Yehoshua (surname)

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This article is about the surname "Yehoshua". For "Yehoshua" used as a given name, see Joshua (name). For other uses, see Yehoshua.

Yehoshua is a Hebrew surname that is presumably derived directly from the English transliteration of יהושע‎, which means roughly "YHWH rescues" or "YHWH is salvation".[1][2]

"Yehoshua" יהושע‎ was also the Hebrew name for Joshua and has been used as a masculine given name. A common alternative form of the name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ ("Yehoshuah" - Joshua) in later books of the Hebrew Bible and among Jews of the Second Temple period is ישוע yēšūă‘.

This surname is sufficiently rare to apparently not appear in the United States Census of 1990.[3]

This surname is shared by several notable people:

  • A. B. Yehoshua (born 1936), Israeli novelist, essayist, and playwright
  • Itzhak Yehoshua (born 1962), Chief Rabbi of the Bukharian Jews in the United States

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  1. ^ A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament Francis Brown, with S.R. Driver and C.A. Briggs, based on the lexicon of William Gesenius. Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 221 & 446
  2. ^ Blue Letter Bible. "Dictionary and Word Search for Yĕhowshuwa` (Strong's 03091)". Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2008. 16 Feb 2008.
  3. ^ Surnames [Last Names] Starting With "Y" in the United States