Quick Facts on Corey
- Nordic, Scottish
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Corey
Corey is the transferred use of a Scottish surname (although also found in Ireland) recorded as Corey, Corrie or Corry which itself is derived from a place name. The name is said to come from the Gaelic word “coire” which means ‘cauldron’ which would have been used to describe a topographical feature of a landscape (making it more distinguishable). In this case, the ‘cauldron’ would signify a circular hanging valley on a mountaintop. Alternately, the name is said to come from an Old Norse personal name “Kóri” of unknown meaning (although some say 'curly-haired'). As a given name, Corey became popularized for little boys in the latter half of the 20th century throughout the English speaking countries. Today, Corey is still ranked relatively high as a masculine personal name in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Popularity of the Name Corey
Corey first appeared on the male naming charts in the United States in 1949. By the 1960s, it became clear that Corey was on his way up, and fast. In 1969, Corey landed a spot on the Top 100 list of most favored boy names. It would remain a Top 100 for almost 30 years, but the 1980s marked the trendiest decade for this simple name. For anyone around in 1987 around the release of the 80s classic film “The Lost Boys”, you just couldn’t get away from the teen-idols known simply as “The Coreys” (i.e., Corey Feldman and the late Corey Haim). This was the height of Corey. As the name became ϋber-trendy for boys, it suddenly appeared on the female naming charts in 1969, although Corie is the more common spelling for the girl version of this name. Corey would disappear from the female naming charts in 1995, re-establishing Corey as a male name. The turn of the 21st century has marked a substantial decline in usage for Corey, however. It is now given to only about 1,000 baby boys a year. Even though the name has mainly Scottish and/or Scandinavian beginnings, it still sounds mostly Irish for some reason. The name is simple and cute, but it lacks a “wow” factor. If you like the name Corey but want to jazz it up a bit, think about Cornelius or Cornell as possible alternatives.
Popularity of the Boy Name Corey
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Corey
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Corey
Corey We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Corey.
Popular Songs on Corey
Corey, Corey - a song by the Kingston Trio
Darlin' Corey - a song by The Bluegrass Cardinals
Children's Books on the Baby Name Corey
Flying Free: Corey's Underground Railroad Diary (Sharon Dennis Wyeth) - In this sequel to My America: Freedom's Wings, Corey Birdsong and his family have escaped slavery and the South and found refuge in Canada. This book is part of the re-launch of the My America series. In Sharon Dennis Wyeth's sequel to My America: Freedom's Wings, Corey and his family have escaped from slavery and the South and are now living in Canada. They own their own land, have made new friends, and Corey gets ready to go to school. But danger still remains across the river in Ohio, where slave-catchers lurk, waiting to capture escaped slaves to bring them back to their former masters. Corey, however, outsmarts them, and brings his friend Mingo to safety in Canada. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Message In The Sky: Corey's Underground Railroad Diary (Sharon Dennis Wyeth) - In "Message in the Sky", Corey begins attending school, and his family, along with his friend, Mingo, are living well in Canada, where they've built their own farm. But, the Birdsongs cannot let go of the memories of their friends left behind in America. Corey and Mingo hatch a plan to help Aunt Queen, Mingo's adopted mother, escape, but Corey's parents forbid it, and start saving money to buy her freedom, instead. However, when Corey accidentally ends up on the American side of the Ohio River, he finds himself a conductor on the Underground Railroad! Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Corey
Famous People Named Corey - Corey Hart (Canadian singer); Corey Haim (actor); Corey Feldman (actor); Corey Parker (actor)
Children of Famous People Named Corey
Famous People Who Named Their Son Corey - Billy Dee Williams (actor); Bob Eubanks (TV personality)
Corey - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Corey - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Corey.
Personality of the Boy Name Corey
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Corey