Zoe Name Meaning

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Fact: Zoe has been a popular name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century.

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A Deep Dive

Zoe Overview

Meaning

Life

Gender

Girl

Origin

Greek

Etymology

Originates from the Greek word “ζωή” (zoē).

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈzoʊi/

Popularity

Has been in the top 50th most popular name in America from 2010 to 2022

Syllable

1 syllable

Length

3 letters

Numerology

1 (Pioneering, Independent, Leading)

Name Styles

Classic, Cute, Popular, Short

Associated Traits

Vitality, liveliness

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Commonly used among Christians in the Byzantine era to symbolize eternal life.
A Deep Dive

Zoe Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Zoë, Zoey, Zowie, Zoie, Zoja, Zoya, Zoi, Zoé, Zöe, Zoeigh

Common Nicknames

Zee, Ziggy, Zuzu, Zoey

Diminutives

Zo, Zozo, Zee, Zo-Zo

Famous People

  • Zoe Saldana
    (American Actress)
  • Zoe Kravitz
    (American Actress and Singer)
  • Zoe Kazan
    (American Actress and Playwright)
  • Zoe Lister-Jones
    (American Actress, Writer, and Director)
  • Zoe Sugg
    (English YouTuber and Author)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Zoe Washburne
    ("Firefly" and "Serenity" TV Series and Film)
  • Zoe Barnes
    ("House of Cards" TV Series)
  • Zoe
    ("Zoe" Film)

Places

  • Zoe Bay
    (Queensland, Australia)
  • Zoe Community
    (Kentucky, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Zoe?

The name Zoe means “life” in Greek. It is often chosen for its vibrant and vital connotation, reflecting vitality and liveliness.

What Is the Origin of The Name Zoe?

Zoe originates from the Greek word “ζωή” (zoē), which directly translates to “life.” This name has ancient roots, dating back to the Byzantine Christian era, where it was commonly used among Christians to symbolize eternal life.

Zoe Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Zoe in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#422021#382022#362023
Top 3 Rankings#302012#312010#312011

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Zoe

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202336
(+2 from 2022)
5160
(+151 from 2022)
0.29499
202238
(+4 from 2021)
5009
(+277 from 2021)
0.27935
202142
(-2 from 2020)
4732
(-63 from 2020)
0.26413
202040
(-2 from 2019)
4795
(-274 from 2019)
0.27126
201938
(+2 from 2018)
5069
(-54 from 2018)
0.27626
201840
(+1 from 2017)
5123
(-50 from 2017)
0.27548
201741
(-6 from 2016)
5173
(-588 from 2016)
0.27383
201635
(-2 from 2015)
5761
(-290 from 2015)
0.29759
201533
(-1 from 2014)
6051
(+168 from 2014)
0.31017
201432
(-1 from 2013)
5883
(-93 from 2013)
0.30072
201331
(-1 from 2012)
5976
(-490 from 2012)
0.31001
201230
(+1 from 2011)
6466
(+158 from 2011)
0.33339
201131
No change from 2010
6308
(+35 from 2010)
0.32554
201031
(+16 from 2009)
6273
(+1123 from 2009)
0.31994
200947
(+11 from 2008)
5150
(+369 from 2008)
0.25431
200858
(-2 from 2007)
4781
(-156 from 2007)
0.22954
200756
(-2 from 2006)
4937
(-216 from 2006)
0.23326
200654
(+4 from 2005)
5153
(+188 from 2005)
0.24649
200558
(-4 from 2004)
4965
(-398 from 2004)
0.24463
200454
(+3 from 2003)
5363
(+277 from 2003)
0.26578
200357
(+3 from 2002)
5086
(+199 from 2002)
0.25348
200260
(+5 from 2001)
4887
(+242 from 2001)
0.24744
200165
(+17 from 2000)
4645
(+860 from 2000)
0.23448
200082
(+22 from 1999)
3785
(+548 from 1999)
0.18965
1999104
(+18 from 1998)
3237
(+545 from 1998)
0.16627
1998122
(+12 from 1997)
2692
(+330 from 1997)
0.13887
1997134
(+21 from 1996)
2362
(+297 from 1996)
0.12371
1996155
(+21 from 1995)
2065
(+339 from 1995)
0.10771
1995176
(+39 from 1994)
1726
(+391 from 1994)
0.08982
1994215
(+21 from 1993)
1335
(+143 from 1993)
0.06848
1993236
(+45 from 1992)
1192
(+210 from 1992)
0.06046
1992281
(+75 from 1991)
982
(+260 from 1991)
0.04899
1991356
(+147 from 1990)
722
(+244 from 1990)
0.03551
1990503
(+77 from 1989)
478
(+101 from 1989)
0.02327
1989580
(+190 from 1988)
377
(+134 from 1988)
0.01892
1988770
(-37 from 1987)
243
(-3 from 1987)
0.01264
1987733
(+57 from 1986)
246
(+33 from 1986)
0.01313
1986790
(+39 from 1985)
213
(+17 from 1985)
0.01154
1985829
(-40 from 1984)
196
(-7 from 1984)
0.01062
1984789
(+83 from 1983)
203
(+29 from 1983)
0.01126
1983872
(+216 from 1982)
174
(+44 from 1982)
0.00972
19821088
(+93 from 1981)
130
(+18 from 1981)
0.00717
19811181
(+79 from 1980)
112
(+9 from 1980)
0.00626
19801260
(-56 from 1979)
103
(-5 from 1979)
0.00578
19791204
(+86 from 1978)
108
(+14 from 1978)
0.00627
19781290
(-228 from 1977)
94
(-29 from 1977)
0.00572
19771062
(+129 from 1976)
123
(+28 from 1976)
0.00748
19761191
(-207 from 1975)
95
(-30 from 1975)
0.00604
1975984
(+110 from 1974)
125
(+19 from 1974)
0.00801
19741094
(-114 from 1973)
106
(-15 from 1973)
0.00677
1973980
(+161 from 1972)
121
(+25 from 1972)
0.00779
19721141
(-128 from 1971)
96
(-26 from 1971)
0.00595
19711013
(-52 from 1970)
122
(-10 from 1970)
0.00696
1970961
(+200 from 1969)
132
(+40 from 1969)
0.00721
19691161
(+5 from 1968)
92
(+6 from 1968)
0.00522
19681166
(+21 from 1967)
86
(+6 from 1967)
0.00503
19671187
(-258 from 1966)
80
(-38 from 1966)
0.00466
1966929
(+296 from 1965)
118
(+41 from 1965)
0.00672
19651225
(+4 from 1964)
77
(-3 from 1964)
0.00421
19641229
(-19 from 1963)
80
(-2 from 1963)
0.00409
19631210
(-106 from 1962)
82
(-15 from 1962)
0.00412
19621104
(-132 from 1961)
97
(-26 from 1961)
0.00479
1961972
(+15 from 1960)
123
(+5 from 1960)
0.00592
1960987
(-54 from 1959)
118
(-8 from 1959)
0.00567
1959933
(-110 from 1958)
126
(-25 from 1958)
0.00606
1958823
(+25 from 1957)
151
(+8 from 1957)
0.00731
1957848
(+217 from 1956)
143
(+51 from 1956)
0.00682
19561065
(-166 from 1955)
92
(-27 from 1955)
0.00447
1955899
(-21 from 1954)
119
No change from 1954
0.00594
1954878
(+96 from 1953)
119
(+23 from 1953)
0.00598
1953974
(-49 from 1952)
96
(-4 from 1952)
0.00498
1952925
(+20 from 1951)
100
(+4 from 1951)
0.00526
1951945
(+178 from 1950)
96
(+29 from 1950)
0.00520
19501123
(-123 from 1949)
67
(-14 from 1949)
0.00381
19491000
(+70 from 1948)
81
(+13 from 1948)
0.00461
19481070
(+158 from 1947)
68
(+14 from 1947)
0.00390
19471228
(-186 from 1946)
54
(-12 from 1946)
0.00297
19461042
(+133 from 1945)
66
(+21 from 1945)
0.00409
19451175
(-46 from 1944)
45
(-3 from 1944)
0.00334
19441129
(+162 from 1943)
48
(+8 from 1943)
0.00351
19431291
(-215 from 1942)
40
(-13 from 1942)
0.00279
19421076
(-127 from 1941)
53
(-7 from 1941)
0.00381
1941949
(+21 from 1940)
60
(+6 from 1940)
0.00482
1940970
(-17 from 1939)
54
(-1 from 1939)
0.00457
1939953
(-83 from 1938)
55
(-10 from 1938)
0.00485
1938870
(-60 from 1937)
65
(-7 from 1937)
0.00569
1937810
(-53 from 1936)
72
(-7 from 1936)
0.00653
1936757
(-44 from 1935)
79
(-10 from 1935)
0.00733
1935713
(+38 from 1934)
89
(+10 from 1934)
0.00819
1934751
(-9 from 1933)
79
No change from 1933
0.00730
1933742
(-18 from 1932)
79
(-7 from 1932)
0.00755
1932724
(+37 from 1931)
86
(+9 from 1931)
0.00777
1931761
(+241 from 1930)
77
(+23 from 1930)
0.00698
19301002
(-174 from 1929)
54
(-19 from 1929)
0.00463
1929828
(+96 from 1928)
73
(+9 from 1928)
0.00631
1928924
(+86 from 1927)
64
(+7 from 1927)
0.00535
19271010
(-30 from 1926)
57
(-1 from 1926)
0.00461
1926980
(-110 from 1925)
58
(-15 from 1925)
0.00471
1925870
(-2 from 1924)
73
(-1 from 1924)
0.00578
1924868
(+73 from 1923)
74
(+13 from 1923)
0.00571
1923941
(-24 from 1922)
61
(-3 from 1922)
0.00487
1922917
(-146 from 1921)
64
(-26 from 1921)
0.00513
1921771
(+43 from 1920)
90
(+10 from 1920)
0.00703
1920814
(+170 from 1919)
80
(+27 from 1919)
0.00643
1919984
(-115 from 1918)
53
(-15 from 1918)
0.00451
1918869
(+47 from 1917)
68
(+11 from 1917)
0.00566
1917916
(-76 from 1916)
57
(-8 from 1916)
0.00507
1916840
(+25 from 1915)
65
(+8 from 1915)
0.00599
1915865
(+107 from 1914)
57
(+20 from 1914)
0.00557
1914972
(+48 from 1913)
37
(+9 from 1913)
0.00464
19131020
(-200 from 1912)
28
(-9 from 1912)
0.00428
1912820
(-30 from 1911)
37
(+7 from 1911)
0.00631
1911790
(-67 from 1910)
30
(-4 from 1910)
0.00679
1910723
(+145 from 1909)
34
(+12 from 1909)
0.00810
1909868
(-59 from 1908)
22
(-1 from 1908)
0.00598
1908809
(+62 from 1907)
23
(+4 from 1907)
0.00649
1907871
(-26 from 1906)
19
No change from 1906
0.00563
1906845
(-111 from 1905)
19
(-5 from 1905)
0.00606
1905734
(-66 from 1904)
24
(-3 from 1904)
0.00775
1904668
(+121 from 1903)
27
(+8 from 1903)
0.00923
1903789
(-230 from 1902)
19
(-15 from 1902)
0.00683
1902559
(+56 from 1901)
34
(+8 from 1901)
0.01213
1901615
(+90 from 1900)
26
No change from 1900
0.01023
1900705
(-112 from 1899)
26
(-1 from 1899)
0.00818
1899593
(-7 from 1898)
27
(-3 from 1898)
0.01091
1898586
(-95 from 1897)
30
(-5 from 1897)
0.01094
1897491
(-4 from 1896)
35
(-1 from 1896)
0.01410
1896487
(+12 from 1895)
36
(+2 from 1895)
0.01429
1895499
(+47 from 1894)
34
(+6 from 1894)
0.01376
1894546
(+48 from 1893)
28
(+5 from 1893)
0.01187
1893594
(-129 from 1892)
23
(-11 from 1892)
0.01021
1892465
(-35 from 1891)
34
No change from 1891
0.01512
1891430
(-46 from 1890)
34
(-8 from 1890)
0.01730
1890384
(+70 from 1889)
42
(+13 from 1889)
0.02083
1889454
(-85 from 1888)
29
(-13 from 1888)
0.01533
1888369
(-2 from 1887)
42
(+8 from 1887)
0.02217
1887367
(+65 from 1886)
34
(+9 from 1886)
0.02188
1886432
(-38 from 1885)
25
(-2 from 1885)
0.01626
1885394
(-36 from 1884)
27
(-4 from 1884)
0.01902
1884358
(+28 from 1883)
31
(+8 from 1883)
0.02253
1883386
(-34 from 1882)
23
(-2 from 1882)
0.01916
1882352
(-6 from 1881)
25
(+3 from 1881)
0.02161
1881346
(-13 from 1880)
22
(-1 from 1880)
0.02225
1880333
First SSA data recorded
23
First SSA data recorded
0.02356

American States Popularity Rankings for Zoe

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#252021#222022#212023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#292021#252022#192023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#312021#242022#132023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#392021#302022#242023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#472021#522022#312023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#692021#672022#562023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#452021#502022#392023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#1002021#802022#1182023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#432021#372022#372023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#282021#222022#332023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#252021#152022#152023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#302021#382022#422023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#432021#222022#212023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#1152021#952022#942023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#132021#132022#102023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#572021#642022#482023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#482021#382022#392023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#752021#542022#512023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#802021#912022#682023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#1202021#1172022#1732023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#1232021#822022#902023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#712021#552022#582023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#932021#1042022#782023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#642021#432022#442023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#302021#332022#192023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#1052021#972022#882023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#1212021#652022#662023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#552021#922022#622023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#822021#1022022#432023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#1422021#1292022#1052023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#1222021#642022#512023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#762021#432022#202023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#1102021#1232022#1422023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#1342021#1822022#1462023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#72021#92022#72023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#3032021#3582022#1942023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#792021#822022#802023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#712021#612022#862023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#312021#572022#212023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#762021#942022#1632023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#682021#1012022#732023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#792021#1182022#1082023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#1672021#2342022#1822023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#262021#462022#352023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#362021#562022#772023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#652021#972022#1672023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#1462021#952022#1592023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#362021#272022#932023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#1232020#1392021#2362023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#1392019#1082020#612021

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#432016#822021#1002022

Popularity Rankings for Zoe in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#92020#102021#142022

Popularity in Argentina

Argentina flagArgentina#272014#292015#102023

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

Other American Territories flagOther American Territories#182010#252011#132015

Popularity in Czechia

Czechia flagCzechia#172014#142015#152016

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#162021#172022#142023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#202021#182022#242023

Popularity in Uruguay

Uruguay flagUruguay#192021#212022#272023

Popularity in Galicia, Spain

Galicia, Spain flagGalicia, Spain#272020#282021#242022

Popularity in Basque Country, Spain

Basque Country, Spain flagBasque Country, Spain#742020#672021#342022

Popularity in Spain

Spain flagSpain#502020#442021#352022

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#472021#512022#362023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#422021#422022#472023

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#512021#712022#752023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#552020#552021#742022

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#562021#582022#562023

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#612021#762022#912023

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#1312019#932020#632021

Popularity in Mexico

Mexico flagMexico#702020#702021

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#792020#782021#722022

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#962019#1072020#1162021

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#1232012#1382014#1772015

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#1432021#1242022#1622023

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#1462022#4802022#5012022#1252023#5902023#7742023

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#1912021#1952022#1702023

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#3032021#2712022#2742023

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#3262021

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Zoe a Name for Boys or Girls?

Zoe is predominantly a name used for girls. While it is mainly seen as a feminine name, its lively meaning and universal appeal make it a popular choice for girls in various countries around the world.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Zoe

Zoe in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Zoe Saldana (Actress, Born 1978): Known for her roles in major films such as "Avatar" and the "Guardians of the Galaxy" series, this American actress has made a significant mark in Hollywood with her dynamic performances .
  • Zoe Kravitz (Actress and Singer, Born 1988): As the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, Zoe Kravitz has carved out her own successful career in both music and acting, known for roles in "Big Little Lies" and "Mad Max: Fury Road."
  • Zoe Kazan (Actress and Playwright, Born 1983): An accomplished actress and screenwriter, Zoe Kazan has appeared in films like "Ruby Sparks" and received critical acclaim for her role in the HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge."
  • Zoe Lister-Jones (Actress, Writer, and Director): Known for her work in indie films and television, Zoe Lister-Jones has made a name for herself with projects like "Band Aid" and the TV show "Life in Pieces".
  • Zoe Sugg (YouTuber and Author, Born 1990): Popularly known as Zoella, this English girl has gained fame through her YouTube channel and later authored the best-selling novel "Girl Online."
  • Zoe Washburne ("Firefly" and "Serenity," 2002 TV Series and Film): A loyal and tough second-in-command aboard the spaceship in the cult favorite TV show "Firefly" and its film continuation, "Serenity".
  • Zoe Barnes ("House of Cards," 2013 TV Series): A young and ambitious journalist in the political drama series "House of Cards," known for her determination to break impactful stories.
  • Zoe ("Zoe," 2018 Film): The titular character in the sci-fi romance film "Zoe," where she explores complex themes of artificial intelligence and human emotions.
  • Zoe Bay (Queensland, Australia): A picturesque bay located on Hinchinbrook Island, known for its stunning natural beauty and as a popular spot for camping and hiking.
  • Zoe Community (Kentucky, USA): A small community in Lee County with its quiet rural charm and as a peaceful retreat in the Appalachian region.

Similar Names to Zoe

Sibling Names for Zoe