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Gender: F Meaning of Josephine: "Jehovah increases" Origin of Josephine: French feminine variation of Joseph Josephine's Popularity in 2013: #160

With its large measure of class and character and a gently offbeat quality, plus an intriguing number of vivacious nicknames, it's no wonder Josephine is a Nameberry favorite and climbing up the national ladder as well, now at Number 160.

There have been many interesting and provocative Josephines in the past to look to: Empress Josephine Bonaparte (born Marie-Josephe-Rose and called Josephine by husband Napoleon), and exotic singer-dancer Josephine Baker (born Freda), to name just a couple.

Some of the Josephines in literature and recent pop culture are known by their nicknames--the admirably headstrong Jo in Little Women, Joey Potter (played by Katie Holmes) in Dawson's Creek and Josie of Josie and the Pussycats. In Some Like it Hot, Josephine was the nom de femme of Tony Curtis.

Josephines have been the subjects of countless songs, performed by artists ranging from Fats Domino to Tori Amos to the Black Crowes.

Famous People Named Josephine

Josephine de Beauharnais (born Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie), Empress of France, wife of Napoleon
Josephine of Leuchtenberg, Queen of Sweden and Norway
Josephine Elizabeth Butler, English feminist and reformer
Josephine Foster, American folk singer
Josephine Clara Goldmark, American reformer
(Freda) Josephine Baker, American singer/dancer/actress
Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda, Princess of Denmark
Josephine Tey, pen name of Scottish novelist Elizabeth Mackintosh
Josephine Siao, Hong Kong actress
Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, American journalist
Josephine Preston Peabody, American writer
Josephine Skriver, Danish model
Josephine "Josie" Griffiths, English actress
Josephine Tomic, Australian cyclist
Josephine Colette Almond (b. 2006), Daughter of author Steve Almond

Pop Culture References for the Name Josephine

Josephine "Joey" Potter, character on TV's "Dawson's Creek"
Josephine LaRue, character on TV's "The Originals"
Josephine "Jo" March, character in book/movie "Little Women"
Josephine "Josie" McCoy, character in "Josie and the Pussycats" series
Josephine "Josie" Alibrandi, character in book/movie "Looking for Alibrandi"
Mary Josephine Crawley, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Josephine Barry, character in the Anne of Green Gables series
Josephine Muscat, character in book/movie "Chocolat".
Grandma Josephine, character in book/movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Josephine "Josie" Cormier, character in "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult
Josephine "Josie" Griffin, character in"Josie Griffin is Not a Vampire"
Josephine "Josie" Jones, character on British TV series "Fresh Meat"
Josephine Bell, character in"The House Girl" by Tara Conklin
Josephine Montilyet, character from video game Dragon Age: Inquisition
Josephine Delamarre, main character on French TV's "Joséphine, ange gardien"
'Come Josephine In My Flying Machine' popular song from 1911
Josephine "Josie" Sheridan, character in book "Love and Other Foreign Words"
"Josephine", 2014 song by Quebecois singer-songwriter Stefie Shock

Feeney, Fifi, Fifine, Fina, Finetta, Finette, Jo, Joette, Joey, Jojo, Joline, Josana, Josanna, Josanne, Josebe, Josee, Josefa, Josefena, Josefene, Josepha, Josephe, Josephene, Josephina, Josephyna, Josephyne, Josetta, Josette, Josey, Josiane, Josianna, Josianne, Josie, Josy, Jozsa, Posey, Yosebe, Yosepha, Yosephina

Josephine's International Variations

Josefine (German) Seosaimhín (Irish Gaelic) Giuseppina (Italian) Józefina (Polish) Josefana, Hosefina, Josefina (Spanish)

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