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