In most dialects of English, the letter's name is zed (pronounced /zɛd/), reflecting its derivation from the Greek zeta (see below). In American English dialects, its name is zee /ziː/, deriving from a late 17th-century English dialectal form. Another English dialectal form is izzard or izzed /ˈɪzɚd/, which dates from the mid-18th century and probably derives from the French et zède "and z". This is the predominant form in anglophone South Asia.
Other Indo-European languages pronounce the letter's name in a similar fashion, such as zet in Dutch, German, Romanian and Czech, zède in French, zäta in Swedish, zeta in Italian and Spanish, and zê in Portuguese.