Josephine (given name)

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Gender Female
Word/Name Hebrew
Meaning "The Lord increases"
Other names
Related names Joseph, Joey, Joe, Josie, Josef

Josephine is a female given name. It is the English version of the French name Joséphine. This is the feminine form of the name Joseph, which is taken from the Hebrew name Yosef, meaning The Lord increases.


It was originally a diminutive form of the French name Joséphe, and eventually became the standard form in the 19th century, replacing Joséphe, which eventually became a very rare name. Josephine is now the 260th most popular name in the USA. Diminutive forms of this name include Fifi, Jo, Josie, Joetta and Jojo, an Irish version "Seosaimhín", the Spanish version "Josefina" or Josephina and the Greek version Iosiphina (Greek: Ιωσηφίνα). Also spelled Yosefina and Gosefine.


Jo, Josie, Posy, Jovi, Joephy, Sephine, Sefina, Sefi, Sophie, Fifi, Jojo, Joey, Josa, Josie Jo, Jael, Joja, Jos


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