Corey - Meaning of Corey
[ 2 syll. co-rey, cor-ey ] The baby boy name Corey is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is KAOR-iy- †. Corey is used chiefly in the English language, and its origin is Old Norse and Old French. Old Norse origin: It is literally from the word 'corey' meaning ravine. The name is of debated origin; it could be from the English surname Corey, derived from the personal name Kori (Old Norse), or else it could be from Corbin. It is common among Afro-Americans. The name's popularity was given a boost by the fictional Corey Baker on the American TV series Julia (1968-1971).
Corey is a variant of the name Corbin (English).
Corey has 23 variants. Variants include Core, Corea, Coreonte, Cori, Corian, Corio, Correa, Corree, Corri, Corrie, Corry (used in Latin too), Kori, Korie, Korrey, Korri, and Korry. Other English forms include the short form Cor (used in Dutch too), and the variant spellings Coree, Corie, Correy, Cory (used in Latin too), Korey, and Kory.
See also the related form, Jacorey.
Corey is a fairly popular baby name for boys. At the modest peak of its usage in 1989, 0.383% of baby boys were given the name Corey. It ranked at #55 then. The baby name has since suffered a steep loss in popularity, and it is used on a very light scale in recent years. In 2012, its usage was only 0.043% and its ranking #351. Out of the group of boy names directly linked to Corey, Corbin was the most regularly used. In 2012, it was used 85% more than Corey. In the past century Corey has mostly been a baby boy name. In 1995, the name Corey was given to 23 times as many baby boys than girls.
† Pronunciation for Corey: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"