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Quick Facts on Zoe

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 31
ZOH-ee (sometimes ZOH)
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Zoe

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Zoe

Zoë is a name of Greek origin which has been used in Roman times since Late Antiquity (hence the diacritic ë from the Latin alphabet to denote the separate two-syllable sound). From the Greek, Zoe means “life.” The name was popular among early Christians as a way of showing their hopes for eternal life. The Roman Catholic Church recognizes two female Saints named Zoe from the 2nd and 3rd centuries. They were martyred for their Christian beliefs at a time when the Roman Empire still persecuted Christians (it wasn’t until 380 AD that Christianity became the official religion of Rome). While Zoe is a name of ancient origin, the English-speaking world did not adopt it until the 19th century. Today, in the 21st century, Zoe is an international darling. She’s currently ranked highest in France and Australia, but also does extremely well in the Netherlands, Hungary, Belgium, Canada, the United States, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland (not to mention she’s a Top 100 favorite in Catalonia, Spain and England). This girl’s definitely got some “life” in her!

Popularity of the Name Zoe

In America, the name Zoe has been in use for at least 120 years which is impressive considering how modern and current the name feels. That’s because the name experienced really low usage until the 1990’s. Actually, its most significant jump on the charts (over 200 positions in one calendar year) happened in 1989. Not surprisingly, the popular celebrity couple Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz named their daughter Zoë Isabella at the end of 1988. This clearly gave the name a little jump start, and it’s ridden along quietly to the top of the charts since then. 2009 marks the first year the name has made it into the Top 50. The name is darling, charming and strong at the same time – both fresh and antique. And, despite its climbing success on the popularity charts, Zoe still feels unique and different. In the “Z” name category, this is one of the loveliest choices.
Popularity of the Girl Name Zoe
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Zoe

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Zoe

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Zoe

    Zoe (Ulysses) Zoe is a minor character in James Joyce’s epic novel, “Ulysses” (first published in 1922). Yet, as a masterpiece of modern English literature, even minor characters are important in this novel. The entire nearly thousand-page story takes place over the course of a single day, 16 June 1904. One of the longest and most climactic episodes of the book (Circe) takes place in the brothel district of Dublin, Ireland. The main characters of the episode are the three prostitutes Zoe, Florry, and Kitty, and the "whoremistress," Bella Cohen. The chapter is meant to parallel Homer's “Odysseus” which describes Circe - an enchantress who turns men to swine with her magic. In Homer’s epic, the god Hermes gives Odysseus an herb called moly, which allows him to resist Circe's magic and reclaim the men under her spell. In Joyce’s rendition of the story, Zoe Higgins is one of the central prostitutes in Bella Cohen’s brothel. She is outgoing and adept at flirtation and teasing – thus representing one of the enchantresses from whom Leopold Bloom must rescue Stephen Dedalus.

  • Popular Songs on Zoe

    Popular Songs on Zoe

    Flowers for Zoe - a song by Lenny Kravitz

    Hey Little Zoe - a song by Mario-Andre [explicit]

    Zoë - a jazz instrumental by the Eric Muhler Trio

    Zoe Jane - a song by Staind

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Zoe

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Zoe

    A Ghost Story (Pam Conrad) - Zoe befriends a ghost, Zoe Louise, when she moves in with her grandparents. Zoe Louise is a girl who lived over 100 years ago. As Zoe grows older, she discovers more about the tragic incident that killed Zoe Louise and journeys back in the past to try to help her. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Balloon Toons: Zoe and Robot, Let's Pretend (Ryan Sias) - A young girl tries to teach her robot how to pretend, but how do you use your imagination when you're a robot? Sias's vivid cartoons lend wit and warmth to a funny friendship. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe's and Evan's Coping Guide for Kids (Zoe Stern) - Zoe and Evan Stern know firsthand how it feels when your parents divorce. When their parents split they knew their lives would change but they didn't know how. A few years later, when they were 15 and 13 years old, they decided to share their experience in this positive and practical guide for kids. With some help from their mom, Zoe and Evan write about topics like guilt, anger, fear, adjusting to different rules in different houses, dealing with special occasions like birthdays, adapting to stepparents and blended families, and much more. Including updates from grown-up Zoe and Evan 10 years later, this honest guide will reassure children of divorce that, though it may seem it sometimes, it's not the end of the world. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire (Gordan Korman) - Zoe is always making up wild stories. When something exciting really does happen to her--like an eagle nesting in her backyard--no one wants to believe her! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    My Name is Zoe (Sesame Street) - Meet Zoe the Sesame Street character! Recommended for ages Baby-Preschool.

    Saving Zoe: A Novel (Alyson Noel) - Meet fifteen-year-old Echo, a typical teen trying to survive high school without being totally traumatized by boy trouble, friend drama, and school issues. As if she didn't have enough on her plate, Echo is also still dealing with the murder of her sister Zoë. Although it's been over a year, Echo is still reeling from tragedy that changed everything. Beautiful and full of life, Zoë was the glue that held her family together, and although the two sisters were as different as night and day, they still had a bond that Echo can't let go of. When Zoë's old boyfriend Marc shows up one day with Zoë's diary, Echo doesn't think there's anything in there she doesn't already know. But as she gives in to curiosity and starts reading, she learns that her sister led a secret life that no one could have guessed--not even Echo. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Solving Zoe (Barbara Dee) - Zoe Bennett feels lost at her fancy private school. She's not the star drama queen like her sister, or a brainiac math genius like her brother. Luckily her best friend, Dara, is just as content as Zoe is to stay in the shadows -- or is she? When Dara gets a part in the school musical, Zoe feels abandoned. What's worse, Zoe's practically being stalked by the weird new kid, Lucas. Then Lucas accidentally drops his notebook and Zoe finds it's written in symbols and numbers -- it's complete gibberish. Yet she sees her name in there, plain as day. Now Lucas is telling her she's a natural code-reading genius -- or some kind of mental freak. As Zoe's daydreaming lands her in trouble at school, anonymous notes start to appear in students' lockers, and Zoe is the number one suspect. Solving word puzzles may come easily to her, but now there's more at stake -- will Zoe be able to solve her way out of this? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School (Laurie Halse Anderson) - Mom and Dad Fleefenbacher think their daughter Zoe's hair is wild and beautiful. And for her kindergarten teacher, Zoe's vivacious tresses were a comfort. But Zoe's about to start first grade, and her new teacher doesn't fool around. "School has rules," she says. "No wild hair in my class!" Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Zoe & Her Zebra (Stella Blackstone) - Tactile felt creations transform this standard alphabet book format into an exotic blend of colors, creatures, and children's names. Every letter, shown in uppercase and lowercase, appears in a child's name and is also the beginning of the name of the creature chasing him or her. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Zoe and her Zany Animals (Marjorie Dumortier) - Zoe is a French girl on her first trip to the jungle, where she comes upon a range of strange animals. The zany animals she meets are based on fact. The zedonk, the liger, the beefalo, the geep, the dogote, the cama, the wolphin, the zorse, the pumpard, and the humanzee really do exist. A colorful collection of hybrid animals. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Zoe Rising (Pam Conrad) - No ordinary summer. . . It's been years since Zoe has felt the eerie pull of the spirit world, and sensed the need to travel into the past. But now, during the summer of her fourteenth year, those feelings have returned — and they're too strong for Zoe to resist. Without warning, Zoe finds herself transported from summer camp to the island that she and her grandparents call home. But her grandparents seem younger than Zoe ever remembered, and the little girl that's with them is someone Zoe doesn't recognize — at first. Then she makes a startling realization that she's witnessing her own mother's childhood — and that it contains a horrible secret. Can Zoe save her mother from the impending danger? Or will she be trapped in the past forever? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Zoe Sophia's Scrapbook: An Adventure in Venice (Claudia Mauner) - Adventurous Zoe Sophia and her dog, Mickey, embark on a whirlwind trip to Venice to visit her great aunt Dorothy Pomander. During her stay, Zoe Sophia sees the sites, explores the city and bonds with her wonderful, quirky aunt. Featuring fun, vibrant watercolor illustrations, this engaging scrapbook captures the landscape of Venice and the importance of loving relationships. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Zoe the Misfit (Ellen Dee Davidson) - Zoe feels out of place, she's a green triangle in a world of red circles. The circles won't play with her because she is different and can't fit in with their rules. She's not round, she can't roll like they can and she s not red. Zoe tries to fit in, but try as she may she can't seem to roll, turn herself red or change her shape. This fun story for kids helps them develop an appreciation for peoples’ differences and helps children with self-esteem, confidence, overcoming fears, and learning to find value in themselves and their own abilities. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Zoe the Skating Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - It's an exciting time in Fairyland. Everyone is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics! But Jack Frost's goblins have stolen the Sports Fairies' magic objects. Now they're threatening to take over the whole competition! Rachel and Kirsty are excited to go roller skating in the park --- but so are the goblins! The girls are determined to roll away with Zoe's magic shoelace. Find the enchanted object in each book, and help keep the Fairyland Olympics magical! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Zoe the Zookeeper (Daniel Prince) - Zoe the zookeeper is ready for another fun day at work - but why is everybody leaving the zoo? Help Zoe solve the puzzle, and meet the lions, elephants, kangaroos, sea lions and monkeys along the way! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Zoe's Day with Daddy (Sesame Street) - The Sesame Street character Zoe spends a day with Daddy. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Zoe's Hats (Sharon Lane Holm) - Zoe loves hats - floppy hats, flowery hats, and downright funny hats. Some hats look wonderful on her, while others...well, even Zoe has her doubts. But there's no doubt that young children will share Zoe's enthusiasm for dressing up. Sharon Lane Holm's lively book introduces children to colors and patterns with bold illustrations and a simple, rhythmic text. Recommended for ages 3-8.

  • Famous People Named Zoe

    Famous People Named Zoe

    Famous People Named Zoe - Zoe Saldana (actress); Zoe Caldwell (actress); Zoe Gillings (Olympic snowboarder); Zoe Mclellan (actress); Zoe Myers (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Zoe

    Children of Famous People Named Zoe

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Zoe - Aaron Lewis (musician); Amanda Bearce (actress); Bobby Dall (musician); Darcey Bussell (ballerina); Emmanuel Petit (soccer player); Gena Rowlands (actress); Henry Winkler (actor); John Cassavettes (actor); Katherine Kelly Lang (actress); Laurie Metcalf (actress); Lea Thompson (actress); Lenny Kravitz (musician); Lisa Bonet (actress); Melina Kanakaredes (actress); Paul Michael Glaser (actor); Rosanna Arquette (actress); Samuel L. Jackson (actor); Woody Harrelson (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Zoe - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Saint Zoë of Rome (3rd Century) - Zoë was a Roman noblewoman, married to a high court official of the then-pagan Roman Empire (Christianity was outlawed and punishable by death). However, Zoë converted to Christianity and became deeply devoted to St. Peter. One day while praying at Peter’s tomb, Zoë’s criminal secret was revealed. She was promptly apprehended and jailed for her impropriety, and given a rather harsh sentence (even by 3rd century standards). Zoë was to meet one of the cruelest deaths under the Emperor Diocletian. She was hung from a tree by her hair and then lit on fire at her feet. She was martyred c. 286 A.D. on July 5, her Feast Day.

Personality of the Girl Name Zoe

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 - Zoe

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