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What 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.

Associated with: prophet, puritans


Hosea has 3 variants: Hoseia, Hoshea and Hosheia.

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

Kreatif forms:
(male) Hasea, Hesea, ..

(female) Hosa, Hose, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Hosea for boys. 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, 2014)

Top 2000 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 history of the boy name Hosea and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Hosea are Josh (#1148 last year), Joshua (#25), Josua and Josue (#269). 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 (#1088, 70.5%), with versions like Hosea becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hosea, Josh, Joshua, Josua, Josue in U.S.

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

Similar Names


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.