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Gender: F Meaning of Josephine: "Jehovah increases" Origin of Josephine: French feminine variation of Joseph Josephine's Popularity in 2015: #131

With its large measure of class and character and a gently offbeat quality, plus an intriguing number of vivacious nicknames, it's no wonder Josephine is a Nameberry favorite and climbing up the national ladder as well, now at Number 131.

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.

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
Josephine Elizabeth Butler, English feminist and reformer
Josephine Foster, American folk singer
Josephine Clara Goldmark, American reformer
(Freda) Josephine Baker, American singer/dancer/actress
Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda, Princess of Denmark
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 Archer Cameron (b. 1993), daughter of director James Cameron and actress Linda Hamilton
Josephine Colette Almond (b. 2006), Daughter of author Steve Almond
Josephine Elizabeth Weil-Adelstein, 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 "Joey" Potter, character on TV's "Dawson's Creek"
Josephine LaRue, character on TV's "The Originals"
Josephine "Jo" March, character in Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women"
Dr. Josephine "Jo" Wilson, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Josephine "Josie" McCoy, character in the "Josie and the Pussycats" series
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"
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"
Aunt Josephine Anwhistle, character from Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events"

Josephine's International Variations

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