What does Joshua mean?
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.
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. 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Jason (#75 2 years ago), Zachary (#82), Jesus (#111), Jesse (#174), Josue (#269), Josh, Hosea and Joshuah are the prominent related forms of Joshua (#25 2 years ago) listed in the Top 1000. These forms of Joshua were at the height of their popularity during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.6641%) and are somewhat less conventional today (usage 0.5849%, ▼11.9%). Jesse has historically been picked by parents, while Zachary has become popular as well, and Hosea used to be popular. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Joshua and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)