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Pronunciation

ʤoʊsəf

Origin

English, German, French

Meaning

An attractively gentle and soft-sounding name with a bold old Hebrew meaning, 'increase' or 'reinforce'. This charming name became popular only after the 16th century, but from that moment on, it was a noble favorite, especially in the families ruling the Holy Roman Empire and Portugal. Beautifully all-inclusive, the name Joseph is found in Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures. Cute nicknames are Jo, Joey and Josh.

Rank in the year 2015

Joseph was ranked #29 in the most popular American names of 2015.

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