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What does Jesus mean?

Jesus Pronunciation of Jesus as a boys' name is pronounced JEE-zus, hay-SOOS. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jesus is "the Lord is salvation". Short form of Joshua, from the Hebrew name Jehoshua. The name of the biblical Christ is very frequently used as a given name in Hispanic cultures.

ASSOCIATED WITH Je-, -us, biblical



ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA JOSHUA Josh, Joss, Josua, Josue, Jozua


(male) Jasus, ..

(female) Jesa, ..

Jesus Ernesto (J.E.), ..

How popular is Jesus?

Jesus is a very popular first name for males (#129 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#15286 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Jesus reached its peak position of #66 in the U.S. in 2002, and is presently at #128. (2015 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jesus name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Christ, Josh (#1413 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Joshua (#33), Josua and Josue (#271) are the prominent varying forms of Jesus (#128) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Jesus were at the peak of their popularity in the 1980s (ADOPTION OF 2.3%) and have become much less widespread since (ADOPTION 0.8%, 67.7%).

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

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

Similar Names

Jesus is pronounced similarly to Josias. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Bemus, Celsus, Cetus, Deus, Festus, Janus, Jasun, Jehu, Jens, Jess, Jesse, Jessup, Jessy, Justus, Lexus, Remus, Ursus and Zeus. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jesus.

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