Gender: Male Meaning of Josiah: "God supports, heals" Origin of Josiah: Hebrew Josiah's Popularity in 2019: #45

Josiah Origin and Meaning

The name Josiah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "God supports, heals".

Josiah is derived from Yoshiyahu, a Hebrew name from the components yoshi, meaning “support,” and Yahu, referring to the Hebrew god. In the Old Testament, Josiah was an upright king of Judah from the age of eight, after his father Amon was murdered. Josias is a related Latin variation that is found in some biblical translations.

Josiah—a biblical name with lots of quaint, old-fashioned charm—makes a much fresher sounding alternative to either Joseph or Joshua, combining the best of both. Josiah is among the several Biblical boys' names that have been on the rise this decade.

Two Josiahs, Wedgwood and Spode, founded the fine English potteries that bear their names. Josiah Bartlett was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the President on The West Wing shared his name, being a fictional descendant.

Charles Dickens used the name for a character in his novel Hard Times and Josiah Borden is a character in Eugene O'Neill's tragedy Mourning Becomes Electra.

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Rank in US: #45

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lucy.elizabeth Says:


Brian, Linus, anything with the 'I' sound. Josiah Tobias is my favourite. Would also make a great twin set

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Love to use nicknames Joe or Joey.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Lee, Daniel, David, Christopher, Robert, Thomas, William and many others.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Definitely a distinctive boys' name. There are so many beautiful, timeless classics (Mary, Elizabeth, Ruth, Martha, etc.) for girls without ever having to resort to a boys' name for a girl.

LV51sfan91 Says:


This one is growing on me;) I'd call him "Si" for short like Simon!

indiefendi2 Says:


I've always like this for a girl as well. I know it's crazy!!!! to think that, but I believe some of biblical names are flexible such as Judah, Elisha, obviously Noa, Adriel, Shiloh, etc. and I adore the meaning! (And to keep it equal I'd take Damaris from the girls side.)

MarisaRath Says:


I like Josiah with the nn Josey.

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Johana Says:


Anybody has an idea of a name that goes well with Josiah? Josiah being the first name.

KassemJ Says:


Not a bad name, I agree it's a nice alternative to Joseph or Joshua

princessmadison Says:


I know a Josiah in my grade and he's the only Josiah in the school.

lesliemarion Says:


nameberry is spot on when it says Josiah has quaint, old-fashioned charm. Joseph is lovely, but I prefer Josiah.