What does Hosea mean?
Hosea [hosea] as a boys' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Hosea is "salvation". From Hoshea. Biblical: a prophet from the Old Testament. The name was used by the Puritans. Joshua is a related name.
(male) Hasea, Hesea, ..
(female) Hona, Hose, .. Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Hosea?
Hosea is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#1163 out of 1220, Top 95%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#15252 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Hosea reached its highest rank of #462 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Hosea are Josh (#1413 last year), Joshua (#33), Josua and Josue (#271). Other forms, like Jozua, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Hosea was more pronounced in the 1980s (average #949) and is now significantly reduced (#1143, ▼73.1%), with versions like Hosea becoming less in vogue.
Hosea▼ is alike in pronunciation to Jose. Other recommended names are Boslea (see Bosley), Hesed, Hobey, Homer▼, Horslea (see Horsley), Hosni, Howe and Howel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hosea.See names in meaning and etymology.