(104 Posts)
Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 12:30:00

Just met a little girl and nursery called zooey, not Zoe, Zooey pronounced ZooE what do you think to this name? I quite like it!

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 12:30:20

At nursery not and!

Naicecuppatea Wed 15-Jan-14 12:32:02

Don't like it sorry, or even Zoe, think it will constantly get mispronounced and sounds a bit too much like zoo.

Like Zooey. Much prefer it to Zoe.

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 12:35:23

Yeah i don't like Zoe at all but really like Zooey they look similar on paper but sound quite different i think.

loisismyhero Wed 15-Jan-14 12:35:29

Franny and Zooey is one of my favourite books. I've always liked the name.

SparklingMuppet Wed 15-Jan-14 12:50:36

My personal opinion is that it is ridiculous. Zooey Deschanel's parent's have a lot to answer for.

squoosh Wed 15-Jan-14 13:25:22

Zooey is pronounced Zoe.

Poor kid.

Zooey is not pronounced Zoo-ey though. It's pronounced the same as Zoe.

I don't like it either way.

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 13:36:18

How would you spell Zooey to be pronounced Zooey? I would of thought due to the actress ppl would read it ZooE when spelt zooey? I definitely would.

florascotia Wed 15-Jan-14 13:39:11

In Salingers' story Zooey is MALE - a young man. And it's a nickname.
His real name is Zachary Martin Glass.

squoosh Wed 15-Jan-14 13:39:35

No, I assumed most people would just think Zooey was an alternate spelling of Zoe.

The only way I'd think it was pronounced Zoo-E, would be if it was spelt Zoo-E, and I wouldn't recommend that!

Zooey Deschanel's first name is pronounced Zoe.

Zooey pronounced Zoo-ey is an incorrect pronunciation. I probably would have researched it before using it.

FaerieBells Wed 15-Jan-14 13:42:37

Zuey would do it. Like chop suey. Or Huey Lewis and the News.

'Zooey' just looks like 'I have named my baby after a famous actress because I have no imagination'.

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 14:03:52

Ok so Zooey dechanel is pronounced Zoë but is spelt like Zooey from the salinger book which as he is a man im guessing isnt supposed to be pronounced as Zoë so surely spelt like Zooey can be pronounced as zooE? Confused!

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 14:12:11

Don't agree it says that person has no imagination just because someone famous has that name. There are many famous actresses and actors out there that doesn't mean if you name your child the same your lacking imagination, just the same as if you name your child the same as someone from a piece of literature ect You could argue from that, that unless you make up your own name from thin air you lack imagination? Popular names like sophie and olivia hardly require parents to have an active imagination do they?

squoosh Wed 15-Jan-14 14:12:35

In the book I assume Salinger imagines Zooey to be pronounced Zoo-E, but as already mentioned it isn't the (male) character's actual name. And every other Zooey has been a Zoe.

Honestly, your plans sound like they'll be a major headache for your daughter.

gruffalosfriend Wed 15-Jan-14 14:14:59

There's a little boy called Zooey at Cubs and he pronounces it Zoo-ey.

Salinger never confirmed the pronunciation but his publisher has said that the male character was pronounced Zoe as well.

The pronunciation Zoo-ey is not nice, sounds daft and has no basis in literature or reality.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 15-Jan-14 14:44:19

Every time I come across a mention of that actress I think 'ridiculous name'.

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 16:45:36

Me and DH both like it; if we use it we will spell it Zuey as I've found a few ppl on the internet who spell it that way to avoid confusion. I personally would love to have a completely unique name, after all you could have a totally normal name, you'll still get stick for something thats life and people are ignorant sad but true.

Zuey is utterly woeful but it's your prerogative to burden your child with whichever made up name you see fit. More's the pity.

Zoe is lovely. Zoo-ee (which I always think in my head when I see that absurd spelling) is utterly ridiculous.

Zuey?? What fresh hell is that?

HyvaPaiva Wed 15-Jan-14 16:53:48

Zuey?? What fresh hell is that?


squoosh Wed 15-Jan-14 16:58:35

Chop Zuey from the list. wink

grin squoosh

weebleswillwobble Wed 15-Jan-14 16:59:27

What about Zuri instead?

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 17:09:58

My god, its only because people are ignorant and utterly rude that my child would ever feel 'burdened' by her name as ignorant ppl raise further ignorance. Its tragic that a name causes ppl to be so nasty.

Look, you can call her Zooooooo-eeeeeee and spell it Dave for all I give a toss but a) don't come on here and ask for opinions and b) making up a thoroughly ridiculous spelling makes you look like a bit of a tit. Now if you don't care if you look like a tit then go for it. Not my kid.

SparklingMuppet Wed 15-Jan-14 17:44:23

^^ This.

CalamityKate Wed 15-Jan-14 17:48:57

It's a stupid name.

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 17:56:33

I asked for opinions not to be burnt at the stake for liking a name, your calling me abusive names because i like a certain name that you personally find laughable i think that says WAY more about you than me, bless.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 15-Jan-14 17:56:39

Why did you ask for opinions if you don't want to hear them?

Rhubarbgarden Wed 15-Jan-14 17:57:01

X post.


You are an adult. An adult whose responsibility it is to give your child a good name. It doesn't have to be safe or predictable but it also shouldn't be a made-up jumble of letters that you have just plucked from obscurity.

You are prioritising your own silly ideas over giving your kid a decent name.

Which is a bit sad really. Bless.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 15-Jan-14 18:00:01

Where have you been called abusive names?

I suspect it was me calling her a tit... <awaits deletion>

Rhubarbgarden Wed 15-Jan-14 18:06:26

If "makes you look a bit of a tit" qualifies as abusive names and burning at the stake, then blimey, you're a delicate flower aren't you? I'd stick with safe names that people won't laugh at if I were you.

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 18:09:12

Again i asked for opinions not abuse. Sorry bunny who do you think you are to say what a decent name is? How self righteous. Anyway this is going no where but into an ongoing thread of vicious messages, i am sorry that my name has offended you all to such a degree i will not ask for opinions in the future.

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 18:15:08

And yes i am sensitive must be the pregnancy hormones

TheNightIsDark Wed 15-Jan-14 18:18:16

It rhymes with gooey. and is ridiculous

SparklingMuppet Wed 15-Jan-14 18:21:30

Vicious my arse! You are quite clearly capable of handling yourself and being every bit as spiky as other posters, OP.

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 18:25:53

When cornered, not because i don't approve of a name. And the vicious was to include my own out of line posts.

Frontdoorstep Wed 15-Jan-14 18:28:23

I like Zoe for a name, I would have just pronounced Zooey as Zoe. I've never heard of the actress or the book. Ii'm not so keen on the spelling Zuey, if you want the pronunciation Zoo-e, just go for Zooey and people will get it once you've told them.

pictish Wed 15-Jan-14 18:35:25

I knew a Zooey (pronounced zoo-ee) at school. A boy though...so I think of it as a boy's name.

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 18:35:39

Thanks frontdoorstep i do prefer the spelling Zooey, me and DH are trying to find names to go with bumps 22 month old sister Tilly and its not proving easy to find one we agree on but we both like Zooey and Lyla.

TheNightIsDark Wed 15-Jan-14 18:37:03

Lyla is lovely. Zuey would be wondering her entire life why she got the novelty name. It also autocorrects to suet.

pictish Wed 15-Jan-14 18:41:12

It also autocorrects to suet grin

pictish Wed 15-Jan-14 18:41:34

I prefer Zooey to Lyla tbh.

SparklingMuppet Wed 15-Jan-14 18:42:18

Suet - now there's an idea... grin

Not convinced by any name which rhymes with poo-ey.

DS1 would have a field day

Bluestocking Wed 15-Jan-14 18:48:38

Suet is nice, but it's a boy's name. The female version is Suette. HTH. LOL.

mashyup Wed 15-Jan-14 18:49:14

I think Zooey is lovely, and I thought it was pronounced zoo-ee and I think of it as a girls name and its much nicer than Zoe so go for it. My teacher friend had a girl in her class cslled Sian, when she called her name out for the register as 'sharn' the girl said"no, it's seeyan' miss'.

FaerieBells Wed 15-Jan-14 18:49:27

Ahem, even though OP responded very negatively to my post, I am glad that she picked up on my Zuey suggestion.

OP, I fully expect you to invite me to be godmother to poor little Baby Zuey.

God knows she'll need someone sane to rely on.

Cannot believe that people get this uppity about a name. Come the fuck on, people. By all means say you dont like it or prefer an alternative spellibg but seriously....the vitrol on this thread is shameful.

And compared to some of the clap trap on here, Zooey is positively Biblical.

FaerieBells Wed 15-Jan-14 18:51:07

Pity it's not triplets. You could have Hughie, Dewey and Louie.

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 18:55:25

Thank you mashup and mynameiskenadams, thats all i expected was 'no i dont like it' or something along those lines if the poster didn't like the name. I know im being over sensitive and ridiculous but ive found this thread really upsetting.

Tibby dont fret. Theres someone on another board considering Ptolemy.


HaroldLloyd Wed 15-Jan-14 19:00:13

I'm not a fan OP I prefer Lyla, as well I think it sounds nicer with Tilly.

Don't take it personally, baby names on mumsnet is worse than the outside if ritzys on a Saturday night.

HaroldLloyd Wed 15-Jan-14 19:01:14

How about Alice.

It's my favourite name today.

Santasaysno Wed 15-Jan-14 19:04:10

I think gooey when I look at it

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 19:05:31

My best friend is called alice smile i prefer the quirkier (apparantly absurd names) smile

I like quirky names. My list (dd is one of these names) is


Haha and her MN is Alice grin

HaroldLloyd Wed 15-Jan-14 19:09:07

My friend is Tess, in school she got called Tess-tube. grin

Southeastdweller Wed 15-Jan-14 19:09:13

It's pretentious and may even cause bullying. Zoe is much nicer - classic but a bit unusual and not too common.

HaroldLloyd Wed 15-Jan-14 19:10:03

Stella? I love that name but DP has a rep for liking a pint and I do not want anyone thinking I named a child after his favourite drink.

HaroldLloyd Wed 15-Jan-14 19:10:29

Lovely names ken.

Lyla is beautiful and goes nicely with Tilly (which is also lovely).

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 19:18:15

I like all those names Ken there really pretty ill put them forward to DH thanks. We love Willa but doesn't go with Tilly. DH is a big fan of flora too

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 19:20:10

Like stella too but again have a friend with that name :/

Bluestocking Wed 15-Jan-14 19:23:21

Now Flora is really lovely, OP.

The Tilly I know of has a sister Flora.

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 19:25:01

Faerie bells it may yet be triplets my scan is nxt week. Hughie, dewey, louie and zooey would require 4 babies, here's hoping hay! Then you can be god parent 4 times over!

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 19:26:03

Flora may grow on me, theres plenty of time yet! X

I don't think you can go too outlandish after having had a Tilly. People will think you temporarily took leave of your senses and the poor child will wonder why she got the far-out name and her sister the more normal one. (believe it or not, these things matter to children, dsis and I both grew up in a different country to the one we were born and named in and we constantly fibbed about our names to make them 'fit in')
Now Flora, is lovely. Or what about Fleur?

Tibby2 Wed 15-Jan-14 19:37:52

The only thing that put me off flora is its what they call the bacteria that grows in your gut :/ im mot a huge fan of fleur, don't know why just not. Thank you for suggestion though

TwittyMcTwitterson Wed 15-Jan-14 19:51:17

I like Zooey. Always thought the actress was zoo-eeee. It's much better than zuey because that looks like a boys spelling to me. My name is spelt annoyingly (Aimee) I like that as soon as I text someone they know it's me straight away but everyone spells it Amiee which frankly pisses me off. It's clearly aim eeeee. My poor unfortunate daughter also has an annoying spelling because my DP (sometimes known as her idiot father) thought I wanted to name her after a Pokemon (eevee) but was clever enough to realise it didn't need 4Es when he got his large tattoo of her name. Therefore, she had to be spelt that way. Again, it sets her apart from all the Evie's out there.

Originally DP wanted Lilla. Said like Lilly with an a but I was so fed up of ppl thinking Lyla and everyone pulling disapproving faces I pushed for Evee.

He gets to name the next one...confused

BabyMummy29 Wed 15-Jan-14 19:57:29

To me it just looks and sounds like somebody who has misspelt Zoe

HaroldLloyd Wed 15-Jan-14 20:05:15

Flora is nice, goes well with Tilly. They are both more unusual yet classic older names.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 15-Jan-14 21:41:17

Zooey is ridiculous, in my opinion.

southerngirl25599 Wed 15-Jan-14 22:34:25

I really like the name Zooey and I don't mind Zuey but I prefer Zooey.

JapaneseMargaret Thu 16-Jan-14 08:14:55

This thread is comedy gold. grin

Astarael Thu 16-Jan-14 08:30:19

OP I knew two sisters called Tilly and Lilah. I think they go really well together. They are actuallyMatilda and Delilah but mostly known by the shortenings.

Go on! Do it. Then watch em change it at 18......

It's as bad as Soo for Sue. Ridiculous.

Soo didn't do Sooty's girlfriend any harm grin

LondonNinja Thu 16-Jan-14 11:36:21

Nah. Don't like.

Theonlyoneiknow Thu 16-Jan-14 11:42:54

tibby2 people can be VERY RUDE on babynames. Worse than AIBU sometimes. Try not to get upset

ElizabethBathory Thu 16-Jan-14 14:44:14

Even though I know Zooey Deschanel's name is pronounced Zoe I always say Zoo-ey in my head because it's far more interesting smile OP, if you want to call your child Zooey and pronounce it Zoo-ey, you can! I reckon a lot of people would ask whether it's pronounced Zoe or Zooey rather than assuming one or the other, and once they know, they know. Zuey doesn't look half as pretty, somehow.

Tibby2 Thu 16-Jan-14 16:56:08

Thank you for the positive opinions there seem to be quite a few in favour! smile

I did not think Flora was the name for gut bacteria? Flora means native plant species, think flora and fauna?
The goddess Flora was goddess of the flowers?

I would never ever have associated Flora with gut bacteria...

yoyomum2013 Thu 23-Jan-14 12:57:26

How about Hattie or Lottie ?

SirChenjin Thu 23-Jan-14 13:02:22

It sounds like you are a massive fan of the highly irritating actress Zooey Deschanel

mathanxiety Thu 23-Jan-14 16:08:51

I agree if you've used the exact spelling of a famous actress or singer or whatever, then it looks as if you just copied and the only reasons to just copy would be lack of imagination or ardent devotion to the celebrity.

I also think, as spelled, it looks like the way pigs are called in hog calling contests at state fairs in the US 'Suuuuuuuuuuuuuey'

moggle Thu 23-Jan-14 16:55:59

Can I admit I read Catcher in the Rye and never realised Zooey was male until this thread... oops...

moggle Thu 23-Jan-14 16:59:44

You could combine the two and call her 'ZoFlora'...
(joke by the way, I think that is a disinfectant ...)
I don't like Zooey, prefer Zoey if you don't like Zoe, but obvs Zoey really has to be pronounced same as Zoe. The other problem with Zoe in general is that there is a Renault car called Zoe now.... probably won't be an issue but who knows!
I think this is the most use my Z key has ever had.

softlysoftly Thu 23-Jan-14 17:17:03

I don't like Zooey, it sounds made up, but you should totally prioritise the poster who added random "eees" to their child's name above my feedback.

Seriously, Pokemon, tattoos? Was that a real post?

Anyway I like Lyla and it goes perfectly with Tilly, also a beautiful name. Neither of which we can use as our surname makes every first name sound like a disease sad

Please please don't use Willa, not because I don't like the name (it's ok) but because at some point you will be tired / stressed enough to jumble Tilly and Willa and will call loudly across the park "Come HERE Willy and Tilla!"

I think you should use Eliza, just because we can't and it's beautiful.

TwittyMcTwitterson Thu 23-Jan-14 21:19:48

Yes it was a real post and that's why men shouldn't be trusted to name babies! He never knew an Evie and spelt it as he thought best. He also thought it was nice that both our names ended EE.

KareKare Thu 23-Jan-14 21:24:59

Zuey?? What fresh hell is that?


Auntierosemary Thu 23-Jan-14 21:41:26

I like Zooey, and I prefer it pronounced "zuey" like "chop suey" as someone else said. That's how I always said it in my head when I read Franny and Zooey. Who says a baby girl can't be named after a male character in a book? And who says there's only one way to pronounce any name? Go for it.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Fri 24-Jan-14 06:01:14

OP you are a good sport. Hope you're not too upset. My kids' names have been variously described here as boring, Americanised and drippy. I might start calling them that actually, Drippy would really suit ds2 at the mo, as he has a rotten cold.

Anyway I digress. My bessie is called Zoë, and I love it. Not keen on Zooey, just reminds me of Gooey or Fluey.

My face girls name for ds2 was Hetty, which I think goes nicely with Tilly.

HellsGranny Fri 24-Jan-14 07:18:24

I don't like Zooey mainly because I'm intensely irritated by Zooey Deschanel.

As someone who spent many years having to spell my surname, for the love of all things holy, please don't call your child Zuey. Just think of how many times you have to give your name, now imagine having to say 'no not Zooey, Z-U-E-Y' every time. Your daughter won't thank you for it.

Auntierosemary Tue 28-Jan-14 20:21:00

Even people with ordinary names often have to spell them out - claire/Clare, Ann/Anne, Vicky/Vicki etc. so I wouldn't can't that as a reason to discount Zooey.

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