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Gender: Female Meaning of Josephine: "Jehovah increases" Origin of Josephine: French feminine variation of Joseph Josephine's Popularity in 2017: #107

The name Josephine is a girl's name of French origin meaning "Jehovah increases". Josephine is ranked #107 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That? Girls with middles".

From the experts:

With its large measure of class and character and a gently offbeat quality, plus an intriguing number of vivacious nicknames, Josephine is a Nameberry favorite.

There have been many interesting and provocative Josephines in the past to look to: Empress Josephine Bonaparte (born Marie-Josephe-Rose and called Josephine by husband Napoleon) and exotic singer-dancer Josephine Baker (born Freda), to name just a couple.

Some of the Josephines in literature and recent pop culture are known by their nicknames—the admirably headstrong Jo in Little Women, Joey Potter (played by Katie Holmes) in Dawson's Creek, and Josie of Josie and the Pussycats. In Some Like it Hot, Josephine was the nom de femme of Tony Curtis.

Josephines have been the subjects of countless songs, performed by artists ranging from Fats Domino to Tori Amos to the Black Crowes.

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Famous People Named Josephine

Josephine de Beauharnais (born Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie), Empress of France, wife of Napoleon
Josephine of Leuchtenberg, Queen of Sweden and Norway
Joséphine-Charlotte Stéphanie Ingeborg Elisabeth Marie-José Marguerite Astrid, Princess of Belgium; Grand Duchess consort of Jean of Luxembourg
Josephine Friederike Luise, Princess of Baden; Princess of Hohenzollern
Joséphine Caroline Marie Albertine, Princess of Belgium
(Marie) Joséphine Thérèse, Princess of Lorraine; Princess of Carignan
Josephine Elizabeth Butler, English feminist and reformer
Josephine Foster, American folk singer
Josephine Clara Goldmark, American reformer
(Freda) Josephine Baker, American singer/dancer/actress
Joséphine Marie Stéphanie Victoire, Princess of Belgium; twin of sister Henriette Marie Charlotte Antoinette; daughter of Princes Philippe of Flanders
Josephine Tey, pen name of Scottish novelist Elizabeth Mackintosh
Josephine Siao, Hong Kong actress
Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, American journalist
Josephine Preston Peabody, American writer
Josephine Skriver, Danish model
Josephine "Josie" Griffiths, English actress
Josephine Tomic, Australian cyclist
Josephine "Josie" Cohan Niblo, American actress
Josephine Archer Cameron (b. 1993), daughter of director James Cameron and actress Linda Hamilton
Josephine Colette Almond (b. 2006), Daughter of author Steve Almond
Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda (b. 2011), Princess of Denmark; Countess of Monpezat; daughter of Crown Prince Frederik; twin of brother Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander
Josephine Elizabeth Weil-Adelstein (b. 2011), daughter of actress Liza Weil and Paul Adelstein
Josephine Kate Gavigan (b. 2016), daughter of actress Jessica Capshaw

Pop Culture References for the name Josephine

Josephine "Jo" March, character in Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women"
Josephine "Josie" McCoy, character in the "Josie and the Pussycats" series, the Archie comics, and the TV show Riverdale
Josephine "Joey" Potter, character on TV's "Dawson's Creek"
Josephine LaRue, character on TV's "The Originals"
Dr. Josephine "Jo" Wilson, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Josephine "Josie" Alibrandi, character in Melina Marchetta's "Looking for Alibrandi"
Mary Josephine Crawley, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Josephine Barry, character in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series
Josephine Muscat, character in Joanne Harris' "Chocolat"
Aunt Josephine Anwhistle, character from Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
Grandma Josephine, character in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Josephine "Josie" Cormier, character in "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult
Josephine "Josie" Griffin, character in "Josie Griffin is Not a Vampire" by Heather Swain
Josephine "Josie" Jones, character on British TV series "Fresh Meat"
Josephine Bell, character in "The House Girl" by Tara Conklin
Josephine Cherette Montilyet, a major character in the video game "Dragon Age: Inquisition"
Josephine Delamarre, main character on French TV's "Joséphine, ange gardien"
Josephine "Josie" Sheridan, character in Erin McCahan's "Love and Other Foreign Words"
"Come Josephine in My Flying Machine," 1911 popular song written by Fred Fisher and Alfred Bryan
"Josephine," song by Brandi Carlile
"Josephine," song by Stefie Shock
Josephine "Josie," Abaddon's vessel on "Supernatural"
"Josephine" song by The Wallflowers

Josephine's International Variations

Seosaimhín (Irish Gaelic) Josefana, Hosefina, Josefina (Spanish) Giuseppina (Italian) Josefine (German) Józefina (Polish)


rubylark Says:


I recently saw Posie as a nickname for Josephine and I think that is so cute!

MidnightSky Says:


I love Josephine. So classic, elegant, sophisticated. One of my all time favorites.

rayleemarie Says:


Love the nickname Josie!

91flaviaj Says:


That name brings me a lot of Titanic vibes. <3
"Come Josephine, In My Flying Machine ..."

HarrietKimberleyG Says:


I have only started to love this name but its gorgeous. I would love to call my daughter Josephine-Rose. Very regal and cute. Jinny is a great nickname.

phoebe_rebecca Says:


my cat is called Persephone

josephinedagnall Says:


Josephine Elizabeth is my name! It's so long, it doesn't fit on boarding passes for planes - they just say 'Josephine Eli'! I was brought up in a religious community, although my parents chose Elizabeth as an honour name, not for religious reasons!

josephinedagnall Says:


This is my name, and I've only met three other Josephines in my life. Two of them were over eighty - whilst beautiful, this is something of a granny name where I live. My parents have called me Josie since the day I was born, but it's amazing how many people can't spell it correctly - I've had Jose, Josee, Josey, Josy, Juicy, and even Gypsy! Now I'm more likely to introduce myself as either Jo - which leads to people assuming my name is Joanna - or just the full Josephine.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


I'm strongly considering this name for a daughter, this or Caroline.

Rosie2525 Says:


I've become obsessed with this name. I guess because it's such a feminine, pretty name, but still strong.
I've never heard Josey or Posey being the nickname for Josephine; I love it even more!

DorothySasso Says:


My great-grandmother was Edith Josephine too! My daughter was named Audrey Josephine for her (and the many, many Josephs in our family). Says:


Love the name. It's a beautiful yet classic name. This is my grandm's english name (She immigrated to Australia from Malaysia.) Also name of vs angel Josephine Skriver.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


One of the most beautiful, feminine names out there

Finn Says:


One of my favourites, and I absolutely adore the nickname Josie. Though if I were to use it, it would most likely be as a middle because of my preferred structure of how I want to name my future children (Average length first -> long first middle -> short second middle).

pixelatedinfants Says:


Josephine is OK, I think of the American Girl Doll, Josephina. The NN Posey is OK, and I prefer Josie as a nickname for Jocelyn which is a name I love

kxlly0614 Says:


Love this name pronounced JosephEEn, not Josephin or JesophAIne or anything else. Such a beautiful name that suites anyone of any age. I wish parents looked more into these timeless classics rather than modern, invented names that don't age quite as well as Josephine.

fromtheocean12 Says:


Josephine sounds soft and sweet, an absolutely gorgeous name. I love the nicknames Josie, Jo, Posey, or even Sophie. It could suit a girl all the way from being a baby to adulthood. So beautiful!

Gabrielle Doiron Says:


My fathers middle name is the masculine version of this name (Joseph), so thats pretty cool. However, I'm a bigger fan of the name Josephine (sorry dad). It's absolutely stunning, and sounds beautiful when it's said out loud. It's definitely one of my top 5 favourites.

Floris Says:


I love the name Josephine Elizabeth. The only thing making me a bit hesitant is that it's soo religious.

kertheshe Says:


Nope. Probably one of my most disliked names.

marmalade Says:


I love this name! My husbands' grandmother was named Edith Josephine, so we might choose this name if our baby's a girl! If it's a girl, and if we decide on Josephine, her nickname will most likely be Posy.

Bobcat108 Says:


I think the pronunciation depends on the English, it's Jo-seh-feen. I'm not a Spanish speaker, but I believe it would be Ho-seh-feen. In French it's Zho-seh-feen.

josey223 Says:


She will forever tell people "it's with a y, not ie". Regardless, I prefer this spelling, I think it looks nicer.

drapp Says:


If we have another daughter my husband wants to just name her Josey (after The Outlaw Josey Wales) and I keep telling him that no one will spell it right! He doesn't seem to believe me or care.

josey223 Says:


My name is Josephine and i've really come to love the name, although my parents gave me the nickname Josey and nobody ever spells it that way.

Zuzana Says:


I love Josephine, but how popular do you think it will get?

Josephine Says:


My name is Josephine, and i'am proud to bear it.

KassemJ Says:


This is my absolute favorite girl name!

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Such a beautiful name. And there are also nice nicknames! Like Posey, Jo, or even Fifi! :)

Audrey328 Says:


I had no idea this name is so popular!

HatCollecter Says:


♥ this name. But is is pronounced ( ho sah feen) or ( jo)?

headintheclouds Says:


I'm just meh about Joseph for a boy name, but I LOVE Josephine for a girl. It's beautiful, classic, sophisticated, unusual enough yet not unheard of and is a lovely vintage name. It ages well too, can fit a baby girl to a grown woman, and has a multitude of nicknames to make one's own according to their personality- Jo, Josie, Seph, Sephy, or just the full Josephine.

Sadly, I can't use this anymore because of my cousin's little daughter Josephine, affectionately called Jojo in the family. She's made me love the name all the more, and I might still consider it for a future daughter's middle name- it flows so nicely with any first given name.

AmaliaJane90 Says:


HUGE soft spot for this name however I want to use it but then again I dont. Argh!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Is the other way around for me. :)

Catastroffy Says:


I like Joseph, but I don't really share the enthusiasm for Josephine.

Caroline Says:


One of the classic names that I will love forever!

Leah3456 Says:


Pretty name.

madmaddie Says:


One of the few feminizations I actually adore.

EvaThyssen Says:


I love the connection with Jo March :D

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I never thought I would like this name, but I do! It's gorgeous. It just slowly grew on me and is now a favorite.

Guest Says:


I would highly consider Josephine as a potential name for my daughter. It's beautiful. Also, my father's name is Joe and my mother's MN is Jo. Perfect, right? Unfortunately, Josephine is too similar to my DD, Persephone. Also, the name Joseph is already used for my nephew's first name (even though he goes by his MN).

Mila42 Says:


Josephine is a gorgeous name and it was my great grandmother's name'

Inside79 Says:


This was on my list and I used it as my daughters first name. Many have commented how they love it

violetgray Says:


I love this name. It was my great grandmother's and great aunts name so I'm biased. Love the nickname Posey for it. It reminds me of that sweet song from Titanic. "Come Josephine in my flying machine...going up she goes...up she goes" <3

SunKissedChild Says:


My name is Josephine, and I'm almost 23 and I've never met someone else with the same name! My nickname is Jo, and I always get compliments on my name- I love it! :)

Analia Says:


really love this name! hope it doesn't get too popular

Hydra Says:


Very pretty, but I prefer Josephina or even Josephinia.

tori101 Says:


Lovely vintage classic, that works perfectly as a first name and a middle name. Josephine is gorgeous.

Renee5322 Says:


ADORE this name. It's a perfect, sweet vintage name. The nickname Josie is adorable. Just a great name! I also think it makes a fantastic middle name.

Guest Says:


I like Josephina

kmdharrington Says:


Love it!