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.