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What does Josef mean?

Josef /jo-sef/ as a name for boys. Josef's name origin is Hebrew, and the name Josef means "Jehovah increases". Josef is an alternate form, with the suffix -f, of Joseph (Hebrew). Biblical: the son of Jacob who.


Josef has 1 variant: Josephe.

Josef has 24 more alternative forms via Joseph: Iosef, Iosep, Iosif, Iosip, Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joey, Joop, Joos, Jose, Joseito, Josep, Josif, Josip, Joss, Josue, Joszef, Jozef, Yousef, Yusif, Yusuf and Yuszef.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Jesef, Jussef, ..

(female) Jole, Josa, ..

How popular is Josef?

Josef is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#867 out of 1220, Top 71%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#62775 out of 150436, Top 42%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


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

Presented below is the baby name history of Josef for boys. Josef entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #722 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is currently at #1446. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the history of Josef and corresponding names. Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joey (#686 in recent rankings), Jose (#76), Joseph (#20), Josue (#269), Yousef (#766) and Yusuf (#589) are the prominent variation forms of Josef (#1446 in recent rankings) appearing in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Joss, are uncommon. These relations of Josef were favored 104 years ago (average #1509) and have become significantly less widespread since (#1077, 62.1% less usage), with versions such as Joey becoming less stylish. Yousef and Yusuf are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Josef, Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joey, Jose, Joseph, Josue, Yousef, Yusuf in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Josef, Joseph outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Jase, Jasen, Jobe, Joben, Jodey, Joe, Joed, Joel, Jomei, Jones, Jorel, Joren, Jorey, Josh, Josia, Josua, Jove, Yosef and Yusef. These names tend to be less commonly used than Josef.