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What does Japheth mean?

Japheth \j(a)-phe-th\ as a boys' name is pronounced JAY-feth. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Japheth is "may he expand". Biblical: the oldest of Noah's three sons.

For more information, see also the related boy name Yaphet.


Japheth is an unusual given name for men and an unusual last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Japheth for boys. Japheth has yet to make it into the Top 1000 so far. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Japhet and Yapheth. Like Japheth, these names are not frequently used.