Meaning and name origin
Corey \c(o)-rey\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Corey), is pronounced KOR-ee. It is of Old Norse origin. From an English surname derived from an Old Norse personal name Kori. Of uncertain meaning. It may also derive from the Germanic name Godfrey meaning "God-peace". Also used as a diminutive for Cor- names. Common as a Black name. The name became popular in the 1960s due to the character Corey Baker on the television series "Julia". See also Kory.
Corey is a very popular first name for males (#182 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2201 out of 88799, Top 2%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Corey for boys. Corey reached its highest rank of #56 in the U.S. in 1990 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Corey and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Corey (#387), Cory (#696), Kory, Godfrey and Korey. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Corey▼ is also pronounced similarly to Carew, Carey▼, Carrey, Cary▼, Courey, Cowrey, Cowry, Currey, Korrey and Korry. Other suggested similar baby names are Cobey, Codey▼, Coley, Coney, Corby, Coren, Corney, Corty, Covey, Coxey, Cree, Crew▲, Croy, Jorey, Morey, Rorey and Torey. These names tend to be less commonly used than Corey.