Joseph

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Gender: M Meaning of Joseph: "Jehovah increases" Origin of Joseph: Hebrew Joseph's Popularity in 2015: #21

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 12th 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 -- 2015 marked its second-ever year outside 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.

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 Robinette "Joe" Biden, 47th U.S. Vice President
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt, American actor
Joseph Walter "Joe" Jackson, American talent manager; father of the Jackson musical family
Joseph Paul "Joe" DiMaggio, American baseball player
Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman, U.S. Senator from Connecticut
Joseph Dalton Hooker, English botanist
Joseph "Joe" Louis (Barrow), American boxer
Joseph John Campbell, American mythologist and writer
Joseph Albert Campbell, American founder of Campbell's Soup
Joseph Kabila (Kabange), president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Joseph Adam "Joe" Jonas, American musician
Joseph Anthony "Joey" Barton, English footballer
Joseph Levitch, birth name of comedian and actor Jerry Lewis
Joseph Steven "Joe" Sakic, Canadian ice hockey player
Joseph "Joe" Nieuwendyk, Canadian ice hockey player
Joseph Lloyd Simmons aka Rev. Run, American rapper
Joseph Priestley, English chemist who discovered oxygen
Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist
Anthony Joseph "Joe" Perry, guitarist of American band Aerosmith
Joseph Benson Foraker, U.S. Senator and 37th governor of Ohio
Joseph Raymond Romano, son of American actor and comedian Ray Romano
Joseph Mark "Joe" Trohman, guitarist of American rock band Fall Out Boy
Joseph Morgan (born Joseph Martin), English actor
Joseph Garrett, English YouTuber known for his channel "stampylonghead"
Joseph Michael "Joey" Graceffa, American vlogger
Joseph Graham "Joe" Sugg, British vlogger
Joseph Garrett Duggar, 7th child of the reality TV's Duggar family
Joseph Marciano Armstrong, son of American musician Billie Joe Armstrong
Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III, son of VP Joe Biden
Joseph Michael Jennings, son of American beach volleyball player Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings

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
Joseph Joestar, character from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Joseph Kavinsky, character in book series "The Raven Cycle"
Joseph "Joe" West, character on TV's "The Flash"
Joseph Oda, character in the video game "The Evil Within"
Joseph Schreiber, character in the video game "Silent Hill 4"
Joseph Frost, minor character in the Resident Evil series