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Gender: Male Meaning of Josiah: "God supports, heals" Origin of Josiah: Hebrew Josiah's Popularity in 2017: #51

The name Josiah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "God supports, heals". Josiah is ranked #51 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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.

In the Old Testament, Josiah was an upright king of Judah from the age of eight, after his father Amon was murdered. 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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Famous People Named Josiah

Josiah, King of Judah
Josiah Bartlett, American politician; 4th Governor of New Hampshire
Josiah Royce, American pragmatist philosopher
Josiah Henry, American actor
Josiah Wedgwood, English china potter
Josiah Kirby "J.K." Lilly, American pharmaceutical industrialist; son of Eli Lilly
Josiah 'Jossi' Wells, New Zealand freestyle skier
Josiah Willard Gibbs, American physicist
Josiah Ng, Malaysian cyclist
Josiah Henson, American minister, author and abolitionist
Josiah Matthew Duggar (b. 1996), 8th child of reality TV's Duggar Family
Josiah Yoba (b. 2003), son of American actor Malik Yoba
Josiah Angel Solomon (b. 2009), octuplet of Nadya Suleman
Josiah Jensen (b. 2013), son of NFL player Marcel Jensen
Josiah David Croft (b. 2015), son of Christian singer Beth Croft
Slater Josiah Vance (b. 2006), son of actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance; twin of sister Bronwyn Golden

Pop Culture References for the name Josiah

Josiah Bartlett, U.S. President on TV's 'The West Wing'
Josiah Bounderby, character in Charles Dickens' "Hard Times"
Josiah Borden, character in Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra"
Josiah Gordon 'Doc' Scurlock, character in film "Young Guns"
Josiah Power, character in DC Comics
Josiah X, character in Marvel Comics
Josiah Elkins, character in film "Ghost Brigade"
Josiah Millbank, character in "A good woman" by Danielle Steel
Nicknames could be Si, Jos or Joe

Josie, Josiah, Josia, Josiahs, Josian, Josias, Josie


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.