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ScriptsΖωη Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.ZO-ee English
DZO-e Italian

Meaning & History

Means "life" in Greek. From early times it was adopted by Hellenized Jews as a translation of EVE. It was borne by two early Christian saints, one martyred under Emperor Hadrian, the other martyred under Diocletian. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by a ruling empress of the 11th century. As an English name, Zoe has only been in use since the 19th century. It has generally been more common among Eastern Christians (in various spellings).
VariantsZoë, Zoey, Zoie, Zowie English
Other Languages & CulturesZoja Croatian Zoë Dutch Zoé French Zoi Greek Zoé Hungarian Zoja Latvian Zoja Macedonian Zoya Russian Zoja Serbian Zoya Ukrainian
Same SpellingZoé, Zoë
User SubmissionZoè


Byzantine empress Zoe, from a mosaic in Hagia SophiaByzantine empress Zoe, from a mosaic in Hagia Sophia


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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute