Meaning: “west wind.”
The name is derived from the Greek Zephyros (Ζεφυρος), meaning, “the west wind.”
In Greek mythology, the name is borne by one of the four wind gods, known as the Anemoi.
Zephyr was the god of the west wind; harbinger of gentle breezes and warm air that comes with late spring and early summer. He was the husband of Chloris (greenery) and the father of Carpos (fruit).
Another form is Zephyrinus, which was borne by a 3rd-century martyr and also borne by a Pope.
His Roman counterpart is Favonius.
Other forms include:
- Zefirinus (Afrikaans)
- Zèfir/Zeferí (Catalan)
- Zeperino (Cebuano)
- Zefirin (Croatian)
- Zefyrinus (Czech/Danish/Dutch)
- Zefyr (Danish/German/Norwegian/Polish/Swedish)
- Zéphyr/Zéphyrin (French)
- Zephyros Ζεφυρος (Greek)
- Tzafrir צַפְרִיר (Hebrew)
- Zephürosz (Hungarian: very obscure)
- Zefiro (Italian)
- Zephyrus/Zephyrinus (Latin)
- Zefyras/Zefyrinas (Lithuanian)
- Zefiryn (Polish)
- Zéfiro/Zeferino (Portuguese)
- Zefirin (Romanian)
- Céfiro/Ceferino (Spanish/Galician)
Nicknames include Zef.
Feminine forms are
- Zéphyrine (French)
- Zeferina (Italian)
- Zeferyna (Polish)