What does Josh mean?
Josh /josh/ [1 syll.] as a name for boys. Josh's name origin is Hebrew, and the meaning of Josh is "Jehovah is salvation". Josh is an alternate form of Joshua (Hebrew): short variation of Jehoshua. Compare surname Joshi.
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)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Josh for boys. Josh reached its apex position of #357 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
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%, ▼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)