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Zoe actually means "God life" or great faith.
― Anonymous User  12/7/2005
Lisa Bonet & Lenny Kravitz have a daughter named Zoe.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
I don't like the names Zoe and Chloe either. I agree that they sound like pet names. I feel sorry for the children. I think that these parents need to be bonked in the head a few times because they don't think straight.
dmforsythe  12/22/2005
Ew! I think that this name is over-used; too many people think of it as "original" just because it starts with a Z. If you have to name your daughter Zoe, though, it is much more tolerable with the accent tréma over the "e".
― Anonymous User  12/29/2005
I love this name! It's like my dream name, it might not be original but it's not over used and it can be pronounced in both English and French.
Jinx  1/8/2006
I really don't like this name. Both its sound and spelling are simply terrible and monstrous, not beautiful and womanlike at all.
Lily Anastasia  3/3/2006
I might have liked this name if it weren't for a really nasty person I know with this name. I also heard the Zoe in Japanese means elephant.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
Someone posted that Zoe is Japanese for elephant and that is wrong. Zousan is elephant and in Japanese it's pronounced Zoo-son kinda like a Zoe Susan hybrid.
― Anonymous User  8/6/2010
Zoe Caldwell, Australian actress. (When she appeared on the Dick Cavett show, he pronounced her first name "Zo." I do not know if this is how she pronounces it or if she just didn't want to correct him.)
Kosta  5/10/2006
I have a niece named Zoe (at least I THINK that's her spelling of it) and I love the name no matter what anyone says. I just love it because I love my niece, even though I've never met her, nor have I ever met her daddy--my half-brother.
living_in_narnia  5/10/2006
I think Zoe is a very classic name. It is very well going out of date but maybe its nickname (I don't know any) will bring some of it's character back.
kikiola  6/1/2006
Zoe is a character on Sesame Street.
Tudor  6/14/2006
I like this name. It is meaningful, graceful and lady-wise. I also like Greek. I chose this name because it pronounces similar to my Chinese name.
zoeksy  7/5/2006
A very beautiful Australian supermodel Zoe Loveland bears the name.
audreyhubley  8/29/2006
Zoegirl sings Christian pop music.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2006
I disagree with anyone who says Zoe is a bad name. I find it very modern and I think it's a great name.
flipflop1215  12/5/2006
The pronunciation of this name doesn't make any sense without the Y. ZOE looks like it is pronounced like ZOH. I prefer Zoey.
Taydbug112  12/14/2006
Melina Kanakaredes & Peter Constantinades have a daughter Zoe, born 23 May 2000.
Maggie_Simpson  12/18/2006
Name of the main character in Cirque du Soliel's Quidam. I think it was meant to symbolize originality, like the character.
dramaelf  12/28/2006
I love love love short and sweet names.
EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  1/17/2007
Zoe is cute for while you're a newborn to when your 20+. Can you imagine trying to get a job and saying "Hi my name is Zoe Mikayla Smith"? No one is going to take you seriously. If you had to pick between hiring someone with the name "Zoe" and someone with the name "Hannah" don't you think it would be the smarter choice to pick the woman with the name Hannah? Yes this all depends on what work force you're going to be going into, but doesn't everyone want what's best for their kids? It is said that the people with more "traditional" names get hired first. I also don't think that a 60 year old woman is going to want to have her name be Zoe. Everybody think of this, name your child "Elizabeth Zoe" and just call her "Zoe". People go by their middle names all the time, they will have a name for while they are on the job (Elizabeth) and they will have a name for while they are with friends and family.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2007
Zoe is a very old, classic sort of name really; it's a saint's name and it was in the top 1000 one hundred years ago. I don't think it sounds unprofessional or anything.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2007
One day all the grandmothers will be called Zoe, Chloe, Ashley and Jennifer and no one will name their daughters those names because they will be associated with the older generation. Think about it: if names are popular only recently OF COURSE it will sound young because we are not used to hearing of older people with these names. A long time ago I bet people were saying "Don't call your daughter Shirley/Ethel/Hilda etc, it sounds cute now but when they're older it won't!" But now we associate it with older people, just as this name will someday be, along with its variants Zoey etc.
― Anonymous User  2/16/2007
My name is Zoe, and I love my name, my mum picked well thank you very much, and to you all that don't like it, go to hell and look at your own name because I bet it's a laugh!
― Anonymous User  2/24/2007
Zoe is an adorable name! Very cute and spunky.
― Anonymous User  3/20/2007
Zoe is a very pretty name. I know a lady who just had a baby girl and named her Zoey. Here where we live you don't see this name often.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2007
Zoe was a Byzantine empress. She was one of the few empresses "born into the purple" (that is, the child of a reigning emperor).
mymymetrocard  7/6/2007
Ehh. To me, the name Zoe is quite ugly.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2007
Zoe Jennifer/Madison MacPherson is the eldest sibling in the comic strip Baby Blues.
LMS  7/30/2007
I have a Greek cousin named Zoe and when we visit Greece people always comment on how Greek the name Zoe is.
123sly  8/11/2007
My late mother's name was Zoe. She was born in 1928, when the name was very unusual. It was her mother's middle name and had been in the family for a long time. My mother absolutely hated it and refused to use it even as a middle name for any of her four daughters. I think she was just the type of person who couldn't handle having an unusual name. When I had a daughter I gave her Zoe as a middle name. I really did it at the time just to honor the family tradition but the name has since grown on me. I'm happy to see it climbing the popularity charts. My mother would be amazed by that!
queenv  9/21/2007
I think it is sweet sounding, but seems overused. I think that spelling it with the tréma/diareses (Zoë) not only makes it sound more mature, but also hints that it is not pronounced "Zo" to the uninformed. :-)
mhavril39  9/24/2007
The sister name of "Chloe". Annoying people name their girls Zoe. They think it sounds exotic and French.
johann14  9/25/2007
I'd like to point out that it is not uninformed to pronounce this name as ZO and not ZO-E. My mother's name was Zoe. It was a family name going way back and it was always pronounced ZO in our family. My college roommate's name was Zoe and she also pronounced it this way. It is not a mispronunciation to do so. Either pronunciation is correct, although I realize that ZO-E is far more common.
queenv  10/20/2007
I am like so confused. Is this name pronounced ZOH or ZOH - EE? I don't like this or `Zoey`. I like `Zoie`, pronounced ZOH - EE. I think it has a lot of spunk. If I had to choose, though, I'd pick this over `Zoey`.
The Commenter  11/9/2007
I really like this name. I don't know anyone named Zoë, so it's pretty original here in the Netherlands. I might name my child Zoë, if I ever have a daughter.
DeniseClaire  11/25/2007
I think this name is cute and lively, and it reminds me of happiness and love. I named my puppy this, too. It's an adorable name!
Wilted  12/9/2007
Nice name for a puppy or for a young girl. But can you imagine being eighty years old and still being called Zoe? arghhh.
Ligeia  1/3/2008
Zoe Heriot, a companion of the Second Doctor on "Doctor Who".
FMRadio  2/2/2008
Also used in Ireland.
Dianna475  3/28/2008
Zoe is the name of a female warrior in Joss Whedon's Firefly, she's a really strong character (and she can kill you with her pinky).
Tahemet1491  4/9/2008
My mother's name was Zoe, as I've already mentioned. I have to laugh at the comment that it's hard to imagine being eighty years old and having the name Zoe, because my mother would have been eighty years old this year if she were still alive. I don't think there's anything too cutesy or little girl-ish about this name at all. My mother lived to be fifty-four years old, and the name always seemed perfectly suitable for her. People think this way only because Zoe has just relatively recently become popular, so right now the vast majority of its bearers are little girls. But it's a name that ages with its bearers perfectly well.
queenv  4/25/2008
This is such a cute name. I will consider it if I have a daughter.
number1212  4/26/2008
A famous bearer is actress Zoe Zaldana Nazario.

Actress Rosanna Arquette and John Sidel have a daughter Zoe Sidel (born 1994).
Emilie007  6/5/2008
Although this name has become very popular where I live - I don't like it. It reminds me of zoo and though I like going to the zoo (it's one of my favorite places) I wouldn't name a girl after it. In addition, there are no nicknames for Zoe, so if you name a child this she's stuck unless she wants to call herself Zo or Z. Maybe it would be ok for a middle name. It has a nice meaning.
KayeKiLa  8/13/2008
Someone posted that Zoe meant "God Life" or "Great faith." That is actually wrong. Zoe comes from ancient Greece. During Ancient Greece, people worshiped many gods/goddesses and did not practice Christianity until much later. So, the name Zoe was adopted by Judaism and Christianity later when people were being converted. The name simply means "life."
Coffeebean  11/22/2008
Zoe is the main character in the book Aimee by Mary Beth Miller. The book does not mention her name until the last 10 pages of the book.
bibi66  2/22/2009
100% Greek. A Greek word meaning life, that's all.
― Anonymous User  2/27/2009
This is such an ugly name. I'm sorry. People just think they're being unique and cute using a "Z" name. I would hate to have this name. There's much nicer, more feminine names than ZOE.
becca_marciano  3/6/2009
While the name literally means "life" in Greek, it is used in the Bible to mean "spirit life."
― Anonymous User  3/9/2009
How can you go wrong with a name that means LIFE? (Greek)
89031  3/12/2009
This is my 3-year-old cousin's name. My aunt chose it after asking her older daughter, who was five at the time, what name she liked for a girl. Abby chose Zoe, after her favorite Sesame Street character. My aunt thought it looked and sounded nice with the middle name she had picked--Elena, after my grandmother, who had recently died. I've always seen this name as ancient yet modern, elegant yet spunky. I think it suits my little cousin pretty well.
britto08  3/27/2009
In reply to the negative comments of this name, being called Zoe has never stopped me from getting anywhere in life. I like that my name is a little unusual and I would hate to be called something common. I have always had positive comments and don't think I will dislike it or feel ridiculous when I get to eighty.
Zoe.E  4/20/2009
I really like this name, but think that it's a bit too popular. If you looked in a school, you would probably find several people named Zoe. My friend is named Zoe, and she likes her name only it annoys her to no end when people spell it "Zoey". It kind of annoys me too, it seems as though the Y is only put there to make it more feminine or because too many people would pronounce it Zo. I like this name, but I think that it's a little short and there isn't very much room for nicknames and sounds a little young.
Summah  6/29/2009
Darcey Bussell, the retired prima ballerina and her husband Angus Forbes have a daughter called Zoë born in 2004.
Price  1/8/2010
In some versions of "King Midas and the Golden Touch," King Midas' young daughter, who he loves more than gold, is named Zoe. He unwittingly turns her into gold when she embraces him, but the spell is reversed when he gives up his golden touch.
ningyorose  2/25/2010
This name can be pronounced zoh-EE or ZO.
SunnyHoney  4/29/2010
I met a Greek guy named Zoe. He said that Zoe is actually a boy and girl name is Greece. Interesting.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2010
Zoe is so adorable. I think that no matter how popular it gets, it will always have a jazzy, futuristic, unique feel to it. I love it!
Likeyeahwhatev  8/18/2010
Zoe and Chloe are often lumped together today, I guess not only because they rhyme but because they are both shooting up the charts. I greatly prefer the former as it doesn't sound so much like phlegm caught in the back of your throat.

Zoe is a name with history and despite the fact that it is experiencing popularity one cannot presume that it would have a negative effect on a mature Zoe in the professional world. Honestly, this isn't Pryncess or Sparkles we're talking about. It's an ordinary name.
vomiting  9/2/2010
My name is Zoe and I love it. Someone posted that if you apply for a job and you are over the age 20 and you are going against someone named Hannah then you probably won't get the job. Well I don't think that's true because people should not judge you by your name it is just rude and unfair.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2010
I love this name. Zoe is a CLASSIC. Everything is good about this name, its meaning, sound, and it's with a Z (Cool)! It's so cool it's used in fashion design for purses, clothes, etc.
― Anonymous User  12/1/2010
I think the name Chloe is cute, but I don't really like the "Z" sound in Zoe.
Chrila96  12/5/2010
I also like it spelled ZOË. It just looks cool, but I would pronounce it the same.
writer371  3/4/2011
A famous bearer of the name is Actress Zoe Saldana.
earthangel  3/6/2011
Zoe Boekbinder is one of the members of the cabaret duo Vermillion Lies.
bathos  3/27/2011
I don't like this very much at all. But it's neat that it means "life" in France.
Joy12  5/4/2011
I have a friend named Zoe. She spells her name Zoë, with two dots over the "e". I think Zoe looks sort of almost "naked", like somethings missing. It looks like it says Zo. I think Zoey looks sort of weird. So I definitely like Zoë the best. My friend told me that Zoe is pronounced Zo and that Zoë is the correct Greek pronunciation, and makes the "ee" sound at the end. I don't know if that's actually true or not, though.

The only problem with Zoë is that lots of people spell it wrong (Zoe) and some computers don't let you put the dots.

My friend always has to tell people how to spell her name "Z-O-E-dot, dot."
PrincessLeia  5/10/2011
I named my child Zoe. A lot of people didn't like it but a lot of people love it. That is with any name. I was looking for a name that was different but not so different where it sound made up. I also wanted a non nickname name. I believe you should call a person by their proper name even tho I call her my Zoe Bowie.. I disagree with a lot of comments about being able to find a job or some spellings but they are opinions that just sound stupid. Zoe is a strong but sweet and spunky and that is who my daughter is!
jenv  7/25/2011
I kind of prefer Zoe as a middle name, and spelled the French way, Zoé. I think it's a cute, simple name, and I adore the meaning. It's just overused as a first name nowadays.

(BTW: My mom and I both agree that the Zoey spelling is icky. Please, spell it Zoe, or Zoé, or Zoë.)
Bunko0  8/5/2011
Zo is a very cheerful name. It's both futuristic and old which makes it a name that wears well.
pumpkincat210  8/6/2011
Love this name. I hate the spelling "Zoey" though. The "Y" is childish and adds nothing to the name.

I think Zoe sounds professional. I can easily picture a lawyer named Zoe. My friend's great-grandmother's name is Zoe and it sounds great. Just because a name ends with an "E" doesn't make it unprofessional. What about Bethany, Rosalie, Coralie, etc.? I do agree SOME names that end in the "E" sound sound unprofessional (Kaylee, Bailey, Rylee), but you have to look at the whole name in general, not just SOME things about it. Just my opinion, though.
LittleSamGirl  8/19/2011
It is also an Italian name. The Italian pronunciation is DZOH-eh. [noted -ed]
presentperfect  9/12/2011
I know a few Zoe's and one of them is really kind. The other Zoe is pedantic, immature and acts like a six-yr old. This has made me go off of the name Zoe very much. It doesn't sound very professional but does sound highly childish. I think there are much better more original names out there.
hollie2305  9/29/2011
Zoe is my name, and I guess it's ok.
What I HATE is when people spell it 'Zoey'. It looks American, ugly and like you can't spell.
I kinda wish my name was spelt Zoé on my birth certificate though, it looks so nice spelt like that.
I don't know many Zoes, so I like it. :3
Though I do prefer my middle name, Ingrid, I love how Zoe starts with a Z - you don't get many girls Z names apart from Zara and Zoe. :)
― Anonymous User  10/2/2011
The main protagonist of the new TV show, "Hart of Dixie," is named Zoe.
Martha Gold  11/25/2011
Such a pretty name. I only like this spelling as Zoey looks tacky and Zoe (with an accent) is just too hard to type. I used to want to be called Zoe-Yasmine. Zoe rox.
emilymaryjane  12/29/2011
My name is Zoe. For short people call me Zo. I love my name and wouldn't want to change it. Chloe sounds common, Zoe adds character. I hate the spellings Zoey, Zooey, Zowie. Any other I think is fine. I don't like common names like Emma, Sarah, Laura, they just sound boring to me.
― Anonymous User  5/2/2012
Zoe Orimoto from Digimon Frontier.
She's called Izumi in Japanese.
Azraelfinalstar  5/12/2012
Why would it be pronounced Zo? That is the problem of the people saying it as Zoe has always been will always be pronounced Zo-ee. Zoey is a variant that is pronounced the EXACT SAME.
littlemissebony  7/23/2012
I think Zoe is a cute name. This may sound like the Nickelodeon show "Zoey 101," but I think a good middle name for Zoe would be Brooke.
St.ClairK59  7/26/2012
I would like to point out, with many people simply making up the meaning of this name, it is the Greek word for 'life'.
Sources: Having the name (mine is the Zoie spelling, Greek is ζωή - zóé) & having visited Greece many times.
Any English -> Greek translator will agree.
Iskaria  9/10/2012
Zoe Carter is Sheriff Carter's rebellious teenage daughter in the Syfy series Eureka. She is portrayed by actress Jordan Hinson.
Fray  11/20/2012
Zoe is a great name, pronounced either ZO-ey or ZO it's fine. I picture a real funky girl with attitude.
People that comment that it doesn't age well confuse me, as names like Abby, Pheobe, Georgia, Rose, Mia all sound cutesy for when they are little, but age just as well as Zoe. Can't please them all I guess!
― Anonymous User  12/31/2012
Ugh. This name is so popular right now, and I don't know why. Although it was used (not very often) during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, I can't see it fitting anyone over the age of 21. It's also way too short, like the horribly childish Mia, which like Zoe, should be a dog or cat's name, not a person's!
― Anonymous User  2/6/2013
Name of the Day: March 4, 2013.
― Anonymous User  3/4/2013
I don't get how this name is babyish. It's the name of my paternal grandmother, and she is most definitely old. I think Zoe is a nice name and it suits all ages.
Lolth  4/2/2013
Zoe is a pretty, yet spunky name. I like the meaning, which is "life." It is definitely a girl's name. The name "Zooey" found in JD Salinger's FRANNY AND ZOOEY is a nickname for Zachary and has nothing to do with the name Zoe. It is true that most North American keyboards do not have the punctuation to use above the "e", but I do not think this is a big drawback. The spelling "Zoey" is more recent. I think the "y" is superfluous, but no big deal. I would keep to the original "Zoe" myself---seems more educated. Again, Zoe is a nice name.
linden-tree-murmur  5/1/2013
Zoe Graystone is the female character in Caprica.
1. She is known to have created the real AI with self-consciousnesses.
2. She is also the first human being to have ascended into pure spiritual existence through diving into the programs she created herself.
3. Being the God of the new world, she is much like a spoiled tyrant bearing the abhorrence of the absurdity of contemporary human world, thus getting to her end of renewing everything existing through every possible means.
4. She had been cute, gentle, nice to people, actually, and will always be if the world goes in her way.
5. She is the daughter of Daniel Graystone, a computer science industrialist and public figure, and Amanda Graystone, a doctor.

Zoe Graystone fits quite well with the meaning "life" I think.
alex00zoe  5/7/2013
Zoe is the name of my girlfriend, now wife. It is also where my internet name alex00Zoe comes from. I remembered pronouncing it ZO and getting corrected by Zoe.

The name Zoe means "life" in ancient Greek as well as in my own life.
alex00zoe  5/7/2013
"Zoe" is an "aeon" in Gnosticism. It means "life", and completes "Logos" as a female form. "Logos" means "word".
alex00zoe  5/7/2013
Zoe is a very pretty name. Simple and easy to say and doesn't take much explanation. I'm sure some people mistakenly pronounce the name like Joe. In a lot of shows, where a character bears the name, they'll often be called Zo as a nickname. I've used Zoya as a character name, now I'm considering Zoe, because it means life, for a different character in another story. If someone does have to explain the name they could always say Zoe rhymes with Joey without the 'Y'.
Vani Joy  7/1/2013
My name is Zoe. I love the name. It suits me well. Zoe Elizabeth Mc(Not displaying my full last name.) It just flows. I can't think of a better name. I was named by my uncle who I never see any more. The name Zoe was the name of a character in Doctor Who. She was one of the Doctor's companions. I also have a great nickname, Zoseph. My friends call me that. :D.
Twilink  8/2/2013
I know a girl who pronounces her name ZO. Her name is always mispronounced by teachers and other students. She also has a sister named Phoebe whose name is pronounced FO-bee.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2013
I, personally, prefer the pronunciation Zo. It makes more sense to me. If I want to have someone be called Zo-ee, I'll name them Zoey.
Lilly-Elise  8/21/2013
Pretty but slightly overused.
xgirl  5/26/2014
Zoe is a cute girly name. X ^^
― Anonymous User  5/31/2014
I honestly don't like this name. It sounds trashy, and I don't like that it starts with a Z. If you want a Z name, you could do something like Zinnia, which I think is unique and pretty.
Elizabeth Anna  6/1/2014
There is a character briefly mentioned called Zoe in the Call of the Forgotten series by Julie Kagawa.
― Anonymous User  6/9/2014
My sister is called Zoë, with the dieresis (2 dots) on the 'e'. Those 2 dots make it 'Zo-E' because otherwise the name Zoe would rhyme with Joe, making it just be pronounced 'Zo'. I know the most common spelling is Zoe that rhymes with Joey, but I prefer the 2 dots version. I think it looks nicer than Zoey, Zooey, Zowie or whatever other spellings there are.
Jazzie2906  8/14/2014
How in the world could anyone think that Zoe sounds "trashy"? This is the trite objection used any time someone wants to put down a name. That and that "it sounds like a dog's name." Come on, people... get educated.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2014
I love this name. I have loved this name since I was 14 when I first met a Zoe. I'm in my 30s now and recently named my daughter Zoe. The meaning, "life" is what really clinched it as my choice. Thank you "linden-tree murmur" for expressing my exact sentiments so well. I think it is simple, classy, with a bit of pizzazz. Disappointed by some of the negative impressions other people have left, but I am going to keep on loving this name.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2014
My name is Zoé; my sister chose it; while it might sound cute and childish I love it because of its very beautiful meaning: "life". It's quite short and while other people say parents made a huge mistake by naming their kids "Zoe" I think it was quite smart of them. I learned how to write my name at age 3 while other kids with more intricate names had difficulties. About the professionalism, well I think you get chosen for a job because of your abilities, not your name.. unless that is, of course, that you're gonna be a doll or something... Aaaand!, at least where I live, is not a common name which I like, since being a human is all about being different... right?
zoe-orench  9/5/2014
I gave my daughter this name as a middle name because of the meaning, which I feel is of utmost importance. The word means the God-kind of life. Not just any life. But the abundant life Jesus died to give everyone. It's a beautiful name simply because of it's meaning. Why seek a name that just "sounds good to your ear" when you can find a name with true & rich meaning?
― Anonymous User  10/18/2014
Zoe Kristi Hardman is a British television presenter.
― Anonymous User  10/22/2014
To all the people saying Zoe means God-life or spirit-life or whatever- not really. In a poetic or literary context (like the Bible), then yeah, it can/does, but in day to day life (haha, joke), it just means "life". Just ordinary, being alive "life". It's just a normal word that also functions as a name, like Hope or Faith in English.
kvpp88  10/23/2014
I agree with the person above, Zoë doesn't mean "God's Faith", or whatever, it only means "Life" in Greek. It is an amazing, elegant name, and not at all over used. It a crime to dislike this name.
Antonio432  3/20/2015
My name is actually Zoe and I love my name. I do not think that it is childish or a pet's name. I'm definitely keeping it and the other people that commented, they don't know how it feels to have a name like Zoe.
Zoerb302  12/2/2014
My name is Zoë and I love my name. It is great to know my name means Eternal Life, God Life, Abundant Life, or Great Faith. Unlike many others, I disagree with the fact that it sounds like a pet name. I think the people that commented that my name was a pet's name should reconsider because it is very hurtful.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2014
An unusual name that I like sometimes.
fugfacedmermaid  12/27/2014
My name is Zoe, and I personally love it because it isn't as common or generic as, say, Hannah or Jennifer, yet it isn't outlandish and unheard of (though those are awesome names too). Yes, there will always be people who pronounce it "Zo", and yes it does get just a little bit annoying, but that's not the norm. I personally would say Zoë or Zoe or Zoé all work. However, I think Zoey does not, because it sounds pretty Disney and little-kid-ish.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2015
My name is Zoë and I couldn't love it more than I already do. I would like to make sure that people understand that the name Zoe is not a fancy French name, or some funky, trendy, made up American name, but is in fact a classic Greek name that means nothing more than "life". This name is very old, elegant and simple, and, addressed to the comment way above, will have no negative effect on a person's professional career. I believe that the most common and proper way to pronounce this name is Zoh-ee although I know others might pronounce is Zoh. The French variant of Zoe is Zoé, pronounced zoh-ay. The Dutch variation of the name is s Zoë, pronounced Zoh-ee. Other American spelling are Zoey, Zooey, and Zowie, which I believe to all be rather ugly and childish. My Greek grandmother who has a very thick accent, pronounced my name sort of like dzoh-Ee, with emphasis on the Ee.
Eleni 217  3/17/2015
My name is Zoë, my dad chose it, therefore I like it. Everyone has their opinion of a name... for example, I hate and really do not like the name Claire :/
― Anonymous User  6/1/2015
Saint Zoe of Rome.
― Anonymous User  6/10/2015
Zoe is a stunning name. It is a name that will never date either.
dallywally  7/5/2015
I love the name Zoe, so original, better than anything like Kate or John.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2015
Zoe Sugg, a vlogger from Lacock, near the city of Bath, who is the sister of Joe Sugg, a vlogger too. Her YouTube name is Zoella and MoreZoella.
helloadele  11/30/2015
I'm Brazilian and I love the name Zoe! (Zoë is also amazing). It is a simple and sweet name and the initial "Z" is awesome. Unfortunately, this name is impossible in Brazil because its sound is very similar to a negative and derogatory Brazilian slang term. But if I lived in the United States or a European country, I would choose this name for my daughter.
flaviacardozodejesus  12/2/2015
It is not over used. There are billions of people in the world, if the name Zoe was overused then most of the world's population would be named Zoe. Zoē's parents do not need to be bonked on the head. I've met only 3 Zoe's (they are all spelled differently; Zoey, Zoe, Zoē). I love the name Zoe, it rhymes with a lot of things.
SavvyGracce  1/4/2016
My name is Zoe, and all these comments about Zoe being a baby name, or too common are untrue. First of all, I have never met another Zoe in my life, and personally I do not think Zoe is a baby name at all. I have never had a problem finding a job because of my name.
zoedurham13  1/19/2016
My name is Zoe. I was named Zoe after a little girl who lived next door to my parents. I love my name. I have never met another Zoe, though I know it isn't an uncommon name. I have never found it difficult to secure employment, so I'm not really sure what the person who talked about the employability of people called Zoe was waffling on about! Also, people I know do call me "Zo", but it is more of a shortened, or pet name. It seems strange to me that there are so many negative comments here about the name Zoe. Zoe is a beautiful, pretty, snappy and modern name.
Mrs Freeman  1/23/2016
My husband and I named our second daughter Zoe (with a two dots over the e.) We found the name in A.S. Neill's parenting book titled Summerhill. This was a popular counter culture book in the 1960's. I was told that in Greek it meant "life." Zoe ended up being her middle name as her father wanted Erica as her first name. Actually she goes by Erica now.

We have always loved the name; I am surprised at the comments regarding the name as it means life and love to me.
carolmaeray  1/27/2016
Zoe is the name of a character from the original Spyro series. She is a fairy who assists Spyro by zapping him so he'll return to where she last zapped him if he loses a life.
Buneary  1/31/2016
My name is Zoe! I love my name and I don't care what haters think. I think the name Zoe is a beautiful name, and I think the same to other people who share my name. Thank you to people who think the same as me.
blackcat7399  2/21/2016
So many people hate this name. I like it. It's hardly a pet name. If you got a pet you would most likely not use a human name. You would use Spot or Rover or something.
harleyqueenx  2/23/2016
Really awesome name! "Zoe" rolls off the tongue nicely, plus it looks really nice, especially with the Z. I prefer this spelling over "Zoey" because Zoe has the same end sound as "Chloe" yet you don't see people spell it "Chloey". Don't get me wrong, if you prefer "Zoey" over "Zoe" that's all fine and dandy, it's just my opinion. It still doesn't take away from the fact that it is a very nice name!
mdo19  4/10/2016
I'm really surprised that so many people think this name is too young. I've always thought it was a classy but youthful name, and I know that it was used before now (Zoe Heriot, one of my favoutite Doctor Who companions, had it for a name and that was in the 60s, so it wasn't unheard of [though she was from the future...]). Anyway, I like it, especially in this form (no annoying accents, so easier to type).
VoraLundar  4/30/2016
My name is Zoë and I love my name. I get called nicknames too, Big Z, Zozo, Zo and the like. For anyone saying it's a pet-name, sure, any name can be a pet-name. It has a sense of urban even though there are references throughout history- even in the Bible, so for those who are saying it's too modernized etc, it's really not, even though the letter "Z" does offer some uniqueness to the name. Not only does it have a wonderful meaning, "life", I also deem it as a quirky and slightly different name, which I personally like. Depending on the country, the popularity of the name varies but I'm the only person in my whole year who has the name and I only really know of two other people called Zoe.

For those who say it's an immature name and that I won't be taken seriously, you're far from right. I opened up a business at the age of 16 (I'm now nearly 18) and I'm doing fine, ergo proving the point that a Zoë can be both sophisticated and also taken seriously in industry. So, if you like the name, and you believe that it sounds nice and is well suited, then there shouldn't be anything stopping you. The whole faff about it being too short, too modern and the like is utter nonsense. Whatever name you give to a child, it is only a basic foundation for the person that they're well and truly going to become.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2016
Not a fan of the OH-ee sound; this name sounds very immature and girlish to me. I can't see it on a serious grown woman past the age of 25.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/10/2016
I like this name. I like the Z part. It has spunk.
namefan5000  5/22/2016
Many people would deny the meaning of Zoë to be anything but life. The Greek work for life is bios. Zoë means spiritual life. Bios refers to the body, while Zoë refers to the soul. Both words mean life, but they refer to two different kinds of life.

To get the two dots over the e, the shortcut on a keyboard is Alt 137.
Lifelighttruth  5/24/2016
My mum's name is Zoya. I like this name very much!  5/26/2016
I love the name Zoe!
lexi jennings  6/5/2016
My name is Zoe and I love it. Those of you making silly comments in here saying it sounds like a pets name and telling parents to get educated, how ridiculous does that sound?! You never know one of your children will grow up one day and choose the name Zoe for their children. And choosing a child's names has nothing to do with education.
― Anonymous User  6/18/2016
To the person above who put down my remark about education: I said that Zoe is NOT a trashy name and that people who say it is trashy or a pet's name need to get educated... By the way, I DO think that name choice has something to do with education.
― Anonymous User  9/28/2016
I love my name. My family call me Zo all the the time. My grandad called me Zo before he died and it reminds me of him to be called Zo.
I don't know why some of you are quick to judge. I've heard some awful names but don't say anything. Don't make judgements if you don't know the person with the name Zoe- it's who you are that counts. It's just a name.
Zoe39  6/18/2016
I like this name, great meaning. I prefer the spelling Zoey though, Zoe looks like Zo to me.
― Anonymous User  7/22/2016
My name is Zoe and I don't mind it at all. I think it's a great name and since it sounds so cheerful it makes me cheerful. But why should we care about our names and how we're getting a job? I mean the boss person isn't going to just choose her because her name is "Hannah", the boss person is going to choose who he/she thinks is best at doing that sort of job. Also, if someone's name was "Elizabeth Zoe" why would they go by their middle name when their first name is great? Another thing is it's a name and it's very beautiful. People around town have asked me what my name is, and it's Zoe, and a lot of people tell me it's a beautiful name or I like that name. I mean it does sound childish but sometimes you just have to live with it. I wouldn't want my name to be any thing else except Zoe Angelina Mary Jane M.
zoe.melin  7/27/2016
It's funny, it seems like a modern sounding name, when in reality, it's ancient. I love it! Don't think it sounds childish at all.
― Anonymous User  9/24/2016
Zoe is not a bad name at all. Have you ever thought about what life is?
- Zozzy-  10/6/2016
I think the name Zoe is really amazing because it has a great meaning; "God's kind of life". This name would obviously just give its bearer a graceful kind of life because of its meaning. Remember all names have their positive or negative impacts.
Anshi Carine  11/29/2016
"zo-EE" is pronounced in Modern Greek.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  1/1/2017
Hi my name is Zoe. I would just like to say my name is a very beautiful name and yes it has been around for a long time and it has kind of died a little bit but it is still a beautiful name and in Greek it means life.
Zoe.f  1/30/2017
Zoe Elizabeth Sugg is an English fashion and beauty vlogger, YouTuber, and author. She is best known by her YouTube username Zoella. Her debut novel, Girl Online, was released in November 2014 and broke the record for highest first-week sales of a first-time novelist since Nielsen BookScan began compiling such records in 1998.
lilolaf  3/4/2017
This name is still very popular in Greece. In Modern Greek, the stress is on the last syllable (Ζωή).
lichnost  4/11/2017
May I say right now that people will say that it is supposed to be spelled Zoey but that is false, in reality it can be spelled many, many ways as my name is also Zoe and yes, no "y" at the end. It does not sound like Zo at all. Let me sound it out for ya, Zo... ee there ya go, so please stop being a Grammer Nazi. Another thing too, if you honestly have to post on here that it's ugly then go somewhere else. You really never know if someone like me with the name Zoe might read these comments and see that people think it's old and over used, SO GUESS WHAT? NOT EVERY NAME HAS TO BE POPULAR AND GRACEFUL. I SWEAR IF I SEE ANOTHER PERSON SAY ITS A DOG NAME I WILL SLAP THEM ON THE HEAD. It's a cute and short name and that's what I have to say.
― Anonymous User  5/16/2017
Zoe Bell is a famous New Zealand stunt woman. I'm due to have a little girl in a few weeks, and we've chosen the name Zoë. I see a lot of comments giving the meaning in Greek. I have not seen any addressing the translation to Zoe from Eve that the Hellenistic Jews made. I thought this was pretty interesting myself. This site does contain that information as well. I don't foresee it being an issue with employment later on in my daughter's life. This name has been around for hundreds of years, yet it still rings modern now. I love it! Waves of names change throughout history. There will be Ashlyns, Madisons, Zoës, Rileys and many women who become doctors, lawyers, managers, accountants, nurses, famous artists and you name it. For all you beautiful Zoës, Zoes, Zoeys or any combination of spelling on here, don't let the negative comments get you down.
MJ Anonymous User  9/9/2017
I had also found that the King James Bible New Testament was translated from Greek. The word "life" shows 134 times throughout the New Testament. If you are defining the different uses for the word in the Bible, then yes, it can mean life devoted to God, fullness of life, life real and genuine, or living soul. If one dives into history a little or has seen a 1611 or later of the KJV Bible, you'd know there are usually different uses for words and their history, especially in other languages. Don't just go off of an internet search. It can mean more than just the translation of life. So no one in this thread is wrong. You just have to dig a little deeper. Always do your research and homework. The things you might find are pretty interesting! I also love the way the Ancient Greek form of the word looks.
MJ Anonymous User  9/9/2017
It's pretty common, but I like the sound of it.
Phoenix Gemstone  10/2/2017
My name is Zoé, and I find it shocking from what I am hearing about it. I think it is a great name and its meaning, “life”, has a beautiful connotation to it. “Zoey” is its common American spelling, but spelling it in other variations such as “Zoë, Zoé, Zoie, or even Zowie” can give it a unique look and meaning. I love how it starts with a Z, as not many names do; makes it even more unique. Yes, the name Zoe is overused and is an older name, but overall, it has so much spunk and is a nice name.
― Anonymous User  10/4/2017
I’m in my 50s and I have always hated being called Zoe. As a child in the 70s it was considered so excessively unusual that people expected me to be foriegn and not speak English. I was bullied by other children because they couldn’t get over someone having a name beginning with a Z. You would have to call a kid something like XXX today for their name to stand out in a freakish way like mine did back then. People would say things like “is that actually a name?” And now it has gone completely the other way appearing in lists of the top names for girls for decades with no sign of declining. I might as well be called a John. I went through all that bullying as a child just to have a name as an adult that is actually very common. It became a top 10 girls name in the UK way back in the 1990s after a soap opera character (on Neighbors) was called it. And yet people still think it’s unusual and if they hear of someone else called Zoe you must be the same person as them. Just google to see the amounts of people called this. Tired of being confused with someone else. It just isn’t an uncommon name any more.
As a child I do remember a couple of people asking me if I was named after the Doctor Who character from the 60s but that wasn’t where my parents got it from apparently. I also remember being compared with the musician Jimmy Page (70s band Lead Zeppelin) who called himself ZoSo.
As for the umlauts, I always used them as a child but as an adult it just became too difficult and complex to explain or write on a form and, as people say, the accent is not on a keyboard and that leads to being in the habit of leaving it out.
I cannot believe that people think it is a cutsie name for little girls and doesn’t work on an adult. I mean I am middle aged and I have NEVER had that comment nor has it ever occurred to me. Most of my life people have regarded my name as freakish for beginning with Z and difficult to pronounce or spell. Now it’s the equivalent of being called Tinkerbelle or something? Disbelief.
WildM  11/24/2017
My daughter is named Zoe and it's a beautiful, feminine yet sassy name which matches her exactly. When people add a "y" at the end (Zoey) it makes me think they can't spell or something, like those people who put an apostrophe before the "s" in plural words.
The name was given to my daughter prophetically as who she is and who she will become: full of God's life and faithfulness.
Littlemissjustice  1/4/2018
I love my name, but it's getting a bit bothersome that sooo many people are using it nowadays. It's a good name, I know, but I am constantly finding Zoe and it feels a bit frustrating.
― Anonymous User  2/1/2018
I have never particularly cared for the name Zoe or Zoey. It's so close to zoo. I've always preferred very soft, feminine names and this, for me, is not one of them. For those of you with this name it doesn't matter what I or anyone else says, I'm sure you will make this name special!
― Anonymous User  2/10/2018
Zoey is an awesome name.
― Anonymous User  2/16/2018
Zoe is the name of one of the characters from Dear Evan Hansen (my love).
― Anonymous User  2/20/2018
My name is Zoe and I don't feel too strongly about it either way. As a child, although it sometimes got confused with Chloe, I adored the name because it made me feel unique. Presently, as a teenager, it's a pretty popular name but I don't mind at all. The name itself has value other than how it has a "Z" in it; mainly the meaning, which many other comments have already mentioned, but also because I think it sounds nice (my name is pronounced ZOH-EE). Yes, it does sort of sound like a pet name because it ends in "ee", but I'd much rather be a Zoe than a Daisy or a Frannie.
For anyone considering naming their child Zoe, know that I've never been picked on due to the name. The most that's happened is people confusing it with Chloe or accidentally spelling it with a Y at the end. It's not an annoying name to have, and I don't resent my parents for naming me this way. But if you appreciate the name purely because it's uncommon, it actually isn't. Many notable people are named Zoe.
The last thing I'm going to add is that, in contrast to pretty much every other comment here, my name has the two dots over the O. I'm pretty sure that's my parents' mistake (because the purpose of the dots on the E is to show that it's pronounced like Zoey) but I like it more because it feels centered when I write it down. Overall, don't think Zoe is a bad name. And even if you don't like it for people, it works well for pets too :)
― Anonymous User  3/7/2018
My name is ZOE and I'm a boy and my name is working out for me.
But everybody asks "Why did your parents give you a girls name?"
And I say "Because ZOE means life, and I'm my parents life."
Wadez33  3/8/2018
My Name is Zoë and I LOVE it! It is spunky, cool, interesting, quirky, and short just like me! My parents picked it out because they found it on a necklace in an antique store with one of the Greek ways of spelling it (ZWH) after the 2 Saints Zoe and the Empress Zoë Porphyrogenita. My dad is a priest and also knew that Zoë is a variation of Eve from the Bible. I've always loved my name and would never change it for something else. I disagree with anyone who said that it would give me a dissadvantage in the buissness world. No one should judge anyone by their name, it's not like they picked it out. And anyway, Zoë is a highly sophisticated name, good for all ages. It's not a pet name like some say. Pet names are Socks, Buddy, Coco, Shadow, and Peanut Butter. Not names like Zoë, Mia, Jessie, Lily, Or Bella. Also those who don't like the name Zoë that's your personal opinion so keep it to your self so you don't put doubt in those with the name and liked it before but after reading your comment changed their mind. Its their name and whether they like it or not they are stuck with it for the rest of their lives so they might as well have their own opinion of it, unbiased by your personal opinion on the name they were given at birth.
MissZoeJane  3/28/2018

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