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Ze'ev, Zev
Zeev Jabotinsky.jpg
Ze'ev Jabotinsky, arguably the most famous Ze'ev
Word/nameTranslation of Yiddish װאלף "Volf"
Other names
Alternative spellingZeev, Zev, Zeeb, Zeb, Seff
Related namesWolf (name)

Ze'ev (Hebrew: זְאֵב / זאב‎ zeév) is a name of Hebrew origin which means wolf. The given name is a masculine form relatively common among Ashkenazi Jews, especially those living in the State of Israel. It is a Biblical name, adapted from a reference to Benjamin in Genesis as a "wolf that raveneth." It re-appeared in relatively recent times as a translation of the Yiddish name װאָלף "Volf" or "Wolf". The name "Wolf" (in German) was relatively common among Germans.

The Bible mentions a person directly named Ze'ev, one of the Midianite leaders defeated by the Judge Gideon (see Oreb and Zeeb). However, the identical modern name is not derived from this character, an ancient enemy whom later Jews had no reason to emulate.

The name Ze'ev or Zev may refer to:

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