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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Zooey

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  • A user from CuraƧao says the name Zooey is of English origin and means "A life giving women, alive".
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International Interest
  1. A female given name, a variant of Zoë.

Notable Persons Named Zooey

Zooey Deschanel is an actress, singer-songwriter, producer, and model. She was most active from 1998 to present. Zooey was given the name Zooey Claire Deschanel by her parents Caleb Deschanel and Mary Jo Deschanel on January 17th, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


How popular is the baby name Zooey in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
2003 6 6 0
2004 6 6 0
2006 8 8 0
2007 10 10 0
2008 16 16 0
2009 54 54 0
2010 101 101 0
2011 108 108 0
2012 193 193 0
2013 138 138 0
2014 108 108 0
2015 79 79 0
2016 59 59 0
2017 51 51 0
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Zooey

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Zooey as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Zooey

  • How Popular is the name Zooey? Zooey is the 11,001st most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Zooey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 937 babies born with the first name Zooey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Zooey to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Zooey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2003 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Zooey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Zooey was in 2012 with a total of 193 babies.
  • Random Zooey Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Zooey is not a popular baby girl's name in Michigan. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Zooey: Your name in reverse order is Yeooz. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ozyoe. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Zooey born Aug 6, 1993

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Arctic approximately on 1500. Your profession was dramatist, director, musician, and bard.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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