Gender: Female Pronunciation: zo-ee Meaning of Zoey: "life" Origin of Zoey: Spelling variation of Zoe Zoey's Popularity in 2019: #31

Zoey Origin and Meaning

The name Zoey is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "life".

Zoey is a modern spelling variation of Zoe, the Greek Jewish translation of Eve. Despite its Jewish origins, Zoe was historically more popular among Christians. Two early saints were named Zoe—Saint Zoe of Rome and Saint Zoe of Pamphylia.

Zoey has been a consistent favorite for girls in the 21st century, its kinship with Joey giving it a tomboyish feel. Zoey is now the most popular form of the name while Zoie is a US Top 1000 name as well. Zoey has become a screenwriters' fave, with characters by that name appearing on Zoey 101, Nurse Jackie and The West Wing.

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Rank in US: #31

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HateMe Says:


Now that you brought it up, to me it does.

indiefendi2 Says:


Well there’s the anomaly right there. Joe and Joey are of Hebrew origin but are English spellings, Zoe is Greek. Two different origins yet they happen to just look almost exactly alike which would confuse people. Like I said, with Zoe, just like Chloe, Persephone, Calliope, all those Greek names, the long E sound is already in there. That’s the sound it makes in the Greek language. The Y is a redundancy, unlike Joey because Joe only makes an O sound. Language is weird like that.

rayleemarie Says:


It makes perfect sense to me I see "Zo" when I look at Zoe and the only Zoe I know went by Zo. Zo is a pretty normal name it my opinion unlike Daphne pronounced Daff or Penelope pronounced Panella or Peen-lope. Think of It like Joe or Joey their both names but Joey makes it clear you want it pronounced Joe-ee not Jo

indiefendi2 Says:


Does Chloe look like Joe with a Chl?

indiefendi2 Says:


I'm not saying I "hate" this name but the spelling makes 0 sense to me. We have Zoey as popular as it is but not Chloey??? makes no sense.

jordalini Says:


I am not necessarily against this name, but I feel a if it doesn't fit on an adult. It just doesn't fit an adult, and I find it difficult to take someone seriously with this name as an adult. It is very cute on children and dogs. I think part of my problem with it stems from the number of dogs I know with this name.

kmorgan Says:


I prefer the Zoey spelling because Zoe just looks like Joe with a Z instead.

ZPK Says:


Beautiful name with great meaning

Zelliew Says:


I prefer it spelled Zoe

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I think its diffrent from Daphney or Penelopey it just seems less weird. But,hey its all opinion

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I like both Zoe and Zoey both look nice.

missLis Says:


Zoey Redbird has given me new appreciation for the name,

indiefendi2 Says:


I hate this spelling. It's so redundant. It's like Daphney or Penelopey. Just an unnecessary extra letter and grammatically incorrect.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


If only the name weren't so popular then I might consider it, especially because of Zoey Redbird, a favourite heroine of mine. Strictly middle name though, because my name is Zara and 'Zara and Zoey' would sound strange.