Meaning and Name Origin
Joshua \j(o)-shua\ as a boys' name is pronounced JOSH-yoo-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Joshua is "Jehovah is salvation". Short form of Jehoshua. Biblical: Joshua was an attendant and helper to Moses during the Israelites' 40-year trek through the Sinai wilderness. He was appointed by God to lead the Israelites after the death of Moses. Painter Joshua Reynolds; director Joshua Logan; actors Josh Lucas, Josh Hartnett.
Joshua is a very prominent first name for males (#38 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#8189 out of 88799, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Joshua for boys. Joshua reached its peak rank of #3 in the U.S. in 2006, and is currently at #25. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Joshua and related names. Jason (#75 the previous year), Zachary (#82), Jesus (#111), Jesse (#174), Josue (#269), Josh and Joshuah are the prominent related forms of Joshua (#25 the previous year). These boy names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1980-1989 and are now significantly less widespread, with the version Josh becoming less stylish. The trendier birth names here are Jason (#75), Joshua (#25), Zachary (#82), Jesus (#111) and Josue (#269), with Jason and Joshua going through a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)