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What does Joseph mean?

Joseph /jo-se-ph/ as a boys' 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.

Associated with: biblical, power


Joseph has 43 variants: Che, Giuseppe, Giuseppino, Iosef, Iosep, Iosif, Iosip, Jessop, Jessup, Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joey, Joop, Joos, Jose, Josef, Joseito, Joselito, Josep, Josephe, Josephus, Josif, Josip, Joss, Josue, Joszef, Jozef, Osip, Pepe, Pepito, Peppi, Pino, Pipo, Sepp, Seppi, Yousef, Yusif, Yussuf, Yusuf, Yusup and Yuszef.

Joseph has 6 feminine forms: Jody, Jolene, Josephine, Marjo, Pepita and Yosepha.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Jaseph, Joseve, ..

(female) Joseja, Josevi, ..

How popular is Joseph?

Joseph is a very popular first name for men (#9 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#356 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


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

Shown below is the baby name statistics of Joseph for boys. Joseph reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #20 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Joseph and corresponding names. Che, Giuseppe (#1355 a year ago), Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joe (#565), Joey (#686), Jose (#76), Josef (#1446), Joselito, Josephus, Josue (#269), Yousef (#766) and Yusuf (#589) are the prominent variation forms of Joseph (#20 a year ago) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Joseph reached the peak of their popularity in the 1910s (median #1480) and are now much less common (#1235, 68%), with forms such as Jody becoming less trendy. Yousef and Yusuf are two of the more fashionable baby names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joseph, Che, Giuseppe, Jo, Jodi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jodie, Jody, Joe, Joey, Jose in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Josef, Joselito, Josephus, Josue, Yousef, Yusuf in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Asaph, Asiph, Dolph, Jabesh, Janesh, Jareth, Jase, Jasen, Jeh, Jereth, Jesiah, Jeth, Joash, Jobe, Joben, Jodey, Joed, Joel, Joell, Joeri, Jomei, Jonah, Jones, Jorel, Jorell, Joren, Jorey, Josh, Joshua, Joshuah, Josia, Josiah, Josias, Joslin, Josua, Jove, Joziah, Rolph and Zeph. These names tend to be less commonly used than Joseph.