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What does Josephine mean?

Josephine Pronunciation of Josephine 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 Jos-, empress (queen)


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, Jozsa




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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)

Josephine reached its highest position of #23 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #131 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Josephine (#131 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) are Jo, Joette, Joey, Joline, Josefa, Josefina, Josefine, Joseph, Josepha, Josette, Josey and Josie (#251). 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 0.24%, DOWN 70.4%). 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.