Boy Names baby nameJoseph

What does the name Joseph mean?

The meaning of the name “Joseph” is: “God will Increase”.

Additional information: 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, Joey, Jo and Jo-Jo. There is also a variant of Joseph which is Josef. The feminine forms of this name are Josephina, Josefina, Josephine, Josepha 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, Yusuf or Yusif in Arabic, Ioses in Greek, Josephus or Zef in Dutch, Giuseppe in Italian and José in Spanish.

As of 2014, Joseph is the 20thmost 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.