What does Hosea mean?
Hosea /ho-sea/ as a boys' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Hosea is "salvation".
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)
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)
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)