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What does Joseph mean?

Joseph \j(o)-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.


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 2 more related forms via Joe: Joemar and Jomar.

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


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. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity 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 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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. Giuseppe, Jodie, Jody, Joe (#565 a year ago), Joey (#686), Jose (#76), Josef, Josephus, Josue (#269), Yousef (#766) and Yusuf (#589) are the prominent variation forms of Joseph (#20 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4424%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3358%, down 24.1%), with forms such as Jodie, Jody, Joe, Joey and Josef becoming somewhat dated. Josue (#269), Yousef (#766) and Yusuf (#589) are three of the more fashionable baby names in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Yousef, Yusuf in U.S.

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