaniah is a British writer and dub poet who was included in the Times list of Britain’s top 50 post-war writers in 2008.

Zephaniah is a unique name choice. Apart from its rarity and distinctiveness, it also has meanings that are deeply rooted in history. The name can be a perfect choice if you are fond of biblical names.


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Treasured by God
Hebrew, Middle East
1 word, 9 letters, 4 vowels, 5 consonants
Long but moderately easy to pronounce

How To Pronounce Zephaniah?

Pronounced as zeh-phah-nih-ah

The way you pronounce a name can make all the difference.

Listen to the sound of the name Zephaniah in English.

Famous People With The Name Zephaniah

  • Zephaniah W. BunceEuro-American settler in St. Clair County, Michigan and a member of the Michigan Territorial Council.
  • Zephaniah Kingsley Sr.Affluent British merchant who was also one of the seven founders of the University of New Brunswick.
  • Zephaniah Alexander LoobyLawyer from Nashville who was active during the time of the Civil Rights movement.
  • Zephaniah PlattAmerican politician and lawyer; founder of the US town of Plattsburgh, New York.
  • Zephaniah Swift18th-century American author who wrote the first legal treatise published in the US.
  • Zephaniah WilliamsWelsh coal miner and Chartist campaigner who was one of the leaders of the Newport Rising of 1839

Zephaniah On The Popularity Chart

Zephaniah is a versatile name that didn’t enjoy much popularity in the US. Check out the graphs below to understand the name’s popularity and ranking trends over the years.

Popularity Over Time

The popularity of Zephaniah has been on a steady rise for the last couple of years. Look at the graph for detailed insights.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Along with the popularity, the ranking of this name has also been on the rise. Look at the graph for more.

Source: Social Security Administration

Zephaniah On MomJunction Popularity Chart

Know how popular the name Zephaniah is among the MomJunction readers. We used a unique approach to gather relevant insights for creating this popularity chart by observing the interactions and interest around the name on our platform. See what the trend has been among our readers over these past years.

Names With Similar Sound As Zephaniah

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Popular Sibling Names For Zephaniah

If you are looking for some matching sibling names that resonate with Zephaniah, check our suggestions here.

Boy Sibling Names For Zephaniah

Find matching brother names for Zephaniah and create a wonderful team of siblings.

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Girl Sibling Names For Zephaniah

Looking for some suitable sister names for Zephaniah? Check out our collection of beautiful and unique names.

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Other Popular Names Beginning With Z

Looking for more baby names starting with the letter Z to resonate with your family’s naming tradition or to rhyme with the sibling names? Find a range of alternative names starting with this letter.

Names With Similar Meaning As Zephaniah

Zephaniah has religious connotations. Here are a few more names that carry similar meanings.

Popular Songs On The Name Zephaniah

Acrostic Poem On Zephaniah

Dive into the lyrical charm of the name Zephaniah with this acrostic poem. Witness how each letter paints together a story, capturing the name’s individuality, strength, vitality, and sophistication. Inspiring, is it? Why not try a similar poem that describes what you think of your baby’s personality?


Zealous dreamer, lighting up the zen night sky.


Enchanting like a garden of wildflowers.


Perceptive mind that embraces positivity, seeing possibilities everywhere.


Harmonious, much like the humble song of a harp.


Adorable like a sweet-smelling rose.


Noble and pious, an angel sent from above.


Insightful and calm, always a charm.


Ambitious achiever aiming for lofty aspirations.


Helping hands that inspire heartfelt moments.

Zephaniah’s Zodiac Sign And Birth Star As Per Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology, also called Jyotisha, provides deep insights into a person’s life based on celestial positions at birth. Rashi and nakshatra, which are an integral part of Jyotisha, are believed to influence an individual’s personality and life events. The following sections give you rashi-related information, such as the associated letters, elements, ruling body, quality, and nakshatra for the name Zephaniah. These details help analyze a person’s characteristics, personality, and behavior.

Zodiac Sign (Rashi)

As shown in the following table, each rashi is associated with specific sounds, which are often used as the starting letters of names for newborns in Hindu families. Each rashi is represented by a figure and one of the five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether (Space). One ruling celestial body, known as its 'rashi lord' or 'ruler' is assigned to these rashis. These bodies include Venus, Mars, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn. Furthermore, the rashis are assigned various qualities or gunas.

Rashi (zodiac sign)Meena (Pisces)
Starting letters for Meena (Pisces) rashiD, CH, Z, TH
Ruling bodyJupiter

Birth Star (Nakshatra)

Another important aspect of Vedic Astrology is the nakshatras, the lunar constellations or star clusters that the Moon occupies during a person's birth. There are 27 nakshatras, each with its own unique qualities, attributes, and symbolism. Each rashi contains two-and-one-fourth nakshatras in it. For example, Aries contains Ashwini, Bharani, and Krithika nakshatras.

The below table provides information on the nakshatras’ degrees on the zodiac circle, their lords and related syllables, for babies born in the Meena (Pisces) rashi. These syllables/phonetics are popularly used to choose the baby name. For precise nakshatra calculation based on your baby's birthplace and date, use our Nakshatra Calculator.

NakshatraDegrees Of The NakshatraNakshatra
Lord (Ruler)
Name Syllables
Poorvabhadrapada (Purvabhadra, Pururuttathy)Pisces (0 to 3.20 degrees)JupiterSe, So, Dha, Dhi, Di, Da, Daa, Dee
Uttarabhadrapada (Uthrittathy)Pisces (3.20 to 16.40 degrees)SaturnDu, Tha, Jha, Na, Gna, Jna, Da, Gy
RevathiPisces (16.40 to 30 degrees)MercuryDe, Do, Cha, Chaa, Chi, Chee

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Zephaniah In Different Languages

It’s exciting to see our baby’s name spelled and written in various languages. See how people spell Zephaniah in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and more! Each language has its own way of saying Zephaniah, but it’s still the same special name. Learn how the name looks and sounds in different languages around the world!

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How To Communicate The Name Zephaniah In Sign Languages

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Name Numerology For Zephaniah

Numerology is an occult system that gives significance to numbers and their influence on human life and destiny. Numerologists attribute specific qualities, energies, and characteristics to a number. Parents who believe in numerology prefer to choose baby names that resonate positively with the child’s unique numerical vibrations, often derived from their date of birth. Here we give a general birth number and personality traits of the name Zephaniah, based on the Pythagorean (Western) system. This analysis will differ from child to child based on their date of birth. You may use our numerology calculator for more personalized information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the meaning of the name Zephaniah?

The name Zephaniah means treasured by god.

2. What is the origin of the name Zephaniah?

Zephaniah has a Hebrew and Middle East origin.

3. How to pronounce the name Zephaniah?

Zephaniah is pronounced as zeh-phah-nih-ah.

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