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pinWhat does Hosea mean?

Hosea /ho-sea/ 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.


Hosea has 3 variants: Hoseia, Hoshea and Hosheia.

Hosea has 5 more related forms via Joshua: Josh, Joss, Josua, Josue and Jozua.

Kreatif forms: Hasea, Hesea, Heusea. [more]

pinHow 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)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Hosea for boys. Hosea reached its highest rank of #461 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Hosea and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Hosea are Josh, Joshua (#25 last year) and Josue (#269). Other forms, like Josua, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Hosea was more pronounced during 1980-1989 (average #462) and is somewhat less today (#573, 20.7%), with the versions Hosea and Josh becoming less in vogue. Joshua and Josue are two of the more trendy names for newborns here, and there is also a revival in birth name usage for Joshua. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Hosea, Josh, Joshua, Josue in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Josh, Joshua outside U.S.

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Hosea is alike in pronunciation to Jose. Other recommended similar baby names are Hawes, Hayes, Hec, Heshi, Hough and Hoyce. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hosea.