Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Zephyr

Zephyros (Ζεφυρος) is an ancient Greek word for “west wind” and, apropos, it’s also the name of the Greek god of the west wind. In Western tradition, the west wind is considered the gentlest or mildest of wind directions (blowing from the west in an eastward direction). When the warm west winds came, spring was near, so Zephyr was often depicted as the messenger of spring (his wind brought rains that awakened the plant life). Varying tales survive surrounding Zephyr’s place in Greek mythology, but perhaps the one most retold is that of his love for the Spartan prince Hyacinth (although Apollo had designs on the boy himself). When Zephyr saw Hyacinth and Apollo together sporting around with a discus, he jealously blew his wind causing the discus to strike Hyacinth in the head, thus killing him. Apollo made the hyacinth flower from his blood. Zephyr was also known as the brother-husband of several of his sisters: Iris (goddess of the rainbow), Chloris (goddess of flowers) and Podarge, a harpie (half bird/half female creature) with whom he sired Balios and Xanthos, the immortal horses given to Achilles during the Trojan War. As a given name, Zephyr is considered gender-neutral, although it’s far more popular for boys. Overall, though, Zephyr is a very rare name.

All About the Baby Name – Zephyr

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME ZEPHYR

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME ZEPHYR

Zephyr has never been used with enough frequency to land a position on America’s Top 1000 list of names for either gender. Case in point, Zephyr was given to a total of 60 baby boys in 2012 and 20 baby girls. Indeed, we are talking about a very uncommon name here. There are three very good reasons to like this name, however. One, it’s meaning (west wind) is calm and reassuring. Two, its ancient roots in Greek mythology add dimension and interest. And three, it’s a “Z” name – which is unusual and therefore unique.

Quick Facts

ON ZEPHYR

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Greek

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

ZEFF-er

SIMPLE MEANING:

West wind

Characteristics

OF ZEPHYR

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Zephyr

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ZEPHYR

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Zephyr

Popular Songs

ON ZEPHYR

Zephyr
a song by Echo & The Bunnymen

The Zephyr Song
a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Texas Silver Zephyr
a song by Hank Snow

Famous People

NAMED ZEPHYR

We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Zephyr.

Children of Famous People

NAMED ZEPHYR

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Zephyr

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ZEPHYR

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Zephyr