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Updated June 6, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

What does Zion mean and stand for?


  • Hebrew: A place of peace and refuge; highest point
  • Biblical: The promised land, representing heaven

Gender: Male, unisex

Syllables: 2

Pronunciation: The name Zion is pronounced zye-on

The name Zion has its origins in ancient Hebrew texts, where it was used to denote a place of peace, refuge, and the promised land, often associated with Jerusalem and the highest point in the city. In Biblical contexts, Zion represents heaven and spiritual kingship. It continues to carry a strong historical and cultural significance in modern times.

How Popular Is The Name Zion

Family name origins & meanings

Jewish: ornamental name from Hebrew tsion "(Mount) Zion", the hill in Jerusalem on which the city of David was built, or from the male personal name derived from the name of the mount.

Famous people who gave their babies this name

Zion in Pop Culture

Do you know these fictional characters that share this first name?

  • Zion from The Matrix Trilogy - Zion is not a character, but a human city and the last bastion of mankind in the war against the machines.
  • Zion from One Night in Miami - Zion is a character who is a friendly server at a Miami nightclub.
  • Zion from Moonlight - Zion is a young boy who represents innocence and the struggles of growing up black and gay in America.
  • Zion from The L Word: Generation Q - Zion is a character who navigates relationships and identity within the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Zion Quinn from WWE NXT - Zion Quinn is a professional wrestler known for his athletic prowess and charismatic persona.

Popularity of the Name Zion

According to Social Security Administration data, Zion has seen a steady rise in popularity over recent years. In 2023, Zion ranked within the top 200 baby names in the U.S., reflecting its growing appeal among new parents.

Zion has historical significance as it is often associated with a Biblical term for the Promised Land and as a reference to the City of Jerusalem in the Old Testament, now used to symbolize national aspirations or Zionism. Notable personalities named Zion include Zion Williamson, a prominent basketball player in the NBA. In media, Zion is famously known as the last human city in the Matrix movie series. The name's unique sound and profound meaning contribute to its enduring popularity.

Where Is the Name Zion Popular?

This name is most popular across certain states in the U.S., including those highlighted on the map below.

Nicknames for Zion

These shortened names can make great nicknames for your baby.

  • Zi

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