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Gender: M Meaning of Joseph: "Jehovah increases" Origin of Joseph: Hebrew Joseph's Popularity in 2014: #20

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 -- 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.

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
Joseph Dalton Hooker, English botanist
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 Levitch, birth name of comedian and actor Jerry Lewis
Joseph Steven "Joe" Sakic, Canadian ice hockey player
Joseph Lloyd Simmons, better known as Rev. Run, American rapper
Joseph Priestley, English chemist who discovered oxygen
Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist
Joseph Benson Foraker, U.S. Senator and 37th governor of Ohio
Joseph Garrett Duggar, 7th child of reality TV's Duggar family
Joseph Marciano Armstrong, son of American musician Billie Joe Armstrong
Joseph Raymond Romano, son of American actor and comedian Ray Romano
Joseph Mark "Joe" Trohman, American guitarist
Anthony Joseph "Joe" Perry, guitarist from Aerosmith
Joseph Frederick Kushner, son of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
Joseph Morgan (born Joseph Martin), English actor

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