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Corey is a longstanding favorite among baby names for boys. Deeply rooted in Celtic tradition, this name also has a notable role in popular culture. Corey Baker was a main character the iconic television show Julia, and Corey Woods is an important character in the movie The Wizard. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning of the Name Corey

Corey derives from the Gaelic word coire (meaning “hollow,” “cauldron,” or “seething pool”). It was a topographical surname that referred to someone who lived near a cavernous landscape. Alternatively, Corey can also derive from the Old Norse name Kóri (interpreted to mean “curly haired”).

Corey is an Irish Gaelic name that means “cauldron” or “hollow.” It referred to a person who lived near a basin-shaped landscape. Such landscapes served an important purpose in ancient Celtic religion and were often the sites of mass gatherings and rituals. In Irish mythology, cauldron landscapes symbolized rebirth, hearth, wellness, and abundance.

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Nicknames for Corey

The name Corey evokes feelings of companionship and charisma. If you're looking to find a fun nickname for Corey, we've compiled a list below of options to help get you inspired. However, if none of the names below seem to be a good fit, feel free to come up with your own!

  • Corie
  • Cori
  • Rey
  • Core
  • ReeRee
  • Ora 
  • CoCo

Corey Name Details

Style: Traditional

Gender: Neutral

Pronunciation: CORE-ee

Syllables: Two

Alternative Spelling for Corey

Corey Name Popularity

According to the Social Security Administration index, Corey was the 525th most popular baby name for boys in 2020.

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Great Middle Names for Corey and Their Meanings

  • Ayden (little fire)
  • Benedict (blessed)
  • Chandler (candle maker)
  • Cruise (brave, fierce, cross, crucifix)
  • David (beloved)
  • Edgar (wealthy warrior)
  • James (supplanter)
  • Laramie (grove, canopy, arbor)
  • Nathan (gift)
  • Truman (trusty man, loyal one)

Famous People Named Corey

  • Corey James Anderson (cricketer)
  • Corey King Beaulieu (guitarist)
  • Corey Dwight Benjamin (basketball player)
  • Corey Scott Feldman (actor)
  • Corey Yasuto Gaines (basketball player)
  • Corey Ian Haim (actor)
  • Corey Mitchell Hart (singer)
  • Corey Allen Pavin (golfer)
  • Corey Michael Potter (ice hockey player)
  • Corey Todd Taylor (singer)
  • Corey Baker (character in the television show Julia)
  • Corey Woods (character in the movie The Wizard)
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