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Joseph, son of Jacob
Pronunciation /ˈzf/ or /ˈsf/
Gender Male
Name day March 19
Word/name Hebrew
Region of origin Palestine
Other names
Related names Joe, Joey, Jojo, John, Josiah, Josias, Josh, Joshua, Jeshua, Jesse, Jess, Joss, Joy, Joyce, Julius, Jules, Jose, Josephus, José, Joseba, Giuseppe, Yoseph, Yusuf, Seph, Sepp, Seth, Steph, Joan, Joanne, Joanna, Jones, Jonas, Jolyon, Joel, Yoel, Jo, Josie, Josephine, Josephina, Juuso

Joseph is a masculine given name originating from Hebrew, recorded in the Hebrew Bible, as יוֹסֵף, Standard Hebrew Yossef, Tiberian Hebrew and Aramaic Yôsēp̄. The name can be translated from Hebrew יוסף יהוה yosef YHWH as signifying "Yahweh will/shall increase/add".[citation needed]

The name appears already in the book of Genesis:[1] Joseph is Jacob's eleventh son and Rachel's first son, and known in the Jewish Bible as Yossef ben-Yaakov.[2]

In the New Testament there are two others named Joseph: 1) Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus; and, 2) Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Jesus who supplied the tomb in which Jesus was buried.

The form "Joseph"[3] is used mostly in English, French and German-speaking countries. In Arabic, including in the Qur'an, the name is spelled يوسف or Yūsuf. The name has enjoyed significant popularity in its many forms in numerous countries, and Joseph was one of the two names, along with Robert, to have remained in the top 10 boys' names list in the US from 1925 to 1972.[4] It is especially common in contemporary Israel, as either "Yossi" or "Yossef", and in Italy, where the name "Giuseppe" was the most common male name in the 20th century.

Common nicknames[edit]

Diminutives of Joseph include Joe and Joey. Others include Joss and Jody. The feminine form of the name, Josephine, is commonly abbreviated to Jo.

Variations in other languages[edit]

Variations for males include:[5]

Female forms[edit]

Main article: Josephine (name)



Biblical figures[edit]





Josef (Czech variant name Joseph) was the most frequent name in the Czech Lands up to year 1951.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Genesis 30:24
  2. ^ "JACOB, also called Israel". Retrieved 10 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ "JOSEPH". Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Frank Nuessel (1992). The Study of Names: A Guide to the Principles and Topics. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 10. Retrieved 11 September 2013.   – via Questia (subscription required)
  5. ^ Behind the Name – the Etymology and History of First Names
  6. ^ In Portuguese, Flavius Josephus, the author of the Jewish Antiquities is known as Flávio Josefo.