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Gender: M Meaning of Josiah: "God supports, heals" Origin of Josiah: Hebrew Josiah's Popularity in 2015: #57

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 now at Number 57, having moved up 60 places in a 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.

Famous People Named Josiah

Josiah Bartlett, 4th Governor of New Hampshire
Josiah Royce, American pragmatist philosopher
Josiah Henry, American actor
Josiah 'Jossi' Wells, New Zealand freestyle skier
Josiah Matthew Duggar, 8th child (4th son) of the reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting's Duggar family
Josiah Angel Solomon, octuplet of Nadya Suleman
Josiah Yoba, son of American actor Malik Yoba

Pop Culture References for the name Josiah

Josiah Bartlett, U.S. President on TV's 'The West Wing'
Josiah Gordon 'Doc' Scurlock, character in film "Young Guns"
Josiah Elkins, character in film "Ghost Brigade"
Josiah Millbank, character in "A good woman" by Danielle Steel

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