Zoe

Zoe is a Greek female name meaning “life”. It was used as a calque of Eve by Jews (a calque being a loan translation of a word or phrase that means the same thing in another language), as well as being the name of several figures in the Ancient world such as the Byzantine empress Zoe Porphyrogenita (purple-born), as well as another Byzantine princess (whose name was later changed to Sophia) who married Ivan III, Grand Prince of Moscow, and was the grandmother of Ivan the Terrible, who became the first tsar of Russia.

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Zoë (Dutch, English)
  • Zoé (French)
  • Zoey (English)
  • Zoie (English)
  • Zowie (English)
  • Zoja (Macedonian, Polish)
  • Zoya (Russian, Ukrainian)
  • Zoa (English, Spanish)

 

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