ZOE
GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Ζωη (Greek)
PRONOUNCED: ZO-ee (English), DZO-e (Italian)   [key]
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).
Related Names
VARIANTS: Zoë, Zoey, Zoie, Zowie (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Zoë (Dutch), Zoé (French), Zoja (Macedonian), Zoja (Polish), Zoya (Russian), Zoya (Ukrainian)
Popularity
United States  ranked #31 
England/Wales  ranked #91 
Canada (BC)  ranked #29 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #16 
Belgium  ranked #20 
Catalonia  ranked #70 
France  ranked #10 
Hungary  ranked #24 
Ireland  ranked #34 
Netherlands  ranked #10 
New Zealand  ranked #20 
Northern Ireland  ranked #50 
Scotland  ranked #51 
Spain  ranked #85