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What does Joshua mean?

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 (#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)

Top 1000 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 and Joshuah are the prominent related forms of Joshua (#25 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.7471%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.658%, down 11.9%), 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. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Joshua and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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.