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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
Joseph of Arimathea
Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator
(Franz) Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt, American actor
Joseph "Joe" Jackson, patriarch of musical family The Jacksons
Joseph "Joe" Biden, vice president of the United States
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-Napoleon Bonaparte, elder brother of Emperor Napoleon
Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr., American patriarch of the political Kennedy family
Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr., American naval pilot and oldest 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 "Joe" Sugg, English Youtube personality
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 I, King of Portugal
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

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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