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Meaningwill add or praise, fame taken away
Other names
Variant form(s)Yossef
Short form(s)Yossi, Yosi
See alsoJoseph, Yusuf

Yosef (Hebrew: יוֹסֵף Yōsef, lit.'he will add'; also transliterated as Yossef, Josef, Yoseph Tiberian Hebrew and Aramaic Yôsēp̄) is a Hebrew male name derived from the Biblical character Joseph. The name can also consist of the Hebrew yadah meaning "praise", "fame" and the word asaf. It is the Hebrew equivalent of the English name Joseph, and the Arabic name Yusuf.

The name appears 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 Christian culture, the name has the additional significance of being the name of Saint Joseph, described in the canonical gospels as the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus, and Jesus' legal father.

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')
  • Ya'akov Yosef (1946–2013), Israeli rabbi and member of the Knesset

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0130.htm (כד וַתִּקְרָא אֶת-שְׁמוֹ יוֹסֵף, לֵאמֹר: יֹסֵף יְהוָה לִי, בֵּן אַחֵר. 24 And she called his name Joseph, saying: 'The LORD add to me another son.')
  2. ^ "Yosef". Oh Baby! Names. Oct 2, 2018. Retrieved Sep 23, 2019.