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Meaning and name origin
Josephine \j(o)-sephi-ne, jos(e)-phine\ as a girl's 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.
Josephine has 35 variant forms: 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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Posy.
Josephine is a very popular first name for females (#121 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Josephine for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Josephine and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jo, Joey, Joline, Josefa, Josefina, Josefine, Joseph, Josephine, Josette and Josie. (2015 statistics).
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