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Region of originScandinavia

Joakim or Joacim is a male given name primarily used in Scandinavian languages[1][2] and Finnish.[3][4] It is derived from a transliteration of the Hebrew יהוֹיָקִים, and literally means "lifted by Jehovah".

In the Old Testament, Jehoiakim was a king of Judah. In deutero-canonical texts, Joakim is the husband of Susanna, the central character in the narrative of Susanna (Daniel 13),[5] and the high priest who leads the people of Israel in prayer in the Book of Judith.[6]

In the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican traditions, Saint Joachim was the husband of Saint Anne and the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The story of Joachim and Anne appears first in the apocryphal Gospel of James: Joachim and Anne are not mentioned in the Bible.[7]

Notable people with the name Joakim or Joacim include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brylla, E. (2004). Förnamn i Sverige – Kortfattat namnlexikon. Liber, Stockholm. ISBN 9789147051175.
  2. ^ Villarsen Meldgaard, E. (1994). Den store navnebog. Aschehoug, Copenhagen. ISBN 9788711126356.
  3. ^ Vilkuna, K. (2005). Etunimet. Otava, Helsinki. ISBN 9511188925.
  4. ^ Blomqvist, M. (2006). Vad heter finlandssvenskarna? Svenska folkskolans vänner, Helsinki. ISBN 9519087710
  5. ^ Daniel 13:1: New American Bible (Revised Edition)
  6. ^ Judith 4:6–8,14: New American Bible (Revised Edition)
  7. ^ Brownrigg, R., Brownrigg, C. (2001). Who's Who in the New Testament, p. T-62. ISBN 0-415-26036-1.