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What does Josh mean?

Josh \j(o)-sh\ as a name for boys. Josh's name origin is Hebrew, and the meaning of Josh is "Jehovah is salvation". Josh is a form of Joshua (Hebrew): short form of Jehoshua.


Josh has 8 related forms via Joshua: Jehoshua, Joshuah, Joss, Josua, Josue, Joushua, Jozua and Yehoshua.


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)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Josh for boys. Josh reached its apex position of #357 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Joshua (#25 a year ago), Joshuah and Josue (#269) are the popular variation forms of Josh. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.5433%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.4265%, down 21.5%), with the version Josh becoming less fashionable. Joshua (#25) and Josue (#269) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this list, with Joshua undergoing a rebound in popularity. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Josh and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Josh, Joshua, Joshuah, 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 baby names are Jase, Jasha, Jess, Jock, Joos, Jose, Josia and Josiah. These names tend to be less commonly used than Josh.