How is Zooey pronounced?

Zooey Deschanel, an American actress and singer named after the Salinger novel. (She pronounces it as “Zoë.”)


Pronunciation /ˈzoʊi/ ZOH-ee, /ˈzuːi/ ZOO-ee
Gender Both
Language(s) 1. Hebrew 2. Greek
Derivation 1. Zechariah 2. Zoe

How do you pronounce Zooey from Franny and Zooey?

Why is Zooey Deschanel spelled like that?

Zooey Deschanel

As if her first name wasn’t deceiving enough, “Deschanel” is supposedly pronounced “Day-shuh-NELL” with a greater emphasis on the last syllable.

Is Zooey a male name?

The name Zooey is a boy’s name. The original Zooey, hero of J.D. Salinger’s Franny & Zooey, was male, but nowadays the name is more closely associated with actress/singer Zooey Deschanel.