Meaning and Name Origin
Josephine \j(o)-sephi-ne, jos(e)-phine\ 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.
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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Posy.
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. during 1910-1919, and is at #147 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Josephine and corresponding names. 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 the years 1930-1939 and has become much less since, 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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)