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Ze'ev Jabotinsky, arguably the most famous Ze'ev
Pronunciation [zeʔev]
Gender Male
Language(s) Hebrew
Word/name Translation of Yiddish װאלף "Volf"
Meaning Wolf
Other names
Alternative spelling Zeev, Zev, Zeeb, Zeb
Related names Wolf (name)

Ze'ev (Hebrew: זְאֵב / זאב‎‎ zeév) is a masculine given name 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," meaning literally "Wolf" in English. 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 Zeev may refer to:




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