Josephine (given name)

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Josephine, Josefina
Pronunciation /səfn/
French: [ʒo.ze.fin]
German: [joːzəfiːnə]
Gender Female
Word/name Hebrew
Meaning "She shall add"
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 "Jehovah 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. The Swedish version is Josefine.

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


  • 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)
  • Josephina (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)
  • Јосефина, Josefina (Serbian)
  • Josefina (Spanish)
  • Josefina (Swedish)
  • ஜோசபின், Jōcapiṉ (Tamil)
  • జోసెఫిన్, Jōsephin (Telugu)
  • โจเซฟิน, Cosefin (Thai)
  • Жозефіна, Zhozefina (Ukrainian)
  • דזשאָסעפינע, Dzşʼásʻpynʻ (Yiddish)


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, Anne and Zeph.


Main article: Joseph (name)

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