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Meaning and Name Origin

Joshua \j(o)-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.


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

For more on this name, see also related boy names Jason, Jesse, Jesus and Zachary.


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 (#8189 out of 88799, Top 9%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Joshua and related names. Jason (#75 the previous year), Zachary (#82), Jesus (#111), Jesse (#174), Josue (#269), Josh and Joshuah are the prominent related forms of Joshua (#25 the previous year). These boy names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1980-1989 and are now significantly less widespread, with the version Josh becoming less stylish. The trendier birth names here are Jason (#75), Joshua (#25), Zachary (#82), Jesus (#111) and Josue (#269), with Jason and Joshua going through a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Similar Names

Joshua is alike in pronunciation to Jasha. Another suggested similar baby name is Josia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Joshua.