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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.

There are 6 feminine forms of Joseph: Jody, Jolene, Josephine, Marjo, Pepita and Yosepha.


Popularity

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).


Top 1000 baby names ranking of Joseph name in U.S.

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

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).


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, Jose, Josef, Joseph, Yusuf outside U.S.

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