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Gender: M Meaning of Joseph: "Jehovah increases" Origin of Joseph: Hebrew Joseph's Popularity in 2013: #20

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Joseph is one of the most classic names in American nomenclature, popular with parents from many ethnic backgrounds and having dual-religious appeal. In the Old Testament, Joseph is the twelfth and favorite son of Jacob and Rachel; in the New Testament it is the name of the carpenter husband of the Virgin Mary, mother of Christ.

The warm and friendly nickname Joe is the all-time regular guy name, as in Joe Blow, G.I. Joe, etc., celebrated in songs like 'Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe.' Joe is frequently used on its own, as Kate Winslet did for her son.

So even if Joseph may be dipping ever so slightly in the popularity charts--it's still in the Top 20-- it will always be a strong and solid choice. Variations of Joseph are popular worldwide, including Jose, Giuseppe and Josef, while the female Josephine is a currently enjoying a style revival.

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Famous People Named Joseph

Joseph, eleventh son of Jacob in the Bible
Saint Joseph of Arimathea
Saint Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary
Joseph Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis Dze Jugashvili), Soviet dictator
Joseph I and II, Holy Roman Emperors
Joseph I, King of Portugal
Joseph-Napoleon Bonaparte, King of Spain, elder brother of Napoleon I of France
Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria
(Franz) Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer
Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, vice president of the United States
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt, American actor
Joseph Walter "Joe" Jackson, patriarch and manager of the musical Jackson family
Joseph Heller, American novelist
Joseph Dalton Hooker, English botanist and friend of Charles Darwin
Joseph Smith, American founder of Mormonism
Joseph John Campbell, American mythologist and writer
Joseph Albert Campbell, American inventor of Campbell's soup
Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr., American businessman, ambassador and patriarch of the political Kennedy family
Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr., American naval pilot and eldest Kennedy brother
Joseph Chamberlain, British prime minister
Joseph Kabila (Kabange), president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Joseph Michael Schenck, American film producer
Joseph 'Joe' Jonas, American musician of boy band The Jonas Brothers
Joseph "Joss" Whedon, American writer, director and producer
Joseph Louis Barrow, birth name of American boxer Joe Louis
Joseph Paul "Joe" DiMaggio, American baseball player
Joseph "Joe" Sugg, English Youtube personality
Joseph Paul "Joe" Torre, American baseball manager
Joseph Roland "Joe" Barbera, Italian-American animator of Hanna-Barbera
Joseph Steven "Joe" Sakic, Canadian ice hockey player and executive
Chief Joseph, American leader of the Nez Perce tribe
Joseph Brant, American leader of the Mohawk tribe
Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, English surgery pioneer
Joseph Lloyd Simmons aka Rev. Run, American rapper of group Run-D.M.C.
Joseph Leo Mankiewicz, American film director
Joseph Abraham Gottlieb, birth name of American TV presenter Joey Bishop
Joseph Priestley, English chemist who discovered oxygen
Joseph Desha, U.S. Congressman and governor of Kentucky
Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist
Joseph Benson Foraker, U.S. Senator and governor of Ohio
Joseph Grimaldi, English Regency actor
Joseph Francis Shea, American NASA engineer
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher aka Joe the Plumber, American political activist
Joseph Frederick Kushner, son of businesswoman Ivanka Trump
Joseph Stockton Rhodes (b. 2004), son of journalist Natalie Morales
Joseph Garrett Duggar, 7th child of reality TV's Duggar family
Joseph Marciano Armstrong, son of musician Billie Joe Armstrong
Joseph Raymond Romano, son of actor/comedian Ray Romano
Joseph "Joe" Mark Trohman, guitarist of American band Fall Out Boy

Pop Culture References for the Name Joseph

Joseph (Joey) Francis Tribbiani, Character on TV's "Friends"
G.I. Joe
Joseph Sullivan, character on TV's "Heroes"
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," musical based on Joseph, son of Jacob

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