Cory is a common unisex baby name. As a boy’s name it means “from the hollow” or “multitudes”. As a girl’s name it means “good, honest, virtuous” or “maiden”. Cory was at peak popularity for both genders in the 1970’s and 1980’s but has since fallen in popularity.

Meaning of the name Cory:

Irish: from the hollow
Gaelic: good, honest, virtuous
Scandinavian: multitudes
Greek: maiden

Origin of the name Cory:

Cory is a unisex baby name of many different origins. As a boy’s name Cory comes from Irish (meaning “from the hollow”) and the Scandinavian and Old Norse name Kori (meaning “multitudes”). As a girl’s name Cory is derived from the Greek name Kore (meaning “maiden”) and the Gaelic name Cora (meaning “good, honest, virtuous”).

Symbolism of the name Cory:

Cory is associated with hollows, which are small clearings in wooded areas. Hollows are often teeming with unique flora and fauna.

Style of the name Cory:


Gender of the name Cory:

Cory is a gender-neutral name — it's great for both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Cory:


Number of syllables in the name Cory:


Emotion evoked from the name Cory:

Cory evokes feelings of ingenuity and charm.

Alternative spellings for the name Cory:

Corey, Coire, Corie, Corrie, Correy, Cori, Kory, Khouri, Kori, Korie

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Popularity of the name Cory:

According to the Social Security Administration, Cory is a popular unisex baby name. As a boy’s name Cory has been popular since 1951 and was in the top 100 names between 1975 and 1993. As a girl’s name Cory was popular between 1972 and 1990, peaking at #604 in 1978.

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Great middle names for the name Cory and their meanings:


  • James (supplanter)
  • Dane (from Denmark)
  • Lars (crowned with laurel)
  • Ivan (god is gracious)


Famous people with the name Cory:

  • Cory Lee (Canadian singer and actress)
  • Cory Kahaney (American comedienne)
  • Cory Efram Doctorow (Canadian-British novelist)
  • Cory McKay aka Cormega (American rapper)
  • Cory Hardrict (American actor)

Cory in popular culture:

  • Cory Matthews (television, “Boy Meets World”)
  • Cory Baxter (television, “Cory in the House”)
  • Cory Isaacson (television, “Me Him Her”)
  • Cory Bridges (television, “Criminal Minds”)