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Gender: F Meaning of Zoe: "life" Origin of Zoe: Greek Zoe's Popularity in 2013: #31

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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 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-19th 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 20. 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 embraced by enough parents to bring it to Number 571.

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.

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Famous People Named Zoe

Zoe Saldana, American actress
Zoe Isabella Kravitz, actress & daughter of Lenny Kravitz & Lisa Bonet
Zoe Talon, mistress of Louis XVIII
Zoe Genevieve Hanson, sister of the band Hanson
Zoe "Zoella" Sugg- Blogger, Internet Personality
Zoe Bleu, daughter of American actress Rosanna Arquette
Zoe Kazan, American actress and screenwriter
Zoe Wanamaker, British actress
Zoe Heller, journalist
Zoe Lister-Jones, American actress, model, playwright, and screenwriter
Zoe Cassavetes, film director
Zoe Valdes, Cuban writer
Zoe Buckman, Olympic athlete
Zoe Wiseman, American model
Zoe Graves, daughter of English actor Rupert Graves
Zoe Bell, New Zealand actress
Zoe Tapper, English actress
Zoe Tamerlis Lund, American musician, model, actress, and screenwriter
Zoe Yin, American painter and novelist
Zoe Palmer, American actress
Zoe Strauss, American photographer
Rachel Zoe, American celebrity fashion stylist, blogger

Pop Culture References for the Name Zoe

Zoe Girl, Christian musical group
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 the 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" 1968-69
Zoe Graystone, character on TV's "Caprica"
Zoe Benson, character on 3rd season of TV's "American Horror Story"
Zoe, autumn fairy in video game "Spyro the Dragon"
Dr. Zoe Hanna, character on British TV's "Casualty"
Zoe Pound, Florida street gang
"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"

Zoee, Zoelie, Zoeline, Zoie, Zooey, Zoya

Zoe's International Variations

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