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 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).
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).