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What does Joshua mean?

Joshua /jo-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.

Associated with: biblical


Joshua has 9 variants: Jehoshua, Josh, Joshuah, Joss, Josua, Josue, Joushua, Jozua and Yehoshua.

Related boy names: Hosea, Jason, Jesse, Jesus and Zachary.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Jeshua, Jushua, ..

(female) Joshualie, Joshuana, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 #25. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joshua name in U.S.

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

Jason (#75 the previous year), Zachary (#82), Jesus (#111), Jesse (#174), Josue (#269), Josh (#1148), Yehoshua, Hosea, Joshuah and Josua are the prominent related forms of Joshua (#25 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Joshua were at the height of their popularity 3 decades ago (usage of 4.94%) and are now significantly less conventional (usage 1.52%, 69.3%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joshua, Hosea, Jason, Jesse, Jesus in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Josh, Joshuah, Josua, Josue, Yehoshua, Zachary in U.S.

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

Similar Names


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.