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Gender: Male Meaning of Joshua: "the Lord is my salvation" Origin of Joshua: Hebrew Joshua's Popularity in 2017: #39

The name Joshua is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "the Lord is my salvation". Joshua is ranked #39 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Joshua was a Top 10 name from 1983 until 2010, but has dropped a bit since. Still, owing to recent popularity, it's a widely used name and it's tough for any new Joshua to stand out from the crowd. Joshua retains its popularity because it manages to present a relaxed, attractive image, with a bit of the Old West mixed in with its biblical persona. BTW, basketball star Tony Parker went straight to the nickname Josh for his son.

An important figure in the Old Testament, Joshua was the successor to Moses who finally led the Israelites, after many battles, into the Promised Land, inspiring the rousing 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. If you like Joshua but want something more distinctive, you might consider Josiah or Jasper.

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Famous People Named Joshua

Joshua, a prophet of the Old Testament of the Bible
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, American Civil War general, governor of Maine, president of Bowdoin College
Joshua Reynolds, English painter
Joshua Eagle, Australian tennis player
Joshua David Bell, American violinist
Joshua Aaron "Josh" Charles, American actor
Joshua Charles Malina, American actor
Joshua Lockwood Logan III, American stage and film director
Joshua Redman, American jazz saxophonist
Joshua Jake Goodall, English tennis player
Joshua Lee "Josh" Holloway, American actor
Joshua Michael "Josh" Homme III, American singer
Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban, American singer
Joshua David "Josh" Duhamel, American actor
Joshua Ryan "Josh" Hutcherson, American actor
Joshua Ryan "Josh" Zuckerman, American actor
Joshua Baret "Josh" Henderson, American actor and singer
Joshua Daniel "Josh" Hartnett, American actor
Joshua "Josh" Dallas, American actor
Joshua "Josh" Devine, English drummer
Joshua James "Josh" Duggar, 1st child of reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting's Duggar family
Joshua Michael "Josh" Peck, American actor
Joshua "Josh" Cuthburt, English musician
Joshua Keeler "Josh" Ramsay, Canadian singer
Joshua Jackson, Canadian-American actor
Joshua Radin, American singer-songwriter and actor
Joshua Harris, American Christian relationship coach and author
Joshua "Josh" Dun, American drummer for band Twenty One Pilots
Joshua David "Josh" Evans, YouTube personality
Joshua "Josh" Pieters, South African YouTuber
Joshua Van Der Beek, son of American actor James Van Der Beek
Joshua Williams, child of Brady and Paulie Williams of reality TV's "My Five Wives"
Joshua Romney, son 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" Kelley, American singer-songwriter
Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. (b. 2016), son of actress Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley
Joshua Ovenshire aka Jovenshire, American YouTuber and member of Smosh Games
Joshua Hong/Hong Jisoo, Korean-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" Radnor, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Joshua

Joshua, sixth book in the Bible
Joshua Shepard, former king of Cedulan in "The Silver Eye," a webcomic by Laura Hollingsworth
Joshua Alfero, Apen Shepard's alias in "The Silver Eye", a webcomic by Laura Hollingsworth
Joshua "Josh" Rosza, character on TV's "The Originals"
Joshua, character in video game "Alice Mare"
Dr Joshua Levin, character on TV series "SeaQuest DSV"
Joshua Gabriel Matthews, newborn on TV series "Boy Meets World"
Joshua Rush, character on TV's "Knots Landing"
Joshua Graham, a character in video game "Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts"
Joshua Tilpin, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Joshua "Josh" Washington, character in video game "Until Dawn"
Joshua Tree National Park, a 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

Joshua's International Variations

Iosua (Romanian) Giosia, Giosue (Italian) Jozua, Joshuah (Dutch) Yeshua (Yiddish) Yehoshua (Israeli) Joaquin (Spanish) Yushua (Arabic) Joaquim (Portuguese) Jozsua (Hungarian) Josue (French) Josua (Swedish)


Demian Says:



Alaina Says:


I'm not a fan of this name at all! Really dislike it!

softboiledeggs Says:


It's a very common name but I still love it. Maybe because as a fan of Joshua Bell I'm biased. I picture a kind and gentle young man when I hear this name.

LV51sfan91 Says:


I love this name as a whole! Not fond of the nickname Josh!

RoyB Says:


My apologies for insulting either women or men. It wasn't intended that way. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. I'll be sure to choose my words more carefully next time.

Revlon Says:


You are correct that it is quite popular now, and has been for a while. Joshua does not have the hardest consonant sounds, but it is in good company in that regard. I am not sure what that has to do with being, "a name only given to a child by a mother." I cannot tell if you are insulting men, women, or both. Either way, it is neither relevant nor accurate.

RoyB Says:


I have a nephew with that name. Came out of the movies and heard someone calling that name to their son. Soon after, heard it again in a department store. What I'm trying to say is that it's a bit overused. Also, it isn't the strongest name for a boy. Kinda soft. Sounds like a name only given to a child by a mother.

Zelliew Says:


A good name

Daphodil Says:


Handsome name, I'm surprised there are no more comments!

kiwipop Says:


Love it!

,mark Says:


How bout like da show; H.I.M.Y.M. Joshua Wait for it McDowell

jasminegarden Says:


One of my favourite biblical names, it's so lovely!