Gender: Male Meaning of Joseph: "Jehovah increases" Origin of Joseph: Hebrew Joseph's Popularity in 2019: #24

Joseph Origin and Meaning

The name Joseph is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "Jehovah increases".

Joseph evolved from the Hebrew name Yosef, which was derived from the verb yasaf, meaning “to increase.” In the Old Testament, Joseph is the 11th 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. Joe and Joey are common nicknames for Joseph, and Josephine is the feminine form.

Joseph is one of the most classic names in American nomenclature, popular with parents from many ethnic backgrounds and having dual-religious appeal.

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 not be as popular as it once was, 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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Rank in US: #24

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Pop Culture References for the name Joseph

Joe, Joey, Josue, Jodie, Joos, Jessup, Josephie, Jessop, Seppi, Jozzepi, Joop, Jozka, Jodi, Josephat, Jody, Joseba,


ParanoidAndroid Says:


Joseph, Joe, Joey. It can be whatever variation, but I've never been a fan of this name. Maybe it's the emphatic, dumb "Oh" sound? Maybe it's the overwhelming dominance of Josephs that has reigned for centuries? It just sounds dull and predictable at this point, absent of any creativity, character, or charm. I will compliment this name on how well it wears on anyone of any age. Whether it be a baby boy or a geezer, Joseph fits perfectly. For me though, it's still a no-go for ol' Joe.

ILoveBabyNames123 Says:


No Way! Name him Joey instead. Gah I hate the full name!

Paigeofabook2000 Says:


I know a little boy named Joseph. Most of my friends and I call him Joseph, but his sister (my best friend) calls him Joe-Bub. ^_^

Alaina Says:


Joseph is an alright name to me.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Classic and handsome, love Joe

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I'd prefer if my little boy went by Joseph and not Joe or Joey. It' not that I don't like Joey from Friends, I just prefer Joseph.

Nozomi Says:


I've met a couple of Josephs but that never really changed my opinion on how I feel about it. I'm just really not a fan, although it isn't the worst.

Impwood Says:


I really like the name Joseph. The diminutive Joe has a pleasant retro feel.

Essa Says:


This fits into my Thomas category. Love the name. Hate the inevitable nickname.

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MJadeF Says:


I really like the name Joseph. The name shows up a couple times in my family with a few variations, too.