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.

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Comments and insights on the name Joshua: | Edit

Joshua is now known as a good, safe, contemporary name that is proving to work well on adults as well as children. Considering this name became VERY popular among the general population twenty or thirty years ago, we are beginning to see how it stands up to aging; in my opinion it works very well on males of any age. Although it is a name that is commonly associated with younger people today, it does not sound infantile or juvenile. And although this name will inevitably be shortened to "Josh," the nickname is one that works well, too. This name is very popular in Jewish-American communities, but is also heavily bestowed to non-Jewish children.

Personal experiences with the name Joshua: | Edit

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.

My husband's name is also Joshua. He's 26, so, born in the 80's. I LOVE his name also, even if it is fairly popular. It will be one of our son's middle names.

Most Joshuas I know are cute and players.

We always teased my brother bc he was not joshing.

I went to school with a guy named Joshua. He happened to be one of the most popular guys at school and a jock. So, this name always makes me think of the preppy, athletic prom king type.

My brother's name is Joshua, and he always insists on Joshua, not Josh. He's a very sweet and loveable man, and a very protective older brother. Despite other comments on Joshuas being preppy, athletic, "players," my brother is shy around women and more of a clown than a prep.

I always used to think the name Joshua didn't look right. You know, with the "h" usually at the end of "a" names for boys, like Jeremiah or Noah... But then now I think "Joshuah" doesn't look right. Too many "h's" close together.

Nicknames for Joshua: | Edit

Josh, Joshy, Joe, Smosh, Jos, Josi
Jo-Jo the Hobo,

I have 2 older brothers Maxwell and Joshua and in my moms phone Josh is in as Joshi, but we call him Josh, poshy joshy, Joshua. Were jewish so my dad calls him Yoshua Chanan. And my dad also calls him Pudgy Bunny, pudge or J-Bird like the song
my cousin Zach when he and josh were little couldn't say Joshua so he called josh Duckwa and Josh called Zachary Dufus

Meanings and history of the name Joshua: | Edit

hebrew name,means john, jesus

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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