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What does Zoe mean?

Zoe Pronunciation of 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


VARIANTS Zoee, Zoelie, Zoeline, Zoelle, Zoey, Zoi, Zoie, Zooey, Zowie, Zoya

SEE ALSO Zoanne, Zolynn




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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)

Zoe reached its apex position of #30 in the U.S. in 2012, and is at #40 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Zoee, Zoey (#29 VIA LATEST LIST), Zoie (#844), Zooey and Zoya (#1116) are the popular alternative forms of Zoe (#40). These relations of Zoe were popular with parents a decade ago (ADOPTION OF 0.85%) and are almost as popular today (ADOPTION 0.68%, 19.5%), but with the version Zooey becoming less stylish. Zoe, Zoey and Zoya are three 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 sound-alike names are Coe, Doe and Noe. These names tend to be less frequently used than Zoe.

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