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Pronunciation [ˈjoːsef]
Gender Male
Language(s) Hebrew
Language(s) Hebrew
Meaning YHWH will add
Other names
Variant form(s) Yossef
Short form(s) Yossi, Yosi
See also Joseph, Yusuf

Yosef (also transliterated as Yossef, Josef, Yoseph Tiberian Hebrew and Aramaic Yôsēp̄) is a male Hebrew name יוֹסֵף , from Hebrew יה-וה להוסיף YHWH Lhosif meaning "YHWH will increase/add". It is the Hebrew equivalent of the English name Joseph, and the Arabic name Yusuf.

Given name[edit]


  • Elie Yossef, Israeli-British educator and political activist
  • Jwan Yosef (1984–), Syrian-Swedish painter and artist
  • Menasheh ben Yosef ben Yisrael (1604–1657), Portuguese rabbi, kabbalist, writer, diplomat, printer and publisher, founder of the first Hebrew printing press (named Emeth Me'erets Titzmah')
  • Yaacov Yosef (1946–2013), Israeli rabbi and member of the Knesset

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