Meaning and Name Origin
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)
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)
A recommended similar baby name is Yosef. This name tends to be less commonly used than Josef.