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Quick Facts on Joey

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 644
Simple meaning:
God shall add (another son)

Characteristics of Joey

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Joey

Joey is an English diminutive of Joseph. Joseph is the anglicized form of the Hebrew name “Yosef” which translates to “(God) shall add (another son).” This is a fitting translation, as Joseph was the eleventh son of Israel’s (née Jacob) from the book of Genesis. Joseph was Israel’s most favored son that “he made him a robe of many colors” because he was “the son of his old age” (Genesis 37:3). This inspired jealousy from Joseph’s brothers who eventually sold him into slavery to Egypt. Joseph rose to become chief steward to Pharaoh in Egypt and was eventually reconciled with his brothers when they came to buy corn from him during a seven-year famine. In the New Testament, Joseph is the name of the husband of the Virgin Mary who essentially becomes Jesus’ foster father. Lastly, the name is borne in the Bible by a rich Jew who took Jesus down from the cross and buried him. According to medieval legend, this Joseph (Joseph of Arimathea) brought the Holy Grail to Britain. Joe and Joey have always been used as short forms of Joseph but they have also been bestowed as independently given names in their own right. Oddly enough, Joey is currently a Top 100 favorite boy’s name in the Netherlands.

Popularity of the Name Joey

Joey is one of those names that screams New York-New Jersey. It practically begs to be pronounced with a Brooklyn accent. Of course Joe and Joey are used all over America as nicknames for Joseph, Joey just makes us think of a young Italian ragazzo from the East Coast. Like Joey Tribbiani from “Friends”. As an independently given name – you know, where Joey is the official name on the birth certificate rather than Joseph – it’s been around for a lot longer than we would have guessed. And more popular than we would have thought too. Joey is just so informal and casual it doesn’t feel like a proper given name. But herein apparently lies his charm. Many American parents opt for nicknames as given names. They tend to be less traditional and customary. They are more relaxed and cutesy. But nicknames also provide for less flexibility later in life. Joey is a very boyish name which is why many grown up Joeys might start calling themselves Joe. In any case, Joey has been around on the charts since the 1940s. His peak popularity was achieved during the 1960s and 70s when he briefly made the Top 200 list. Of course not as popular as Joseph, Joey has still done quite well all things considered. Aside from being a bonafide masculine given name, Joey is still used as a nickname for girls (particularly for Josephine). Oh, and a “joey” is also the term for a baby marsupial (kangaroos, koalas and the like). You know, the little guys that ride around in mommy’s pouch.
Popularity of the Boy Name Joey
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Joey

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Joey

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Joey

    Joey We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Joey.

  • Popular Songs on Joey

    Popular Songs on Joey

    I'm Tired Joey Boy - a song by Van Morrison

    Joey - a song by Bob Dylan

    Joey - a song by Concrete Blonde

    Joey - a song by Sugarland

    Joey - a song by Bon Jovi

    Joey - a song by the Grateful Dead

    Joey - a song by Natalie Cole

    Joey - a song by Beverly Craven

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Joey

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Joey

    I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone (Stephanie Kuehnert) - A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell. The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones. Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back. Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily? Recommended for ages young adult.

    Joey (Frances E. Castellano) - Joey and his young master have a unique relationship, which is known only to the both of them. They share a secret, and as with all secrets, it can sometimes be burdensome. That does not stop them from enjoying happy outdoor activities in a small-town setting, where life is easygoing and relaxed. Raking leaves, snowball fights, and just plain daydreaming are what most children have been enjoying doing since time began. But then, life being what it is, young Joey's master is presented with right or wrong choices and what he needs to do to make things right. When adults read Joey, it could bring to mind bittersweet memories of a carefree childhood or perhaps serious challenges they had to face in their lifetime. This author feels that we can all learn from reading Joey and pause and reflect. One thing is certain. By the time you have finished the end of the story, Joey will leave paw prints on your heart. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Joey and Jet in Space (James Yang) - Jet! Where IS that dog? No one has seen him..not the space pilots, nor the robots, nor the multi-armed thingamabob. Maybe YOU will be the one to help Joey find him! Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Joey and Jet: Book 1 of Their Adventures (James Yang) - Joey has a dog. And a ball. And a great throwing arm. Jet has Joey. And a job to do. And do. And do. And do. They make a fine pair. If you were Joey's ball -- the one with the blue stripe -- you would keep moving among the birds, through the trees, on the water, down the hill, up the hill, across the street, between the tables, over the roofs, into a hole and out of a hole along with Jet, Joey's dog. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Joey Fly Private Eye in Creepy Crawly Crime (Aaron Reynolds) - Have you ever had one of those moments? You know—you’re trying to find a stolen diamond pencil box for your beautiful butterfly customer, your mosquito witness won’t give you any information, and your clumsy scorpion assistant has just tampered with your only bit of evidence? Joey Fly has those moments a lot. In fact, he’s probably having one right now. But that won’t stop him from solving the mystery in Creepy Crawly Crime, his fantastic first graphic novel! If you enjoy this book, follow Joey Fly in his next title Big Hairy Drama (Joey Fly, Private Eye, Book 2). Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Joey Goat (Barbara Derubertis) - From the “Let's Read Together Series”. In Joey Goat the focus is on the long vowel sound of the letter “o”. Joey Goat likes to play jokes on folks...until he learns how it feels to have a joke played on him! 32 pages. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Joey Goes to Sea (Alan Villiers) - Joey the ginger cat went to sea with Alan Villiers on the ship Joseph Conrad. He was a kitten of great personality and his story is full of humor. This new edition of a family classic will appeal to children and catlovers everywhere. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Jack Gantos) - Part of a series. "They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it -- I'm wired." Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. Joey ends up bouncing around a lot - and eventually he bounces himself all the way downown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen. In this antic yet poignant new novel, Jack Gantos has perfect pitch in capturing the humor, the off-the-wall intensity, and the serious challenges that life presents to a kid dealing with hyper-activity and related disorders. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature. Other books in the Joey Pigza series are Joey Pigza Loses Control; What Would Joey Do?; and I Am Not Joey Pigza Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Joey The Motor Home Mouse (Jack E. Tetirick) - Do you speak mouse? Well, you may want to learn after reading this tale of narrow escapes, excitement, and discovery. Joey is born an ordinary little mouse-the eighth of nine ordinary little mice-in an old barn on a dark and stormy night. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Spooky Joey and The Halloween Witch (Jan Thornton) - I saw a spooky witch on Halloween... Her face was green and looked very mean... She had a long pointed nose... Her feet had strange crooked toes... She cast a shadow over the moon... Oh my, she was flying on a broom...Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Spooky Joey and The Haunted House (Jan Thornton) - Spooky Joey is afraid of the house... He sneaks up to the door, quiet as a mouse... A bat and an ugly tree scared him away... He will have to try again another day... Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Adventures of Koko and Joey: Family (Karen Below) - The Adventures of Koko and Joey: Family is the first of a series of children's books that focus on adoption and send the message that no matter where you come from, family is those who love you. "We all have the same wonderful hearts that are full of love for one another, and that is what makes us family." Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Joey

    Famous People Named Joey

    Famous People Named Joey - Joey Bishop (b. Joseph Abraham Gottlieb, entertainer and member of the "rat pack"); Joseph "Joey" Fatone (singer/actor); Joseph "Joey" Buttafuoco (notorious criminal); Joseph "Joey" Galloway (football player); Joey Gathright (baseball player); Joey Lauren Adams (actress); Joseph "Joey" Kramer (drummer for Aerosmith); Joseph "Joey" Lawrence (actor); Joseph "Joey" Logano (racecar driver); Joseph "Joey" McIntyre (singer/actor); Joseph "Joey" Porter (football player); Joey Ramone (b. Jeffry Ross Hyman, musician with the Ramones); Joseph "Joey" Votto (baseball player); Joseph "Joey" Travolta (actor, brother of John Travolta)

  • Children of Famous People Named Joey

    Children of Famous People Named Joey

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Joey - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Joey.

  • Historic Figures

    Joey - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Joey - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Joey.

Personality of the Boy Name Joey

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Joey

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