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Meaning and name origin

Joshua \j(o)-shua\ as a boy's 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 has 9 variant forms: Jehoshua, Josh, Joshuah, Joss, Josua, Josue, Joushua, Jozua and Yehoshua.

For more information, see also related boy names Jason, Jesse, Jesus and Zachary.


Joshua is a very popular first name for males (#38 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#8189 out of 88799, Top 9%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Joshua for boys (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Joshua and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Joshua (#25), Jason (#75), Zachary (#82), Jesus (#111), Jesse (#174), Josue (#269), Josh and Joshuah. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Joshua, Jason, Zachary, Jesus, Jesse, Josue, Josh, Joshuah in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Joshua is also pronounced similarly to Jasha. Another suggested similar baby name is Josia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Joshua.