Origin: Ancient Greek
Meaning: the Latinized form of Greek Zoilos, possibly meaning “alive, living”.
Zoilus was a Greek grammarian, philosopher, and literary critic who was very critical of Homer’s work, so much so that he was known as Homeromastix meaning “Homer whipper” or “Homer scourge”.
There’s also another Zoilus, a saint who was martyred in Cordoba Spain during the reign of Diocletian. His feast day is June 27.