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What does Josiah mean?

Josiah Pronunciation of Josiah [josi-ah] as a boys' name is pronounced jo-SYE-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Josiah is "Jehovah helps". Biblical: king of Judah at age eight after his father was assassinated, Josiah ruled well for 31 years. Porcelain entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood.

Associated with: helps (counsel), biblical.


Josiah has 3 variants: Josia, Josias and Joziah.

Creative forms:
(male) Josija, ..

(female) Josija, ..

Middle name pairings:
Josiah Ishan (J.I.), ..

How popular is Josiah?

Josiah is a somewhat popular first name for males (#913 out of 1220, Top 75%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#52403 out of 150436, Top 35%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Josiah reached its apex rank of #57 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Josiah (#57 in recent rankings) listed in the Top 2000 are Josias (#1235 in recent rankings) and Joziah (#753). Adoption of these relations of Josiah is well-received today (median #681). Josiah has been the most well-known version, though Joziah has gained in usage.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Josiah, Josias, Joziah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Josiah and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Josiah is alike in pronunciation to Jesiah, Josue and Jozua. Other suggested similar names are Abiah, Aviah, Azriah, Isaiah, Isiah, Issiah, Izaiah, Iziah, Jacian, Jarah, Jarrah, Jasha, Jasin, Jaspar, Jediah, Jerah, Jeriah, Jerrah, Jian, Joab, Joao, Joash, Jodi, Jodie, Johan, Johar, Jomahl, Jomal, Jomar, Jona, Jonah, Jonas, Jontae, Joran, Jordan, Jordao, Jorgan, Jori, Jorian, Jorim, Joris, Jose, Josef, Joseito, Josep, Joseph, Josephe, Josh, Joshua, Joshuah, Josif, Josip, Joss, Josua, Joszef, Jotham, Jovan, Jovi, Jovito, Judah, Julian, Jurian, Mosiah, Noah, Tobiah, Toviah, Tovyah, Ukiah, Uriah, Uziah, Uzziah and Zariah. These names tend to be less frequently used than Josiah.

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