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Zoe, Zoë or Zoey?

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BramwellHadThoughtOfEverything Wed 12-Feb-20 06:35:04

Just interested to know what people’s take on spelling preference for this name is and why? When first started thinking about I realised I thought Zoë was “correct” but now from reading not so sure, seems Zoe more usual English spelling? Also something I really like about Zoey. Tempted by all 3!

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SallyWD Wed 12-Feb-20 06:37:08

I prefer Zoe. The Zoes I know (one aged 9 and one aged 8) are spent like that.

CodenameVillanelle Wed 12-Feb-20 06:37:28

Just Zoe
The umlaut is an affectation and the Y is unnecessary and will be annoying for her forevermore

LynetteScavo Wed 12-Feb-20 06:52:06


Trahira Wed 12-Feb-20 06:52:57


hen10 Wed 12-Feb-20 06:53:44

Just Zoe. No need for the other bits and pieces.

CherryMaple Wed 12-Feb-20 06:54:14

It’s Zoë. Without the umlaut, Zoe is a one syllable word that rhymes with ‘Joe’ or ‘toe’.

Weffiepops Wed 12-Feb-20 06:54:31


scrivette Wed 12-Feb-20 06:54:38


BikeRunSki Wed 12-Feb-20 06:56:29

I agree with @CherryMaple. The umlaut is Ian indication that the o and the e should be pronounced separately.

onemachine Wed 12-Feb-20 06:58:42


CodenameVillanelle Wed 12-Feb-20 06:59:04

When the name Zoe has been commonly used for decades in the U.K. where everybody knows how it's pronounced (and most people don't know what an umlaut is for anyway) the umlaut isn't necessary.

Callingallbutterflies Wed 12-Feb-20 07:05:24

My youngest is a Zoey. She suits it and more importantly loves it, especially the Y! We have had very little issue with misspelling.

Peachbubble Wed 12-Feb-20 07:14:36


Poppydaisies Wed 12-Feb-20 07:16:01


Zoe rhymes with Toe!

Poppydaisies Wed 12-Feb-20 07:43:36

And it's not an Umlaut but a diaeresis.

Cryxmx Wed 12-Feb-20 07:47:55

Hello, I prefer Zoe I was so close to calling my daughter Zoe.

Lebkuchenlovers Wed 12-Feb-20 07:47:57

Definitely Zoë!

Otherwise Zoe is pronounced like Joe.

BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz Wed 12-Feb-20 07:48:57

I like Zoey the best.

daisypond Wed 12-Feb-20 08:00:17

Zoe. The accent is a trema, definitely not an umlaut, which may look similar but is from a different language and has a different effect on pronunciation. But it looks affected in English these days. And we no longer use it in names like Chloe either.

annielouise Wed 12-Feb-20 08:05:51

I think Zoë. That's how I've always known the name. Zoe rhymes with Joe. Zoey seems have taken off in America and the 'y' is an affectation (probably so the name can be said/read phonetically without the 'ë').

Jossina Wed 12-Feb-20 08:06:17


Whatsyourflava Wed 12-Feb-20 08:11:58

Either but not zoey - the Y ruins such a lovely name, makes it look very downmarket sorry

Pippilangstrumpfi Wed 12-Feb-20 08:29:30

Zoë is the correct spelling. And looks the nicest.

Zoey looks like an anglicisation, but at least it's pronounced easily.

Zoe looks unfinished. Unless you wan it pronounced like Toe or Joe grin

Mamabear88 Wed 12-Feb-20 08:50:39


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