What does Josanna mean?
Josanna \j(o)-sanna, jos(an)-na\ as a girls' name means "Jehovah increases". Josanna is a variation of Jo (American): an independent name and short form of names like Joanna. Josanna is also a derivative of Josephine (Hebrew).
Josanna has 35 more related forms via Jo, Josephine: Jodean, Joetta, Jolana, Joleesa, Jolene▼, Jolinda, Joline, Jolisa, Jolissa, Jolyn, Jolynn, Jomarie, Jonessa, Jonetia, Jonisa, Jorene, Josanne, Josee, Josefa▼, Josefena, Josefene, Josefina▼, Josefine, Josepha, Josephe, Josephina, Josephyna, Josetta, Josette, Josey, Josiane, Josianne, Josie▲, Josy and Jozsa.
Josanna is an uncommonly occurring first name for females. Josanna is also an unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Josanna and affiliated names. Jo, Joetta, Jolene (#720 a year ago), Joline, Josefa, Josefina, Josefine, Josephine (#147), Josette and Josie (#254) are the popular related forms of Josanna (#unlisted). These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1930-1939 and have become much less popular since, with the forms Jo, Jolene, Josefa and Josefina becoming less trendy. Josephine (#147) and Josie (#254) are two of the more trendy girl names in this list, with both names undergoing a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Josanna is pronounced similarly to Josina. Other suggested similar baby names are Hosanna, Joanna▲, Joeanna, Johanna▼, Jolanna, Jovanna, Joyanna, Rosanna▼ and Sosanna. These names tend to be more frequently used than Josanna.