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What does Zoe mean?

Zoe [zoe] as a girls' name is pronounced ZOH-ee, ZOH. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Zoe is "life".

Zooey is a variant from JD Salinger's novel "Franny and Zooey", although the character Zooey is a young man named Zachery. Popular in Greece. Actresses Zoe Caldwell, Zooey Deschanel.

Associated with: greek, life, novel (literary), young.


Zoe has 10 variants: Zoee, Zoelie, Zoeline, Zoelle, Zoey, Zoi, Zoie, Zooey, Zowie and Zoya.

Related girl names: Zoanne and Zolynn.

Zoe has 1 masculine form: Zoilo.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Zeloe, Zole, ..

(male) Zah, Zoah, ..

How popular is Zoe?

Zoe is a very prominent first name for women (#1189 out of 4276, Top 28%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name statistics of Zoe for girls. Zoe reached its apex position of #30 in the U.S. in 2012, and is at #32 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zoe name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Zoe outside U.S.

Zoee (#1906 via latest list), Zoey (#22), Zoie (#763), Zooey (#1868) and Zoya (#1122) are the popular alternative forms of Zoe (#32 via latest list). These relations of Zoe were popular with parents less than a decade ago (adoption of 1.23%) and are almost as popular today (adoption 1.11%, 10.2%). Zoe and Zoey are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zoe, Zoee, Zoey, Zoie, Zooey, Zoya in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Zoe, Zoey outside U.S.

Similar Names


Zoe is pronounced similarly to Cee, Cy, Soo, Su, Sue, Zea, Zia, Zoia and Zoyya. Other recommended names are Coe, Doe and Noe. These names tend to be less frequently used than Zoe.