How popular is the baby name Ziva in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Ziva.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Ziva


Posts that Mention the Name Ziva

Blogiversary: NBN’s Sweet Sixteen

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Nancy’s Baby Names was launched on March 6, 2006. So today is the blog’s birthday.

In fact, it’s the blog’s sweet sixteen!

Happy birthday, NBN. :)

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Minimalist baby names

minimalist, short, trendy, baby names

Are you a baby name minimalist?

If so, here’s a long list of baby names that fall somewhere between short/simple and modern/stylish.

All 111 of these names have made gains recently — Hank and Linus included!

For details on usage, click through to see the popularity graphs.

  1. Ace
  2. Amal
  3. Amna
  4. Amos
  5. Ander
  6. Ansel
  7. Ari
  8. Arlo
  9. Asa
  10. Asher
  11. Aspen
  12. Atlas
  13. Avi
  14. Aziz
  15. Azra
  16. Beck
  17. Clio
  18. Colt
  19. Cora
  20. Dash
  21. Dax
  22. Dean
  23. Demi
  24. Eden
  25. Elon
  26. Ember
  27. Ender
  28. Enzo
  29. Esme
  30. Ever
  31. Ezra
  32. Felix
  33. Ford
  34. Fox
  35. Gaia
  36. Halo
  37. Hank
  38. Haven
  39. Hawk
  40. Honor
  41. Huck
  42. Hugo
  43. Idris
  44. Io
  45. Juno
  46. Kai
  47. King
  48. Koa
  49. Lane
  50. Lark
  51. Leo
  52. Lev
  53. Levi
  54. Linus
  55. Liv
  56. Loki
  57. Lola
  58. Lotus
  59. Luca
  60. Luna
  61. Lux
  62. Mia
  63. Milo
  64. Mina
  65. Mira
  66. Nala
  67. Nara
  68. Nash
  69. Neo
  70. Nico
  71. Nola
  72. Noor
  73. Nora
  74. Nova
  75. Ori
  76. Orla
  77. Orli
  78. Pax
  79. Reem
  80. Remy
  81. Rex
  82. Rio
  83. Riva
  84. Ronan
  85. Rory
  86. Rush
  87. Sage
  88. Sia
  89. Silas
  90. Sky
  91. Sol
  92. Soren
  93. Taj
  94. Tesla
  95. Thea
  96. Theo
  97. Thor
  98. Titan
  99. Titus
  100. Valor
  101. Vida
  102. West
  103. Zane
  104. Zelda
  105. Zen
  106. Zia
  107. Zion
  108. Ziv
  109. Ziva
  110. Zola
  111. Zora

What are your thoughts on minimalist-style baby names? Will you be using one? (Have you used one already?)

Where did the baby name Ziva come from?

Actress Ziva Rodann
Ziva Rodann

The exotic name Ziva first showed up in the U.S. baby name data during the 1960s:

  • 1962: 9 baby girls named Ziva
  • 1961: 8 baby girls named Ziva
  • 1960: 6 baby girls named Ziva [debut]
  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: unlisted

What was the influence?

Israeli-born actress Ziva Rodann, who appeared in movies and on TV from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s.

Her movies included the The Story of Ruth* (1960) and The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) with Mickey Rooney. In terms of television, she could be seen on episodes of shows like Bonanza, Have Gun – Will Travel, and Batman (on which she twice played the role of Nefertiti).

Her first name is a feminine form of the Hebrew name Ziv, which means “bright, radiant.”

The name dropped out of the data after that initial run, but returned in 2005 — the year the popular TV series NCIS introduced an Israeli character named Ziva David (played by Chilean actress Cote de Pablo†). Usage of the name increased quite a bit starting in 2009 — the year Ziva David was held captive in Somalia.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Ziva?

Sources: Ziva Rodann – IMDb, Ziv – Behind the Name

*The star of the movie was fellow Israeli actress Elana Eden, and the baby name Elana correspondingly saw an uptick in usage in 1960.
†Cote/Coté is a common Chilean nickname for María José.