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Gender: M Meaning of Joshua: "the Lord is my salvation" Origin of Joshua: Hebrew Joshua's Popularity in 2014: #25

Joshua was a Top 10 name from 1983 until 2010, now ranking at Number 25. Still, with almost 11,000 little Joshuas entering the already crowded Josh World in 2014, it's tough for any new Joshua to stand out from the crowd. Joshua retains its popularity because it manages to present a relaxed, attractive image, with a bit of the Old West mixed in with its biblical persona. BTW, basketball star Tony Parker went straight to the nickname Josh for his son.

An important figure in the Old Testament, Joshua was the successor to Moses who finally led the Israelites, after many battles, into the Promised Land, inspiring the rousing hymn "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho."

Joshua's soft-sounding middle and vowel ending make it one of the new gentle boys' names, joining Biblical brothers Noah and Asher. If you like Joshua but want something more distinctive, you might consider Josiah or Jasper.

Famous People Named Joshua

Joshua, a prophet of the Old Testament of the Bible
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, American Civil War general, governor of Maine, president of Bowdoin College
Joshua Reynolds, English painter
Joshua Eagle, Australian tennis player
Joshua David Bell, American violinist
Joshua Aaron "Josh" Charles, American actor
Joshua Charles Malina, American actor
Joshua Lockwood Logan III, American stage and film director
Joshua Redman, American jazz saxophonist
Joshua Jake Goodall, English tennis player
Joshua Lee "Josh" Holloway, American actor
Joshua Michael "Josh" Homme III, American singer
Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban, American singer
Joshua David "Josh" Duhamel, American actor
Joshua Ryan "Josh" Hutcherson, American actor
Joshua Ryan "Josh" Zuckerman, American actor
Joshua Baret "Josh" Henderson, American actor and singer
Joshua Daniel "Josh" Hartnett, American actor
Joshua "Josh" Dallas, American actor
Joshua "Josh" Devine, English drummer
Joshua James "Josh" Duggar, eldest child of reality TV's Duggar family
Joshua Michael "Josh" Peck, American actor
Joshua "Josh" Cuthburt, English musician
Joshua Keeler "Josh" Ramsay, Canadian singer
Joshua Jackson, Canadian-American actor
Joshua Van Der Beek, son of actor James Van Der Beek
Joshua Williams, child of Brady and Paulie Williams of reality TV's "My Five Wives"
Joshua Radin, American singer-songwriter and actor
Joshua Harris, American Christian relationship coach and author
Joshua "Josh" Dun, drummer for Twenty One Pilots

Pop Culture References for the name Joshua

Joshua Shepard, former king of Cedulan in "The Silver Eye", a webcomic by Laura Hollingsworth
Joshua Alfero, Apen Shepard's alias in "The Silver Eye", a webcomic by Laura Hollingsworth
Joshua, character in video game "Alice Mare"
Dr Joshua Levin, character on TV series "SeaQuest DSV"
Joshua Gabriel Matthews, newborn on TV series "Boy Meets World"
Joshua Graham, a character in video game 'Fallout: New Vegas- Honest Hearts'
Joshua Tilpin, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series

Joshua's International Variations

Iosua (Romanian) Giosia, Giosue (Italian) Jozua, Joshuah (Dutch) Yeshua (Yiddish) Yehoshua (Israeli) Joaquin (Spanish) Yushua (Arabic) Joaquim (Portuguese) Jozsua (Hungarian) Josue (French) Josua (Swedish)