origin: Latin


Origin: Greek

Meaning: Life

Zoey is a variation of Zoe, a cute, slightly quirky name with a really nice meaning: “life” (it comes from the Greek word for it). So, no wonder it’s rocketing up the charts these days. As modern as it sounds though, it’s not a new name -- it’s actually a translation of the very first name (Eve) and was used by two early saints and popular during the eleventh-century Byzantine Empire. After its early popularity though, it didn’t really come back into common usage until the early ‘90s. Possible relation: Zoe the muppet, introduced on Sesame Street in ’92. It’s been shooting up the charts since then, is a celeb fave and has already spawned variations like Zoey, Zooey, and Zoie. In other words, look for this name to stick around for awhile.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 98

Famous zoey

  • Zoe Saldana (alt. spelling) - actress
  • Zoey Brooks - character in Zoey 101
  • Zooey Deschanel (alt. spelling) - actress
  • Zooey (alt. spelling) - character in Franny and Zooey
  • Zoey Dean - author

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