Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Zoey

Zoey is a phonetically altered respelling of the name Zoë – a name of Greek origin which has been used since Roman times in Late Antiquity (hence the diacritic ë from the Latin alphabet to denote the separate two-syllable sound). From the Greek, Zoe means “life.” The name was popular among early Christians as a way of showing their hopes for eternal life. The Roman Catholic Church recognizes two female Saints named Zoe from the 2nd and 3rd centuries. They were martyred for their Christian beliefs at a time when the Roman Empire still persecuted Christians (it wasn’t until 380 AD that Christianity became the official religion of Rome). While Zoe is a name of ancient origin, the English-speaking world did not adopt it until the 19th century. Now quite popular, new spelling variations (Zoey and Zoie) have emerged.

All About the Baby Name – Zoey

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME ZOEY

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME ZOEY

Zoey is now the most popular spelling variation of Zoe in the United States (having only surpassed the traditional spelling in 2011). First debuting on the charts in 1995, Zoey advanced over 800 positions in 15 short years. This is a remarkable achievement. In 2005, Nickelodeon released a series called “Zoey 101” starring Brittany Spears’ younger sister Jamie Lynn Spears – an actress who brought spunk and charm to the role and reminded American parents of this darling name. The name Zoey gives a sense of independence and uniqueness (despite its heavy usage). There are so few “Z” names to choose from, we think Zoe/Zoey is a top pick! Since you gave "life" to your baby girl, what better name than Zoe(y)?

Quick Facts

ON ZOEY

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

24

PRONUNCIATION:

ZOH-ee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Life

Characteristics

OF ZOEY

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Zoey

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ZOEY

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Popular Songs

ON ZOEY

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Famous People

NAMED ZOEY

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Children of Famous People

NAMED ZOEY

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ZOEY

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