Gender: Female Meaning of Zooey: "life" Origin of Zooey: Literary name or variation of Zoe, Greek

Zooey Origin and Meaning

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

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.

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indiefendi2 Says:


The name Zoe comes from zoo. (Or maybe zoo comes from "zoe" the Greek word "life")

georgiaO Says:


I like this. It is a bit goofy though.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I always say zoo-ee before correcting myself.

Guest Says:


For the longest time people in the media kept calling her "zoo-ey". Keep it simple with Zoé, Zoë, Zoe, Zoey if you don't want people doing the same to your daughter.

Essa Says:


Zoe is quite nice but Zooey looks silly. It definitely should be pronounced like Zoo-ee not Zo-ee. I can understand choosing the Zoey spelling but Zooey? Just don't go there!

Eva Thyssen Says:


Zooey Deschanel is beautiful, but her name isn't. It reminds me of the zoos xD
I'm not a big fan of Zoe, although I prefer the Zoë spelling.

lesliemarion Says:


But how do you pronounce it? It can't be zoo-ee, can it? Zoe is lovely as is.