The Name Joe Finally Gets Presidential
Joe might be the ultimate friendly, down-to-earth, good guy name, and one of the most popular boy names for all of American history.
But unlike its fellow traditional, perennially popular boys’ names, Joe has until now never reached the highest office in the land. Today’s election of President Joe Biden changes all that.
Joe is usually short for Joseph, always in the US Top 25. In fact last year, Joseph dipped to its lowest point ever, Number 24. We probably all know someone named Joseph or Joe, or several someones. It’s a name that crosses class, cultural, religious, and yes, even political boundaries.
Joseph is a derivation of the Hebrew Yosef via the Greek and Latin Ioseph, meaning “he will increase.” Joseph is a figure in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, which makes it an appropriate choice for both Christians and Jews, though the best-known biblical Joseph was the carpenter and husband of the Virgin Mary who acted as Jesus‘s earthly father.
Feminine forms of Joseph include Josephine, Josepha, Josie, and Josette. While Joanne and Joanna, and of course short forms Jo or Josie, have been used to honor ancestral Josephs or get to short form Jo, those names actually derive from John.
President-elect Joe Biden, who is always called Joe, was born Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.. His grandfather as well as his father were also named Joseph. Robinette was his paternal grandmother’s maiden name.
Joe joins the long list of presidential names, both widely-used with the general populace as well as unusual. They are:
Joe/Joseph now takes its place among unique presidential first names:
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on November 7th, 2020 at 8:54 pm
The media does not declare the winner of the US election. The electoral college votes in December.
on November 8th, 2020 at 8:25 am
Correct, “the media” does not declare the winner. They report the winner, which they are doing and accurately titling him President-Elect. This isn’t “playing politics.” It’s a post loosely related to current events which is pretty on par for this site. Y’all need to not act like children and learn to deal with your emotions instead of lashing out at a website for baby names.
on November 8th, 2020 at 8:35 am
A great list! Thank you for highlighting our country’s history. We are bigger than political divides and the constant negativity so often found in internet comments. Whatever happens in the days ahead let’s remember ourselves, and try a little kindness and positivity.
on November 8th, 2020 at 8:48 am
The name of the people in the office of the people :,)
on November 8th, 2020 at 11:27 am
It’s funny to me that a Joe/Joseph hasn’t been a presidential name yet, seeing as it’s such a popular name!
Nameberry has often posted presidential baby names. This isn’t even a political post. It’s very neutral, just adding another name to the list. 🙂
on November 8th, 2020 at 11:57 am
on November 8th, 2020 at 4:53 pm
Why are Andrew and Franklin listed twice?
on November 8th, 2020 at 6:09 pm
Minnow made a good catch…Andrew & Franklin should be deleted from the unique name list.
Is the unique name list just for the names that the presidents are known by? Because a number of presidents (Grant, Cleveland, Wilson, Coolidge, & Eisenhower) were known by their middle names rather than their actual firsts (Hiram, Stephen, Thomas, John, & David respectively). And Gerald Ford was named Leslie Lynch King when he was born.
Joseph is a family name on my dad’s mom’s side…my great-grandfather was Carl Joseph (also listed as Joseph Carl, but I think that’s because he went by Joe). I think we had six Joes (out of 51 people attending) at the last family reunion!
on November 9th, 2020 at 5:25 am
I love how it’s considered “playing politics” to literally say the name of the person who has been elected as President. Y’all are so sensitive that a post on a baby name website is getting your feathers ruffled.
on November 11th, 2020 at 11:53 am
The whole point is that he is NOT the president elect nor is he the winner
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