What does the name Joseph mean?The meaning of the name “Joseph” is:
“God will Increase”.
This is a male name and it is pronounced as / JOH-zif /. It means “he will add”.The name “Joseph” originates directly from the Latin “Ioseph
,” which is derived from the Hebrew name “Yosef
.” This name belongs to two major figures in the Bible among others, the eleventh son of Jacob, and the husband of the Virgin Mary in the New Testament. The first Joseph famously had a multi-colored coat and was sent away by his brothers, only to become friends to the Egyptian pharoh. Joseph of Arimathea donated his own tomb for the burial of Jesus.
There are several nicknames that are given to people with this name and they include Joe
. There is also a variant of Joseph which is Josef
. The feminine forms of this name are Josephina, Josefina, Josephine
and Josette. Joseph has strong biblical roots in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Although it was mostly a Jewish name in the Middle Ages, the name spread through appreciation for Saint Joseph. It has now become so popular in English-speaking countries that everyone wants to be a “regular Joe
,” meaning just a normal person. It has, however, been declining some in popularity, replaced by more trendy names. In 2003, the name “Joseph” was ranked at 7th place in the United States, but by 2014 it had fallen to 20th place. Joseph was the 11th most popular boy's name in the US in 2006, and the 12th most popular in the UK.
There are several ways in which this name is spelt in various parts of the world. These ways include Yousef
or Yusif in Arabic, Ioses in Greek, Josephus or Zef
in Dutch, Giuseppe
in Italian and José
As of 2014, Joseph is the 20th
most popular name in the United States. In Canada, it ranks number 32, and number 19 in the United Kingdom. Some of the popular celebrities who are referred by this name are Joseph Gordon who is an American actor, Joseph Stalin(Soviet dictator), Joseph “Joe” Biden, American vice-president, Joseph “Joey” Chestnut, American competitive eater, Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, Joseph “Joe” Rogan, American comedian and Joseph “Joey” Fatone, American singer.
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Considering Joseph as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Joseph for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Joseph is a boy name.
The name Joseph is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially Dutch speaking countries, English speaking countries, French speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Joseph we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Joseph Name Meaning
The meaning of Joseph is “God will Increase”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Joseph and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Joseph and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Joseph is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Joseph Categories
The name Joseph is in the following categories: American Names, Australian Names, Biblical Names, British Names, Canadian Names, Christian Names, English Names, French Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Joseph. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Joseph, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Joseph
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Joseph displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Joseph Boy Name Popularity Chart
Joseph Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note: The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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