Josephine (given name)

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Josephine, Josefina
Pronunciation /ˈsəfn, -zə-/
French: [ʒozefin]
German: [joːzəˈfiːnə]
Gender Female
Origin
Word/name Hebrew
Meaning "(God) shall grow"
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 "(YHWH) shall grow."

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Originally a diminutive form of the French name Joséphe, Joséphine became the standard form in the 19th century, replacing Joséphe, which eventually became a very rare name. In 2017, Josephine was the 107th most popular girls' baby name in the USA.[1] Diminutive forms of this name include Fifi, Jo, Josie, Joetta and Jojo. Other language variants include the Irish version Seosaimhín, the Spanish version Josefina or Josephina, and the Greek version Iosiphina (Greek: Ιωσηφίνα). Alternate spellings include Yosefina and Gosefine. The Swedish version is Josefine.

The name started gaining popularity after 1800 due to the high profile of Joséphine de Beauharnais, a French noblewoman who became Napoleon's mistress and later his wife and Empress of the French.

Translations[edit]

  • جوزفين (Arabic)
  • Жазэфіна, Žazefina (Belarusian)
  • 约瑟芬, Yuēsèfēn (Chinese Simplified)
  • 約瑟芬, Yuēsèfēn (Chinese Traditional)
  • Jozefina, Finka, Ina (Croatian)
  • Jozefien, Josefien, Fien (Dutch)
  • Josephine (English)
  • Josefine (German)
  • Ιωσηφίνα, Io̱si̱fína (Greek)
  • જોસેફાઈન, Jōsēphā'īna (Gujarati)
  • Josefiina (Finnish)
  • Joséphine, Fifi, Josette, Josiane (French)
  • ג'וזפין (Hebrew)
  • जोसफिन, Jōsaphina (Hindi)
  • Jozefina, Jozefin, Jozefa (Hungarian)
  • Giuseppina (Italian)
  • ジョセフィン, Josefin (Japanese)
  • ಜೋಸೆಫೀನ್, Jōsephīn (Kannada)
  • 조세핀, Josepin (Korean)
  • Џозефин, Džozefin (Macedonian)
  • Жозефина, Jozyefina (Mongolian)
  • जोसेफिन, Jōsēphina (Nepali)
  • ژوزفین (Persian)
  • Józefina (Polish)
  • Josefina (Portuguese)
  • Жозефина, Zhozefina (Russian)
  • Iosefina (Samoan)
  • Јосефина, Josefina (Serbian)
  • Josefina (Spanish)
  • Josefina (Swedish)
  • ஜோசபின், Jōcapiṉ (Tamil)
  • జోసెఫిన్, Jōsephin (Telugu)
  • โจเซฟิน, Cosefin (Thai)
  • Жозефіна, Zhozefina (Ukrainian)
  • דזשאָסעפינע, Dzşʼásʻpynʻ (Yiddish)

Nicknames[edit]

Jobe, Jowse, Fi, Fientje, Fifi, Fike, Fina, Jael, Jo, Joephy, Joey, Joja, Jojo, Jos, Josa, Josie, Jossan, Jovi, Johnny, Jussus, Juza, Peppa, Posy, Sefi, Sefina, Sephine, Sophie.

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People with the given name Josephine[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ OACT. "Popular Baby Names". www.ssa.gov. Retrieved 2018-05-28.