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What does Yosef mean?

Yosef Pronunciation of Yosef [yosef] as a boys' name has its root in Hebrew, and the name Yosef means "the Lord increases". Yosef is an alternate spelling of Yusuf (Hebrew): form of Joseph.


Yosef has 3 variants: Yoseff, Yusef and Yusuff.

Creative forms:
(male) Yaasef, Yasef, ..

(female) Yone, Yose, ..

Middle name pairings:
Yosef Ruben (Y.R.), ..

How popular is Yosef?

Yosef is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#119644 out of 150436, Top 80%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Yosef was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its highest rank of #681 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is at #735 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Yosef (#735 a year ago) ranked in the Top 2000 are Yusef (#1940 a year ago) and Yusuf (#592). Adoption of these relations of Yosef was more pronounced among parents in 2014 and has remained as conventional to this day. Yosef and Yusuf are two of the more chic boy names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Yosef, Yusef, Yusuf in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Yosef is pronounced similarly to Asaf, Iosef, Iosif, Yousef, Yusif, Yussuf and Yuszef. Other suggested similar names are Josef, Joszef, Jozef and Yoel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Yosef.

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