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Gender: FMeaning of Zooey: "life"Origin of Zooey: Literary name or variation of Zoe, Greek
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Readers who remember J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey have probably forgotten that the character was male (nee Zachary). Nowadays the somewhat loopy spin on Zoe is associated with actress Zooey Deschanel.