Name: Zoe

Origin and Meaning of the Name Zoe

  • Meaning:
    Life
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (ZO ee)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Zoe)
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Miscellaneous Info for Zoe

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  • Used in:
    English and Greek speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Zoe is a direct transliteration of the ancient Greek word 'zoe' (written 'zeta-omega-eta'). It is usually listed as meaning 'life', but it can also mean 'a (means of) living', 'subsistence', 'goods' or 'property'. It was the 54th most popular name for girls born in the US in 2006. Zoe has been falling in popularity in the UK but remained in the top 100 in 2007. It is sometimes written with an umlaut over the 'e' ('ZoŽ') to emphasise the second syllable.

    Zoe was the name of several Byzantine empresses. It was later used as the name of one of the Muppets on the children's TV programme Sesame Street.

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Popularity Rank of Zoe (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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