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What does Josh mean?

Josh Pronunciation of Josh [josh] as a name for boys is a Hebrew name, and the meaning of Josh is "Jehovah is salvation". Josh is an alternate form of Joshua (Hebrew): short variation of Jehoshua.


6 related forms via Joshua: Joshuah, Joss, Josua, Josue, Joushua and Jozua.

Creative forms:
(male) Jesh, Jush, ..

(female) Josa, Joshi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Josh Rayyan (J.R.), ..

How popular is Josh?

Josh is a very popular first name for males (#437 out of 1220, Top 36%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#55732 out of 150436, Top 37%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Josh reached its apex position of #358 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #1413 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Joshua (#33 a year ago), Joshuah, Josua and Josue (#271) are the popular variation forms of Josh (#1413 a year ago). These forms of Josh reached the peak of their popularity 4 decades ago (adoption of 2.19%) and have become significantly less common since (adoption 0.59%, 73%), with versions like Josh becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Josh, Joshua, Joshuah, Josua, Josue in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Josh, Joshua outside U.S.

Similar Names

Josh is pronounced similarly to Joash. Other suggested similar names are Ash, Cash, Enosh, Fish, Jase, Jasha, Jeh, Jess, Jeth, Jo, Joab, Joao, Job, Jobe, Joby, Jock, Jodi, Jody, Joe, Joed, Joel, Joey, John, Jon, Jona, Jonah, Jonn, Joop, Joos, Joost, Jorg, Jori, Jorn, Jory, Jose, Josef, Josep, Joseph, Josia, Josiah, Josif, Josip, Jove, Jovi, Just, Nash and Rush. These names tend to be less commonly used than Josh.

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