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Gender: Male Meaning of Joseph: "Jehovah increases" Origin of Joseph: Hebrew Joseph's Popularity in 2017: #19

The name Joseph is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "Jehovah increases". Joseph is ranked #19 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Who's their sibling?".

From the experts:

Joseph is one of the most classic names in American nomenclature, popular with parents from many ethnic backgrounds and having dual-religious appeal. In the Old Testament, Joseph is the 12th 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.

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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Famous People Named Joseph

Joseph, eleventh son of Jacob in the Bible
Saint Joseph, husband of Mary
Saint Joseph of Arimathea
Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor
Joseph II (Joseph Benedikt Anton Michael Adam), Holy Roman Emperor
Joseph I, King of Portugal
Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte, King of Naples and Sicily
Joseph, of the sons of Bani (Ezra 10:42)
Joseph Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis Dze Jugashvili), Soviet dictator
Joseph Jacques Cesaire Joffre, French general in WWI
Joseph Brant or Thayendanegea, Mohawk leader
Joseph "Joe" Louis (Barrow), American boxer
Joseph Paul "Joe" DiMaggio, American baseball player
Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman, U.S. Senator from Connecticut
Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, 47th U.S. Vice President
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt, American actor
Joseph Walter "Joe" Jackson, American talent manager; father of the Jackson musical family
Joseph Dalton Hooker, English botanist
Joseph John Campbell, American mythologist and writer
Joseph Albert Campbell, American founder of Campbell's Soup
Joseph Kabila (Kabange), president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Joseph Adam "Joe" Jonas, American musician
Joseph Anthony "Joey" Barton, English footballer
Joseph Levitch, birth name of comedian and actor Jerry Lewis
Joseph Steven "Joe" Sakic, Canadian ice hockey player
Joseph "Joe" Nieuwendyk, Canadian ice hockey player
Joseph Lloyd Simmons aka Rev. Run, American rapper
Joseph Priestley, English chemist who discovered oxygen
Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist
Joseph William "Joe" Frazier, American boxer
Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh, American singer and guitarist
Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, American NFL player
Joseph James "Joe" Rogan, American comedian
Anthony Joseph "Joe" Perry, guitarist of American band Aerosmith
Joseph Benson Foraker, U.S. Senator and 37th governor of Ohio
Joseph Mark "Joe" Trohman, guitarist of American rock band Fall Out Boy
Joseph Morgan (born Joseph Martin), English actor
JosephJoeMichael Jaquest cole, English Actor
Joseph Garrett, English YouTuber known for his channel "stampylonghead"
Joseph Michael "Joey" Graceffa, American vlogger
Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III, son of US VP Joe Biden
Joseph Graham "Joe" Sugg, British vlogger
Joseph "Joe" Gatto, actor and comedian from TV's Impractical Jokers
Joseph "Joe" Russo, American director
Joseph Garrett Duggar, 7th child of the reality TV's Duggar family
Joseph Marciano Armstrong, son of musician Billie Joe Armstrong
Joseph Raymond Romano, son of actor and comedian Ray Romano
Joseph Gunnar Lee (b. 2007), son of American actress Traci Lords
Joseph Michael Jennings (b. 2009), son of beach volleyball player Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings
Joseph Stout (b. 2012), son of American YouTubers Jason and Jessica "Aphmau" Stout
Joseph "Joe" Hottinger, lead guitar of band Halestorm
Joseph Frederick Kushner (b. 2013), son of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; grandson of President Donald Trump

Pop Culture References for the name Joseph

Joseph "Joey" Francis Tribbiani, character on TV's "Friends"
Joseph Sullivan, character on TV's "Heroes"
Joseph "Joe" Goldberg, character in book and TV's "You"
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," musical based on Joseph, son of Jacob
Joseph Joestar, character from "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure"
Joseph Kavinsky, character in book series "The Raven Cycle"
Joseph "Joe" West, character on TV's "The Flash"
Joseph Oda, character in the video game "The Evil Within"
Joseph Schreiber, character in the video game "Silent Hill 4"
Joseph Frost, minor character in the Resident Evil series
Joseph Lynch, character in the film "Assassin's Creed"
Joseph Christiansen, character in the video game "Dream Daddy"
"Joseph Courtney," song by the band Fencer
Joseph Seed, character in the video game "Far Cry 5"


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.