Boy Names baby nameJoshua

What does the name Joshua mean?

The meaning of the name “Joshua” is: “God rescues; Jehovah Saves”.

Additional information: Joshua is a masculine Hebrew name that means ‘God is Salvation’. It came from the Hebrew given name ‘יהושע’ (Yehoshua), which was an alternative spelling of יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshua). If Yeshua is translated into Greek (Iesous) and then into Latin (Iesus), you get the English ‘Jesus’. In the Old Testament, Joshua was appointed by God to lead the Israelites after Moses' death. Joshua is still a popular Jewish name, as Joshua succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites. Names similar to Joshua are the biblical Noah and Isaac, and the similar sounding Asher and Josiah. The typical nickname for Joshua is Josh, a name in its own right. With roots in Greek and Latin, Joshua has several very different looking foreign spellings, including Yushua (Arabic), Jozua (Dutch), Josué (French), Giosuè (Italian), and Jesús (Spanish). Common misspellings are ‘Josha’ and ‘Joshau’.

Although Joshua stayed in the top thousand names for boys in the USA from 1880, it didn’t start to enjoy real popularity as a name until the 1970s, when it started the decade at #150 and ended it at #9 on the most popular name for boys list. It peaked at third from 2002 until 2006, and since then it has been slowly decreasing in popularity, settling at 25th in 2014. Interestingly, at the same time Joshua initially became popular as a boys name, the name crept into the top thousand names for girls from 1978 until 1989 in the USA. In the UK, the name Joshua saw a spike of popularity from 2002 to 2005, but has since fallen from the second most popular name to the twelfth in 2013.

Both Josh Groban (American musician) and Josh Hutcherson (American actor) were originally given the name Joshua. Other famous people named Joshua are Joshua Radin (American musician) and Joshua Cohen (American author).

There is an urban legend that NASA managed to ‘prove’ the Bible when their computers, which were tracking the movements of the planets in the past and future so that satellites wouldn’t crash into them hundreds of years down the line, had discovered a missing day that matched up perfectly with the story of a missing day in Joshua 10, giving the day the name ‘the missing day of Joshua’.