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What does Josh mean?

Josh \j(o)-sh\ as a name for boys has the meaning "Jehovah is salvation". Josh is a form of Joshua (Hebrew). A somewhat scarce boys' name.


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%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Josh and related names. Joshua (#25 a year ago), Joshuah and Josue (#269) are the popular variation forms of Josh rated in the Top 1000. This boy name reached the peak of its popularity during the years 1980-1989 and has become significantly less popular since, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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.