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Meaning and Name Origin

Josef \j(o)-sef\ as a name for boys means "Jehovah increases". Josef is a form of Joseph (Hebrew). Fairly unconventional as a boys' name.


Josef has 1 variant: Josephe.

Josef has 41 more alternative forms via Joseph: Che, Giuseppe, Giuseppino, Iosef, Iosep, Iosif, Iosip, Jessop, Jessup, Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joey, Joop, Joos, Jose, Joseito, Joselito, Josep, Josephus, Josif, Josip, Joss, Josue, Joszef, Jozef, Osip, Pepe, Pepito, Peppi, Pino, Pipo, Sepp, Seppi, Yousef, Yusif, Yussuf, Yusuf, Yusup and Yuszef.


Josef is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#867 out of 1220, Top 71%) and also a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#71618 out of 88799, Top 81%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Josef for boys. Josef entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #505 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 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 usage of Josef and corresponding names. Giuseppe, Jodie, Jody, Joey (#686 in 2014), Jose (#76), Joseph (#20), Josephus, Josue (#269), Yousef (#766) and Yusuf (#589) are the prominent variation forms of Josef. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during 1970-1979 and are somewhat less popular today, with the versions Giuseppe, Jodie, Jody, Joey and Josef becoming somewhat outmoded. Josue (#269), Yousef (#766) and Yusuf (#589) are three of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this list. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Giuseppe, Jodie, Jody, Joey, Jose, Josef, Joseph, Josephus, Josue, Yousef, Yusuf in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A recommended similar baby name is Yosef. This name tends to be less commonly used than Josef.