What does Josephine mean?
Josephine /jo-se-phi-ne/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced JOH-sa-feen. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Josephine is "Jehovah increases".
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: Jesephine, Jiasephine, Josephije. [more]
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)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Josephine for girls. Josephine reached its highest position of #23 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #147 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Popular related forms of Josephine (#147 the previous year) are Jo, Joey, Joline, Josefa, Josefina, Josefine, Joseph, Josette and Josie (#254 the previous year). Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.3913%) and has become much less since (usage 0.1599%, down 59.1%), with the versions Jo, Josefa, Josefina and Joseph becoming less in vogue. Josephine (#147) and Josie (#254) are two of the more chic birth names among these, with both names having a rebound in popularity. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Josephine and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)