Joey is an English pet form of the name Joel (English and German).
Joey is also an English pet form of the name Joseph (English, French, and German).
See also the related form, Joe (English and French).
Joey is a classic favorite. Currently it is still a fairly popular baby name for boys, though not to the extent it was before. The name's popularity jumped from the 1930s up to the 1960s; before that, it was of sporadic use only. At the modest peak of its usage in 1962, 0.073% of baby boys were given the name Joey. Its ranking then was #197. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity. In 2012, its usage was 0.020% and its ranking #610. Out of the group of boy names directly linked to Joey, Joseph was the most regularly used. In 2012, its use outnumbered Joey's by 31 times. In the past century Joey has predominantly been a baby boy name. In 1979, 6 times as many baby boys than girls were given the name Joey.
† Pronunciation for Joey: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Joey:
Comedian Joey Bishop, born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb, 3 February 1918 - 17 October 2007, The Bronx, New York.
Rock Musician Joey Ramone, born Jeffrey Hyman, 19 May 1951 - 15 April 2001, Queens, New York.
Speed Eater Joey Chestnut, born Joseph Christian Chestnut, 1983, Vallejo, California.