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What does Jesus mean?

Jesus /je-sus/ 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: biblical.


Jesus has 1 variant: Jesous.

Jesus has 5 more alternative forms via Joshua: Josh, Joss, Josua, Josue and Jozua.

Jesus has 2 feminine forms: Fadia and Jesusa.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Jasus, Jedsus, ..

(female) Jesusca, Jesusie, ..

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)


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

Charted below is the birth name history of Jesus for boys. Jesus reached its peak position of #66 in the U.S. in 2002, and is presently at #111. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Christ, Josh (#1148 in recent rankings), Joshua (#25), Josua and Josue (#269) are the prominent varying forms of Jesus (#111 in recent rankings) 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%, 64.5%).

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 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.