Zion Name Meaning

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What Does Zion Mean?

The name Zion is of Hebrew origin meaning "highest point." Zion has made a steady rise in popularity since 1998 which coincides with Lauryn Hill naming her son Zion in 1997.

In the Old Testament, the name Zion is used to refer to the city of Jerusalem and is the source of the term Zionism. But you don't have to have Hebrew or Jewish roots to choose the name Zion, it's a versatile and popular (though not over-used) name that your baby can make all their own.

  • Origin: The name Zion is of Hebrew origins meaning "highest point."
  • Gender: Zion is a popular boy name and a less commonly used girl name.
  • Pronunciation: Zih-yan or Zee-yon



Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular is the Name Zion?

The name Zion is traditionally used as a boy name. It's been a popular choice since it arrived on the top 1,000 baby boy names' chart in 1998, at 695th position. Zion had a real surge in popularity that year, landing it in 274th position in 1999. Since then, Zion's popularity has remained steady, reaching peak popularity at 144th spot in 2020.

As a girl name, Zion is less commonly used. It arrived in the top 1,000 girl names' charts in 2005 at 988th position. Its peak year was 2007 when it reached 575th spot. The name fell off the 1,000 girl names' charts in 2017.

Name Variations

Variations of the name Zion include:

  • Zeon
  • Zionne
  • Zyon
  • Zyonne

Similar Names

If you like the name Zion, you may like some of the following names:

  • Ariel
  • Eden
  • Ezekiel
  • Jordan
  • Josiah
  • Jericho
  • Lavi
  • Leor
  • Saint
  • Selah
  • Shia
  • Uriah
  • Yann

Check out these other Hebrew baby names:

  • Aviva
  • Ari
  • Caleb
  • Dov
  • Eliab
  • Erez
  • Ezra
  • Gabriella
  • Jael
  • Jesse
  • Malachi
  • Mari
  • Noam
  • Uri
  • Yaffa
  • Yoram

Here are some other names that start with Z:

  • Zachary
  • Zain
  • Zander
  • Zahid
  • Zahir
  • Zale
  • Zeb
  • Zeke
  • Zephyr
  • Zeus
  • Zoro
  • Zinn
  • Zimram

Suggested Sibling Names

Potential sibling names for Zion could be:

  • Anais
  • Briony
  • Dax
  • Esme
  • Fern
  • Gigi
  • Kaz
  • Lani
  • Oscar
  • Paxton
  • Rain
  • Selah
  • Trey
  • Uxley
  • Zara
  • Zoe

Famous People Named Zion

Here is a list of famous people named Zion:

  • Zion Cohen, an Israeli footballer
  • Zion Golan, an Israeli singer
  • Zion Johnson, an American football player
  • Zion Levy, an Israeli rabbi
  • Zion Lights, a British-Indian activist
  • Zion Nelson, an American football player
  • Zion Suzuki, a Japanese-American goalkeeper
  • Zion Tupuola-Fetui, an American football player
  • Zion Williamson, an American basketball player
  • Zion Wright, an American skateboarder
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By Shannon Day
Shannon Day is a freelance writer specializing in parenting, lifestyle, and women's humor. She has been published in several online parenting and lifestyle sites as well as in print. Shannon is also the co-author of Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!