Gender: Male Meaning of Joshua: "the Lord is my salvation" Origin of Joshua: Hebrew Joshua's Popularity in 2019: #48

Joshua Origin and Meaning

The name Joshua is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "the Lord is my salvation".

Joshua was derived from the Hebrew name Yehoshu’a, from the roots yeho, referring to God, and yasha’, meaning “to save.” Joshua shares origins with the name Jesus, which comes from the Aramaic variation Yeshu’a. An important figure in the Old Testament, Joshua was the successor to Moses who finally led the Israelites into the Promised Land, inspiring the hymn "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho."

Joshua was a Top 10 name from 1983 until 2010 but has dropped a bit since. It was, and remains, a popular Jewish baby name. Still, owing to recent popularity, 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.

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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Rank in US: #48

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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!