Zoe: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Zoe

Zoe

Pronunciation: ZOH-ee (key)

Origin of the name Zoe:

A borrowing from the Greek, Zoe is derived from zōē (life).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Xoe, Xoey, Zoey, Zoie, Zoya

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Comments and insights on the name Zoe: | Edit

Our daughter's name, Zoë, is often spelled without the umlaut (or with the umlaut on the wrong letter), even on her birth certificate, so it's a purely stylistic choice. Her middle name is Elizabeth, so her most common nicknames are Zoë-Liz or Zozo.

I was absolutely floored when looking on the NameVoyager the other day at Zoe, and saw that it was ranked 350-ish in the 1800s, which is amazing, higher than my name, Natalie (550-ish), which I always thought was classic.

My daughter's name is Zoe. She is twelve and wishes it had a "y" on the end because people often mispronounce it and she wants to have a pretty way of writing it. I tell her to add the y if and when she likes. Our last name is greek, so we kept the traditional spelling for continuity. People seem to really LOVE her name.

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We're going to name our (October) baby "Zoë", and the nicknames I intend to force on everyone (at least while she's still young) are "Zizou" and "Zola" (her second name will be Temilola"
Some thing I'd definitely do my best to avoid are any possible forms the Polish side of the family may come up with, names that end with 'ka' :/

My name is NOT pronounced with a long E. It's Zoe, like Joe. My mother was adamant about this. ...And, no, we are not
Greek.

I empathize with the woman whose name is pronounced like "Joe." But most people with the name do pronounce it ZOE-ee,(like Joey). So we're surprised that about 30-40% of those who read her name, assume it's pronounced like "Joe." We even have a friend who, after we've pronounced her name ZOE-ee in front of her many times, still pronounces it like "Joe." She must think our pronunciation is a nickname, like Joey. We assumed Zoe was "nickname proof" but find ourselves calling her by many nicknames, including ZuZu, as in "ZuZu's petals! from "It's a Wonderful Life."

My experience with the name Zoe has been kind of tiring when it comes to the pronunciation. People tend to pronounce it without the 'e.'

I was actually surprised when people came up with nicknames for it as well. I got names such as 'ZoZo,' 'Eoz,'and a bunch of others you have to hear instead of reading them. But it is kind of nice have a name that is not very common (at least where I am living). It makes you feel somewhat origional(except when people mix up the name). So other than this I do find that Zoe would be a good name for any child choosen to be blessed with it.

My name is Zoe with the e sound at the end. I just thought I would share the strange nicknames I have gotten from my name since it isn't super nickname-able. I mean how do you nickname a name that is only 3 letters? Zoseph- like Joseph:Joey to Zoseph:Zoe. Then there is Zoz which is shortening Zozo to one syllable. Zoph- a shortening of Zoseph. There are more but they are used less frequently. I love nicknames so I was really excited when my friends started getting creative with what to call me.

Nicknames for Zoe: | Edit

Zo, Zozo, Ziggy

Meanings and history of the name Zoe: | Edit

Zoe is Greek for "life" - meaning intellectual or spiritual life rather than animal/plant life, which was called "bios" (the root of the word biology).

Famous real-life people named Zoe: | Edit

Zoe Saldana - American actress
Zoe Kravitz - American actress

Zoe in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Zoe" is a cute girl monster Muppet on the children's tv show "Sesame Street."
Zoe Alleyne Washburn, character in the TV series Firefly and the movie Serenity played by Gina Torres.
Lenny Kravitz has a song named "Flowers for Zoe" for the daughter named Zoe that he had with Lisa Bonet.
Zoe, daughter of Cybil Shepard, from the TV show "Cybil".
Zoe Graystone, character in the TV series Caprica played by Alessandra Toressani.
Zoe MacPherson, character in the "Baby Blues" comic strip.
Zoë Nightshade, a hunter of the moon goddess Artemis in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series
Zoe Hanna Clinical lead in the tv show Casualty!
Zoe Hart, main character in the TV show 'Hart of Dixie', played by Rachel Bilson.
"Zoe Jane", song by Staind about Aaron Lewis' thoughts about becoming a father.

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