Joshua: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Joshua

Joshua

Pronunciation: JAH-shoo-ə (key)

Origin of the name Joshua:

Derived from the Hebrew Yehoshua, which is from yehōshū’a (Jehovah is help, God is salvation). The name is born in the Bible by Moses’ successor, who led the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Short: Josh.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Joshua: | Edit

Joshua is an extremely attractive, popular, masculine name for a baby boy. Pronounced Jaw-shoo-uh.

Personal experiences with the name Joshua: | Edit

An extremely close friend of mine's name is Joshua. Most people always call him Josh, but I really like to call him Joshua. He is a REALLY fun guy! Like, he's SUPER hyper and exciting and wacky and whimsical and... AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! He's adorable. I love him. I love, love, love my Joshua. This name is amazing, I rate it ten million thumbs up. I LOOOOOOVE YOU, JOSH!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 =)

My husband's name is Joshua, and I love his name. I've always envisioned the name Joshua as a name that carries youth, strength, and intelligence, not to mention attractiveness.

When I think of Joshua I think of a sweet, loving, affectionate "mushball".

Nicknames for Joshua: | Edit

Josh, Joshy, Joe, Smosh, Jos, Jo-Jo.

Meanings and history of the name Joshua: | Edit

Meanings of the name "Joshua".

Biblical:
A savior; a deliverer.

American:
A savior; a deliverer.

Hebrew:
Jehovah is generous. Jehovah saves. Fact: In the Old Testament, Joshua was chosen to succeed Moses as leader of the Israelites for their journey to the Promised Land.

Famous real-life people named Joshua: | Edit

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain the hero at Little Round Top at the battle of Gettysburg, was originally born in Maine and a professor of rhetoric at Bowdoin College. Eventually he was promoted to Brig. Gen. and was given the honor by Gen. Grant to command the troops that accepted the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox. After the war he became the Governor of Maine and President of Bowdoin College.
Joshua Jackson (Dawson's Creek actor)
Joshua Bell, Violinist
Joshua Redman, Jazz Saxophonist
Joshua Radin, Singer/Songwriter
Joshua davies photographer
Joshua Cribbs, NFL player, Cleveland Browns
Joshua Applestone, butcher, Fleisher's Grassfed and Organic Meats
Joshua Moore, guitarist for the band We Came As Romans

Joshua in song, story & screen: | Edit

The Joshua tree-U2

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