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What does Joshua mean?

Joshua Pronunciation of Joshua 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.




VARIANTS Jehoshua, Josh, Joshuah, Joss, Josua, Josue, Joushua, Jozua, Yehoshua

SEE ALSO Hosea, Jason, Jesse, Jesus, Zachary



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How popular is Joshua?

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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Joshua reached its peak rank of #3 in the U.S. in 2006, and is currently at #41. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Jason (#100 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Zachary (#109), Jesus (#148), Jesse (#185), Josue (#225), Josh (#1514), Hosea, Joshuah, Josua and Yehoshua are the prominent related forms of Joshua (#41) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Joshua were at the height of their popularity 4 decades ago (USAGE OF 4.94%) and are now significantly less conventional (USAGE 1.18%, 76.1%). Jesse has historically been the top pick of parents, though Josue has become popular as well, while versions like Hosea have become less contemporary.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joshua, Hosea, Jason, Jesse, Jesus in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Josh, Joshuah, Josua, Josue, Yehoshua, Zachary in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Joshua is alike in pronunciation to Jascha and Jasha. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Hoshea, Jasun, Jehu, Jesous, Jessup, Joash, Johan, Johar, John, Johnn, Johon, Jona, Jose, Josef, Josep, Joseph, Josephus, Josia, Josiah, Josias, Josif, Josip, Joslin, Josquin, Joszef, Jotham, Justus and Nashua. These names tend to be less frequently used than Joshua.

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