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What does Joseph mean?

Joseph Pronunciation of Joseph as a boys' name is pronounced JOH-sef. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Joseph is "Jehovah increases". Biblical: the son of Jacob who, sold by his brothers into slavery, but later became a supreme power in Egypt. Also Jesus' earthly father, a carpenter. See also Joe. Actors Josef Sommer, Joseph Fiennes; writers Joseph Conrad, Joseph Wambaugh; revolutionary Che Guevara; painter Joseph M. W. Turner.


ASSOCIATED WITH biblical, power


VARIANTS Che, Giuseppe, Giuseppino, Iosef, Iosep, Iosif, Iosip, Jessop, Jessup, Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joey, Joop, Joos, Jose, Josef, Joseito, Joselito, Josep, Josip, Josif, Josephe, Josephus, Joss, Josue, Joszef, Jozef, Osip, Pepe, Pepito, Peppi, Pino, Pipo, Sepp, Seppi, Yousef, Yusif, Yussuf, Yusuf, Yusup, Yuszef

FEMININE FORMS Jody, Jolene, Josephine, Marjo, Pepita, Yosepha



Joseph Christopher (J.C.), ..

How popular is Joseph?

Joseph is a very popular first name for men (#9 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#356 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Joseph reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #23 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Che, Giuseppe (#1651 A YEAR AGO), Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joe (#695), Joey (#742), Jose (#89), Josef (#1819), Joselito, Josephus, Josue (#225), Yousef (#790) and Yusuf (#567) are the prominent variation forms of Joseph (#23) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Joseph reached the peak of their popularity in the 1910s (MEDIAN #1480) and are now much less common (#1287, 72%), with forms such as Joe becoming less trendy. Josue, Yousef and Yusuf are three of the more fashionable baby names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joseph, Che, Giuseppe, Jo, Jodi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jodie, Jody, Joe, Joey, Jose in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Josef, Joselito, Josephus, Josue, Yousef, Yusuf in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Joseph, Joe, Joey, Josef outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Asaph, Asiph, Dolph, Jabesh, Janesh, Jareth, Jase, Jasen, Jeh, Jereth, Jesiah, Jeth, Joash, Jobe, Joben, Jodey, Joed, Joel, Joell, Joeri, Jomei, Jonah, Jones, Jorel, Jorell, Joren, Jorey, Josh, Joshua, Joshuah, Josia, Josiah, Josias, Joslin, Josua, Jove, Joziah, Rolph and Zeph. These names tend to be less commonly used than Joseph.

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