"the Lord is my salvation"

Joshua Origin and Meaning

The name Joshua is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "the Lord is my salvation".

Joshua, a Top 10 name from 1983 until 2010, has dropped out of the Top 50 but manages to present a relaxed, attractive image, with a bit of the Old West mixed in with its biblical persona.

Joshua was derived from the Hebrew name Yehoshu’a, from the roots yeho, referring to God, and yasha’, meaning "to save." Joshua shares origins with the name Jesus, which comes from the Aramaic variation Yeshu’a.

An important figure in the Old Testament, Joshua was the successor to Moses who finally led the Israelites into the Promised Land, inspiring the 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. The current generation's baby name successors to Joshua include Josiah and Jasper.

# 60 in the US

Joshua Rank in US Top 1000

# 247 on Nameberry

Joshua Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Joshua Popularity

Famous People Named Joshua

  • Joshuaa prophet of the Old Testament of the Bible
  • Joshua Lawrence ChamberlainAmerican Civil War general, governor of Maine, president of Bowdoin College
  • Joshua ReynoldsEnglish painter
  • Joshua EagleAustralian tennis player
  • Joshua David BellAmerican violinist
  • Joshua Aaron "Josh" CharlesAmerican actor
  • Joshua Charles MalinaAmerican actor
  • Joshua Lockwood Logan IIIAmerican stage and film director
  • Joshua RedmanAmerican jazz saxophonist
  • Joshua Jake GoodallEnglish tennis player
  • Joshua Lee "Josh" HollowayAmerican actor
  • Joshua Michael "Josh" Homme IIIAmerican singer
  • Joshua Winslow "Josh" GrobanAmerican singer
  • Joshua David "Josh" DuhamelAmerican actor
  • Joshua Ryan "Josh" HutchersonAmerican actor
  • Joshua Ryan "Josh" ZuckermanAmerican actor
  • Joshua Baret "Josh" HendersonAmerican actor and singer
  • Joshua Daniel "Josh" HartnettAmerican actor
  • Joshua "Josh" DallasAmerican actor
  • Joshua "Josh" DevineEnglish drummer
  • Joshua James "Josh" Duggar1st child of reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting's Duggar family
  • Joshua Michael "Josh" PeckAmerican actor
  • Joshua "Josh" CuthburtEnglish musician
  • Joshua Keeler "Josh" RamsayCanadian singer
  • Joshua JacksonCanadian,American actor
  • Joshua RadinAmerican singer,songwriter and actor
  • Joshua HarrisAmerican Christian relationship coach and author
  • Joshua "Josh" DunAmerican drummer for band Twenty One Pilots
  • Joshua David "Josh" EvansYouTube personality
  • Joshua "Josh" PietersSouth African YouTuber
  • Joshua Van Der Beekson of American actor James Van Der Beek
  • Joshua Williamschild of Brady and Paulie Williams of reality TV's "My Five Wives"
  • Joshua Romneyson of American politician Mitt Romney
  • Joshua Russaw (b. 1998)son of singer Faith Evans and Todd Russaw
  • Joshua Rafter (b. 2003)son of tennis player Pat Rafter
  • Joshua Allen Daniels (b. 2005)son of pro wrestler Christopher Daniels
  • Joshua Thompson (b. 2012)son of TV presenter Wendy Kingston and David Thompson
  • Joshua "Josh" KelleyAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. (b. 2016)son of actress Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley
  • Joshua Ovenshire aka JovenshireAmerican YouTuber and member of Smosh Games
  • Joshua Hong/Hong JisooKorean,American singer and member of the boy band Seventeen
  • Joshua Caleb 'Josh' Dibb (aka Deakin)musician and founding member of the band Animal Collective
  • Joshua "Josh" RadnorAmerican actor

Joshua in Pop Culture

  • Joshuasixth book in the Bible
  • Joshua Shepardformer king of Cedulan in "The Silver Eye," a webcomic by Laura Hollingsworth
  • Joshua AlferoApen Shepard's alias in "The Silver Eye", a webcomic by Laura Hollingsworth
  • Joshua "Josh" Roszacharacter on TV's "The Originals"
  • Joshuacharacter in video game "Alice Mare"
  • Dr Joshua Levincharacter on TV series "SeaQuest DSV"
  • Joshua Gabriel Matthewsnewborn on TV series "Boy Meets World"
  • Joshua Rushcharacter on TV's "Knots Landing"
  • Joshua Grahama character in video game "Fallout: New Vegas , Honest Hearts"
  • Joshua Tilpincharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Joshua "Josh" Washingtoncharacter in video game "Until Dawn"
  • Joshua Tree National Parka vast protected area in southern California, characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes
  • "Joshua Tree" the fifth studio album by Irish rock band U2

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