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My name is actually Zoë though for many years I just wrote my name as Zoe. People tend to pronounce it Zo, which is extremely frustrating! Also, when I tell people my name I have to make sure that I tell them “spelled without a y” which you wouldn’t think would be a problem but sometimes you just don’t want to be rude. I love my name very much as it is different from other people. I just wanted to show that there’s a bit of a complication but overall when people find out what my name actually is they always say they love it and that it’s so unique.
― Anonymous User  7/5/2018
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It's alright, I guess. Though, since I'm used to reading Russian cryllic, I can't help but mistakenly read "Zoë" as "Zo-yo", and so on with Chloë and "Clo-yo". Personal nitpick, but more or less, if the accent has no purpose except to look cool, just don't have it, in my opinion.
mememan28  4/20/2018
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Another bearer of this name is Zoe Nightshade from Percy Jackson.
skygrace16  1/29/2018
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Zoë is my favorite spelling. Zooey and Zoey do not look as good as the traditional spelling. I also prefer Zoë to Chloe.
XironDarkstar  1/24/2018
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Zoë Isabella Kravitz is an American actress, singer and model. She is the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. She first appeared in the films No Reservations and The Brave One, and played Angel Salvadore in the Marvel Comics film X-Men: First Class.
cutenose  5/24/2017
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Way too pretentious spelling it like this. Zoe & Zoey are perfectly fine. If you're from the states, don't even bother with accents on names. Seriously

So many born Zoe's & even Chloe's insist on having their name spelled with the accent. For instance, I knew this Zoe from school and recently she has begun to use the accent and spell her name as Zoë. I personally find spelling those names as such, Zoë & Chloë, they come as across as pretentious and more snobbish.
― Anonymous User  10/1/2016
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(to that anon) How in the world is spelling it this way pretentious? Do you realize that this is the original spelling? Are all non English names pretentious now?

This name in its original form is lovely, and anyone who thinks it's "pretentious" or "too much" or whatever is uneducated.
foxgloves  2/17/2018
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Zoë Wanamaker (born May 13, 1949) is a British actress. She played Rolanda Hooch in the first Harry Potter film, and she currently plays the Russian princess Marie in the TV series "Mr Selfridge."
lichnost  12/4/2015
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I have a girl on the way and decided to give her this name. It sounds cute and spunky. We were undecided with spelling it Zoey, Zoe, or Zoë. In the end we went with Zoë. The umlaut or whatever gives it a more unique and exotic look. I think Zoey is really cute but only works for little girls. Drop the Y and it's more traditional and timeless. What also sold me on the name was that it meant "life". Because of that we're going with the middle name "Belle" which means "Beautiful". Zoë Belle... Life is Beautiful!
Whatsyourname  12/15/2014
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I can't quite believe what I am reading about the name Zoe or even Zoë for that matter! I dread to think what people have written about some of the other names on this website considering what I read about this one! How would a name such as Zoë stop or prevent employment? That is totally ridiculous that an employer would choose a suitable candidate for the job by rating their Christian name, which that particular person had no involvement or say in what it would be anyway. I was born in Germany and my name is spelt: Zoë. I love it! I think it's unique, quirky and it suits me. I have never in my life been questioned on how to pronounce my name and I have never in my life been called Zo by accident, it's very clear that it is pronounced "ZO-EE". Some very strange and pathetic comments here about not liking a name purely because they know one other person in the world with the same name who they don't like! Wow!
ZoeChristina  8/28/2014
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This is my middle name and while I'm fine with it, it's not my favorite. What I really hate are the umlauts on the e. To me they are so pretentious and obnoxious and just extremely irritating. I have debated removing them from my name but the paperwork seems a hassle and it is only my middle name.
kvpp88  6/9/2014
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I simply adore this name. Ever since I started reading the Percy Jackson series, I started to associate people's names with the characters. Zoë is definitely in my top 10 favorite characters in the whole series.

I associate this name with a strong, independent girl.
theadiragram  3/19/2012
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The name of Haidee's maid in Lord Byron's Don Juan.
― Anonymous User  11/1/2011
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One famous bearer is the actress Zoë Saldana, born 1978.
Zanizaila  10/21/2010
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Zoë's Diner is an American fast food chain.
SunnyHoney  4/29/2010
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My name is really ZOE, but I like to be known as "ZOË". For people that say this is a child's name and when the person is 60, it will sound weird, well that's what everyone thought when they named their children Hilda, Penny, Lilian, Julie, etc. When I am in my 60s, it will be considered a formal name. And I can't help that my name is Zoe.
SunnyHoney  4/21/2010
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A beautiful ancient name and faintly bohemian. I chose this name for my daughter because we are practising Christians and the name is used a lot in the New Testament (Greek) and refers to eternal life in this context. There is also a St. Zoe. I don't know why some people think it's a modern name -it's been around as a name for centuries, but has just had a resurgence in the UK over in the last few decades or so.
― Anonymous User  1/8/2010
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I think that this name is a very nice one. I don't like Zoe without the umlaut on the end, because that way it looks incomplete.
zippity bubble  5/19/2009
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I like it better with the double dots over the E. Otherwise, it looks like it's pronounced "ZO".
Jesussaves7193  1/3/2009
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Zoë Nightshade was a ex-Hesperides who was Artemis' lieutenant in the third book of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series.
GreekMythology  8/7/2008
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I think the name sounds quite harsh with the 'z' at the beginning, and also with the ''oh'' and ''ee'' sounds following one another. Chloë sounds softer. The name sounds a bit youthful despite being nothing new.
slight night shiver  5/13/2008
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This is my name. To the people who commented above (to the Zoe spelling): I am taken seriously by people, my name has not detracted from my credibility. This is a wonderful name, especially with this spelling. :)
― Anonymous User  3/13/2008
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I think it makes people look really dumb to spell this name without the diareses on the "e". Besides, if you don't spell it Zoë, it makes it a lot easier for strangers to pronounce the name as "zo".
mhavril39  10/10/2007
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Zoë was the girl who was murdered in the book Saving Zoë.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2007
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Zoë (real name Zoë Pollock) is a British female pop singer and songwriter.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2007
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Zoë Records is an independent record label in the United States. It is a part of the Rounder Records group.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2007
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Zoë is a solar-powered autonomous robot with sensors able to detect microorganisms and map the distribution of life in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, duplicating tasks that could be used in future exploration of Mars.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2007
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This name is perfectly fine for anybody. Besides, just because it is overused doesn't mean you can't use it. A long time ago, names like Ashley or Jennifer were unique, but now look at them.
― Anonymous User  6/20/2007
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I love this name! What a great meaning, too.
nelirosala  7/30/2006
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My friend is named Zoë, and I think it is pretty, graceful, elegant and not too common. I just think the different spellings of Zoe are difficult.
swisssugar  5/22/2006
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I think the name Zoe has one of the best meanings, and it isn't all that common, so it is quite an honour for Zoe to be your name.
― Anonymous User  4/20/2006
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My favourite name, it is great! Love the meaning as well.
sjzone  12/5/2005
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This name was also used as an honourific for Roman commanders if they had been especially courageous.
serasin  6/9/2005
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I love my name as it's not very common but it's also not silly like some of the names you hear today. Some modern names sound made up!
Zoe.N  6/8/2005
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This was St. Catherine Laboure's given name (pronounced the French way).
mariej2  6/4/2005
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I love the name Zoe. It has a beautiful meaning in Greek and I know a really interesting, sweet person with this name.
BelCanto142  5/21/2005
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Ick. I dislike Chloe and Zoe. They sound like names for pets, not people.
Mommy2B  5/5/2005

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