What does Corey mean?
Corey /co-rey/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' 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.
How popular is Corey?
Corey is a very prominent first name for men (#182 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#2149 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Corey for boys. Corey was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its apex position of #56 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is at #387 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Cory (#696 last year), Godfrey, Korey and Kory are the prominent alternative forms of Corey (#387 last year). Usage of these boy names was at its most widespread in the year 1990 (usage of 0.6104%) and is now much less (usage 0.1834%, ▼70%), with the versions Cory, Godfrey, Korey and Kory becoming less fashionable. Corey (#387) is the most chic boy name in this list. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Corey and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Corey▲ is alike in pronunciation to Carew, Carey▼, Carrey, Cary▼, Courey, Cowrey, Cowry and Currey. 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 frequently used than Corey.