Zoey Name Meaning

With all the spunk of Chloe and the cool factor of Z, it’s no wonder that parents are loving Zoey. A variant of the Greek Zoe, Zoey means “life” or “alive.”

Despite her surge in popularity, the Zoey variation of the name is quite the modern newcomer, first appearing on the U.S. Top 1000 charts in 1995. Even then she didn’t crack the top 100 until 2008! This relative new popularity makes her undeniably modern regardless of her sporadic use in early history, being the name of two saints and an ancient empress. Zoey is relatively free of deep historical ties thanks to her light usage, allowing your little one to blaze a new path and leave her mark on the world.

Zoey is on-trend with the -y endings seen in Lily, Riley, and Avery, but also in a league of her own thanks to her use of Z. Historically the letter isn’t commonly used in females, adding some mystery and intrigue to the name that’ll set her apart from the crowd. Little Zoey is full of life, much like her meaning, vibrantly conquering each day like a warrior.

Spelling variations of the name are endless with Zoe, Zoie, and Zowie all floating about. Some other zesty Z names for girls are Zelda, Zara, and Zeva.

Infographic of Zoey name meaning, which is Zoey is a variant of the Greek Zoe, meaning life.
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Zoey Name Popularity

How popular is the name Zoey? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Zoey was the 29th most popular girls name, representing 0.4288% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Zoey has been the 383rd most popular girls name, representing 0.0551% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 0 0%
1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 0 0%
1961 0 0%
1962 0 0%
1963 0 0%
1964 0 0%
1965 0 0%
1966 0 0%
1967 0 0%
1968 0 0%
1969 0 0%
1970 0 0%
1971 0 0%
1972 0 0%
1973 0 0%
1974 0 0%
1975 0 0%
1976 2,687 5 0.0004%
1977 0 0%
1978 0 0%
1979 0 0%
1980 0 0%
1981 0 0%
1982 0 0%
1983 0 0%
1984 0 0%
1985 0 0%
1986 0 0%
1987 0 0%
1988 3,236 6 0.0004%
1989 0 0%
1990 3,058 8 0.0005%
1991 1,531 53 0.0033%
1992 1,231 94 0.0059%
1993 1,205 93 0.006%
1994 1,423 65 0.0042%
1995 915 157 0.0104%
1996 674 282 0.0188%
1997 572 362 0.0245%
1998 530 436 0.0291%
1999 475 508 0.0339%
2000 408 663 0.0434%
2001 353 812 0.0539%
2002 268 1,158 0.0773%
2003 221 1,455 0.0956%
2004 207 1,610 0.1056%
2005 152 2,266 0.1482%
2006 118 2,845 0.1817%
2007 112 3,029 0.192%
2008 98 3,439 0.2225%
2009 75 3,993 0.2672%
2010 47 5,207 0.3613%
2011 28 6,399 0.4491%
2012 20 7,466 0.5239%
2013 24 7,238 0.5084%
2014 22 7,401 0.508%
2015 23 6,941 0.4771%
2016 26 6,438 0.4465%
2017 29 6,026 0.4318%
2018 29 5,891 0.4288%

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Names Like Zoey

If you like Zoey, you’ll love these other names like Zoey.


What names are variants of Zoey?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Zoey.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Zoe

Life

Greek

#40 (0.3679%)  
Zoee

Life

Greek

#2,477 (0.0011%)  
Zoie

Life

Greek

#789 (0.0198%)  
Zooey

Life

Greek

#2,912 (0.0005%)  

What names sound like Zoey?

If you like how Zoey sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Zoey.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Chloe

Green sprout

Greek

#25 (0.4823%)  
Joey

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

#1,364 (0.0061%)  
Josey

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

#1,825 (0.003%)  
Josie

God will increase

English

#188 (0.1125%)  
Josy

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Zola

Lump of earth

Italian

#866 (0.017%)  
Zora

Dawn

Slavic

#900 (0.0158%)  

What names are similar to Zoey?

Find a name that’s like Zoey, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ava

To live

Latin

#3 (1.0863%)  
Avery

Elf counsel

English

#16 (0.5851%)  
Harper

Harp Player

English

#9 (0.7702%)  
Kaya

Restful place, yew tree, forgiveness; home; stone; willow, wise child; the one with the beautiful body, profile

Turkish

#948 (0.0143%)  
Penelope

Weaver

Greek

#26 (0.4712%)  
Quinn

Descendent of Conn

Irish

#83 (0.2452%)  
Riley

Rye clearing

Irish

#28 (0.435%)  
Una

One

Latin

#2,584 (0.0009%)  
Zara

Blooming flower

English

#247 (0.0911%)  
Zinnia

An allusion to the flower of the same name, so designated in honor of J.

Latin

#1,342 (0.0063%)  

Lists With Zoey

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Zoey.


Siblings of Zoey

Mamas with kids named Zoey also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alice

Of nobility

German

#71 (0.2652%)  
Damien

To tame

French

#262 (0.0972%)  
Nolyn

Champion

Irish

Dajohn

American

Dajuan

American

14 Comments

  1. Her original due date was July 23, 2019 which is also my sobriety date. At the time is was coming up on my 6 years clean & had a lot of turmoil in my relationship with my husband & life period, Zoey means “life” she became my “new life”

  2. I chose her name because it is the name of a character in one of my favorite books

  3. I chose the name Zoey because she meant life to me and my family

  4. I love the name Zoey I love everything about her she is the best daughter

  5. I like the name Zoey because it means life and she brings abundantly life to me and my family

  6. I choose zoey cause it is a beautiful name

  7. Our sons name is Xander and we wanted something that went well with his name and Zoey wasnt a name that we heard all the time. We actually waited until she was born to choose a name for her. It fits her perfectly.

  8. My husband and I have always loved the name Zoey we were just back and forth with the middle names. It’s always been important to me to choose a middle name that honor someone that we love. So Ann is after my husband’s grandmother and Rose is after my mother. Zoey Ann Rose ?

  9. Zoey is the meaning of life and she brung so much happiness to my life

  10. i think zoey is just such a cool, spunky name while also being short and sweet.

  11. I have always loved the name Zoey… My husband also brought the name Zoey to so we both loved them names Zoey but never told each other in till we found out we was having a little girl

  12. I like Zoey cause it was a cute name and fits her

  13. It means “earth” and this is the year of the earth pig in the Chinese zodiac calendar.

  14. When I was a little girl I wanted twin girls named Zoey and Chloe. Since we just had one girl instead of twins, we looked at the meanings of both names and liked the meaning of Zoey better. Zoey means “life” and having a child is bringing a new life into this world. Zoey is used in the Greek version of the Bible which was the representation of our faith. Her middle name is actually faith after my middle name in my mom’s first name. Zoey is easy to spell and pronounce and ahe has the same initials as my husband. We call her cute nicknames like ZoZo.


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