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).
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).