What does Joshua mean?
Joshua [joshua] 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.
Associated with: biblical.
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How popular is Joshua?
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 (#10344 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Charted below is the baby name statistics of Joshua for boys. Joshua reached its peak rank of #3 in the U.S. in 2006, and is currently at #33. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Jason (#86 the previous year), Zachary (#88), Jesus (#128), Jesse (#178), Josue (#271), Josh (#1413), Yehoshua, Hosea, Joshuah and Josua are the prominent related forms of Joshua (#33 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Joshua were at the height of their popularity 4 decades ago (usage of 4.94%) and are now significantly less conventional (usage 1.39%, ▼71.8%).
Joshua▼ is alike in pronunciation to Jascha and Jasha. Other suggested similar names are Hoshea, Jasun, Jehu, Jesous, Jessup, Joash, Johan▲, Johar, John▼, Johnn, Johon, Jona, Jose, Josef, Josep, Joseph▼, Josephus, Josia, Josiah▲, Josias, Josif, Josip, Joslin, Josquin, Joszef, Jotham, Justus▲ and Nashua. These names tend to be less frequently used than Joshua.See names in meaning and etymology.