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Gender: F Meaning of Zoe: "life" Origin of Zoe: Greek Zoe's Popularity in 2014: #32

Zoe is one of those surprising names that has been on the Top 1000 nearly every year since 1880, but it's just recently been zooming toward the top. Now at Number 32, one of its highest point ever, Zoe still makes an ideal fitting in-standing out name, though increasingly leaning toward the fitting-in side of the equation.

The history of the name begins in the third century when the Alexandrian Jews translated Eve, which means 'life,' to the Greek equivalent Zoe. Zoe was in use as far back as the Roman classical period, and was popular with the early Christians, who bestowed it with hopes of eternal life, but it didn't migrate to the English-speaking world until the mid-nineteenth century.

Zoe Washbourne was a strong warrior in the sci-fi show Firefly, Zoe Hart the leading female character on Hart of Dixie, Zoe Barnes a journalist on House of Cards, and kids might recognize Zoe from Sesame Street.

Zoe is currently hot in Europe, now at Number 11 in France.

Zoe has spawned a number of variant spellings, most successful of which is the phonetic Zoey, which is now ten places ahead of Zoe, at Number 22. Zoey has been embraced by TV scripters--she has been seen on the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101, The West Wing and How I Met Your Mother. Zoie has also been adopted by enough parents to bring it to Number 663.

Wide-eyed actress Zooey Deschanel, whose first name is pronounced the same as Zoe, was named after Zooey Glass, the male protagonist of the J. D. Salinger novella Franny and Zooey.

Famous People Named Zoe

Saint Zoe of Rome, martyred noblewoman
Zoe Porphyrogenita, Byzantine empress
Zoë Saldana-Peregro, American actress
Zoë Isabella Kravitz, American actress and musician
Zoé Victoire Talon, comtesse du Cayla, mistress of Louis XVIII of France
Zoe Swicord Kazan, American actress
Zoë Wanamaker, American-British actress
Zoë Kate Hinde Heller, English journalist and novelist
Zoe Lister-Jones, American actress and singer
Zoe Rowlands Cassavetes, American film director
Zoé Valdés, Cuban writer
Zoë (Pollock), British singer
Zoe Buckman, Australian Olympic runner
Zoe Wiseman, American model
Zoë E. Bell, New Zealand actress and stuntwoman
Zoe Tapper, English actress
Zoë Tamerlis Lund, American musician, model, and actress
Zoe Yin, American painter and novelist
Zoe Strauss, American photographer
Zoe Newman, Canadian actress
Zoë Johnston, British singer-songwriter
Zoë Byrd Akins, American playwright, poet, and author
Zoë Tyler, English singer and reality TV show judge
Zoe Levin, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Zoe

Zoe Carter, character on TV's "Eureka"
Zoe Washburne, character on TV's "Firefly"
Dr. Zoe Hart, main character on TV's 'Hart of Dixie'
Zoe Nightshade, character in Heroes of Olympus series
Zoe MacPherson, oldest child in newspaper comic strip Baby Blues
Zoe Slater, character on British soap "Eastenders"
Zoe Heriot, companion on TV's "Doctor Who"
Zoe Graystone, character on TV's "Caprica"
Zoe Benson, character on TV's "American Horror Story"
Zoe, autumn fairy in video game "Spyro the Dragon"
Dr. Zoe Hanna, character on British TV's "Casualty"
Zoe Bean, character on TV's "Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane"
Zoe Richardson, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Zoe Love, Edward Travilla Jr.'s wife in Elsie Dinsmore series
Zoe Davis, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
"Zoe Jane", song by STAIND
Zoe Barnes, character on TV's "House of Cards"
Zoe Rivas, character on TV's "Degrassi"
Zoe, Muppet on TV's "Sesame Street"
Zoe Pound, Florida street gang
Zoe Girl, Christian musical group
Zoë Castillo, main character in video game "Dreamfall: The Longest Journey" and "Dreamfall Chapters"

Zoee, Zoeline, Zooey, Zoie, Zoelie, Zoya

Zoe's International Variations

Zoey, Zoelle, Zoyechka, Zoia, Zoyenka, Zoa (Russian)