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What does Josephine mean?

Josephine /jo-se-phi-ne/ as a girls' name is pronounced JOH-sa-feen. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Josephine is "Jehovah increases".

Feminine of Joseph with the diminutive suffix -ine. Napoleon's famous Empress Josephine's real name was Marie Josephe. Cabaret celebrity Josephine Baker.

Associated with: empress (queen).


Josephine has 35 variants: Fifi, Fifine, Fina, Finetta, Finette, Guiseppina, Jo, Joette, Joey, Joline, Josana, Josanna, Josanne, Josee, Josefa, Josefena, Josefene, Josefina, Josefine, Josepha, Josephe, Josephene, Josephina, Josephyna, Josephyna, Josephyne, Josetta, Josette, Josey, Josiane, Josianna, Josianne, Josie, Josy and Jozsa.

Related girl name: Posy.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Jasephine, Josephinea, ..

(male) Josephines, Josephite, ..

How popular is Josephine?

Josephine is a very popular first name for females (#121 out of 4276, Top 3%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name history of Josephine for girls. Josephine reached its highest position of #23 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #147 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Josephine name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Josephine outside U.S.

Popular related forms of Josephine (#147 the previous year) are Jo, Joette, Joey (#1784 the previous year), Joline, Josefa, Josefina, Josefine, Joseph, Josepha, Josette, Josey and Josie (#254). Adoption of these relations of Josephine was at its most widespread during 1910-1919 (adoption of 0.81%) and has become much diminished since (adoption 0.23%, down 72.2%). Josephine is more widely used than the rest, although Josie appears to be gaining favor too, while versions such as Josefina used to be popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Josephine, Jo, Joette, Joey, Joline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Josefa, Josefina, Joseph, Josepha, Josette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Josey, Josie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Josephine, Joline, Josefine outside U.S.