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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, Top 3%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Josephine for girls. Josephine reached its highest rank of #23 in the U.S. in 1910-1919 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Josephine name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Josephine and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Josephine (#147), Josie (#254), Joseph, Josette, Josefine, Josefina, Joey, Joline, Josefa and Jo. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jo, Joey, Josefa, Josefina, Joseph, Josephine, Josette, Josie in U.S.

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