Zen name meaning

Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Zen mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Zen

User Submitted Origins

Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Australia says the name Zen is of Greek origin and means "Greek origins- Gift from Zeus".
  2. A user from New Zealand says the name Zen means "Absorb".
  3. A user from Colorado, U.S. says the name Zen is of Japanese origin and means "A respectful person, Who isn't afraid. He/She tries their best to succeed and doesn't believe in giving up".
  4. A user from Florida, U.S. says the name Zen means "Meditation".
  5. According to a user from Australia, the name Zen is of Japanese origin and means "From war to Peace".
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  1. Street name for lysergic acid diethylamide
  2. A Buddhist doctrine that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight
  3. School of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan

From Japanese 禅(ぜん) (zen), from Middle Chinese 禪 (MC d͡ʑiᴇn), an abbreviation of 禪那 (MC d͡ʑiᴇn nɑ), from Sanskrit ध्यान (dhyāna, “a type of meditation”). Akin to dhyana.

  1. (religion) A denomination of Buddhism elaborated in Japan.
  2. (religion) Profound meditation within that denomination of Buddhism.
  3. (informal) A philosophy of calm, reminiscent of that of the Buddhist denomination.

Zen was also found in the following language(s): German, Irish, and Japanese

Notable Persons Named Zen

Notable Persons Named Zen

Zen Gesner

Zen Gesner is an actor. He has been prominent since 1994. Zen was given the name Zen Brant Gesner on June 23rd, 1970 in Van Nuys, California, U.S.

Zen the Intergalactic Ninja

Zen the Intergalactic Ninja is a comics character.

Zen Chong

He was most prominent from 2001 to present. Zen was born on August 15th, 1978. Zen is also known as Zzen Zhang (章缜翔).


Zen is a fictional character.

Zen Kajihara

Zen Luzniak

Zen Luzniak is a soccer player for the Wake Forest University, Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1988–94), Carolina Dynamo, and United States men's national soccer team. Zen was born in Newark, New Jersey.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Zen

Notable Persons With the Last Name Zen

Aurelio Zen

Aurelio Zen is a fictional character.

Joseph Zen

Joseph Zen is a cardinal. His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to 2009. Joseph was born on January 12th, 1931.

Kivlan Zen

His military service ended in 1998. Kivlan was born on December 24th, 1946 in Aceh.


Zen is a fictional character.

Lucas Zen

Lucas Zen is a soccer player for the Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas and Esporte Clube Vitória. Lucas was born on June 17th, 1991 in Rio de Janeiro.

Liquid Zen


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Zen U.S.
  White 35.23% 64.26%
  African American 5.30% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 51.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.89% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.06% 16.26%

Of Last Name Zen

People with the last name Zen are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Zen

  • How Popular is the name Zen? Zen is the 7,589th most popular name of all time. As a last name Zen was the 73,464th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Zen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,754 babies born with the first name Zen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Zen to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Zen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1969 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Zen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Zen is Tuesday, May 28th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Zen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Zen was in 2019 with a total of 127 babies.
  • Random Zen Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Zen is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 16 babies in California have the same name in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Zen: The name spelled backwards is Nez. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nze. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Zen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 264 people with the last name Zen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Zen? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Zen as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Zen name meaning

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