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Meaning and name origin
Joseph \j(o)-se-ph\ as a boy's name is pronounced JOH-sef. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Joseph is "Jehovah increases". Biblical: the son of Jacob who, sold by his brothers into slavery, but later became a supreme power in Egypt. Also Jesus' earthly father, a carpenter. See also Joe. Actors Josef Sommer, Joseph Fiennes; writers Joseph Conrad, Joseph Wambaugh; revolutionary Che Guevara; painter Joseph M. W. Turner.
Joseph has 43 variant forms: Che, Giuseppe, Giuseppino, Iosef, Iosep, Iosif, Iosip, Jessop, Jessup, Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joey, Joop, Joos, Jose, Josef, Joseito, Joselito, Josep, Josip, Josif, Josephe, Josephus, Joss, Josue, Joszef, Jozef, Osip, Pepe, Pepito, Peppi, Pino, Pipo, Sepp, Seppi, Yousef, Yusif, Yussuf, Yusuf, Yusup and Yuszef.
Joseph is a very popular first name for males (#9 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#384 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Joseph for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Joseph and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Giuseppe, Jodie, Jody, Joe, Joey, Jose, Josef, Joseph, Josephus, Josue, Yousef and Yusuf. (2015 statistics).
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