Joseph Name Meaning & Origin

Joseph

Pronunciation: JOH-sehf (key)

Origin of the name Joseph:

Derived from the Hebrew yōsēf (may he add, God shall add). The name is borne in the Bible by a favorite son of Jacob and Rachel (GEN. 30), by the husband of the Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus (MATT. 1), and by Joseph of Arimathea, a rich Jew and secret follower of Jesus, who helped take Jesus' body from the cross to prepare it for burial, and supposedly took the Holy Grail to England (JOHN 19).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Giuseppe, Joe, Joey, José, Josef, Jozeph, Yosef

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Jack, Jody, Joe, Joey, JoJo, Joss, Seppi, Jo, Seph, Jose, Joker, Johomo, Sep, Josebro, Jehosaphetz,Ossie,Joel, Jophiz

Meanings and history of the name Joseph

Of Hebrew origin, meaning "He will Increase," from Genesis 30:24: "And she called his name Joseph, saying: 'The LORD add to me another son.' "

Famous real-life people named Joseph

Joseph Louis aka "Fightin' Joe Louis" - American Boxer
Joe Frazier aka "Smokin' Joe Frazier" - American Boxer
Joe Kelly Jr red Sox pitcher
Joe Hill - Swedish-American labor activist and songwriter
Joey Ramone - American singer
Joe Namath- American Football player
Joe Montana- American Football player
Joe Pesci - American Comedian, Actor
Joseph Stalin - Dictator
Joseph Hillstrom King - American horror author and comic book writer, better known by his pen name Joe Hill
Joe DiMaggio - Baseball player
Joe Cocker- Musician
Joe Walsh - Musician
Joseph Conrad - Author
Joe Jonas - Musician
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, American actor
Joseph "Joe" Trohman, lead guitarist for the band Fall Out Boy
Joseph Fiennes, actor and brother of Ralph
Joseph "Joe" Jackson, Michael and Janet's father
Joseph "Joe" Biden, vice president of the United States
Joseph Heller, American writer
Joseph Campbell, inventor of Campbell's soup
Joseph McCarthy, US Senator
Joseph Lieberman, US Senator
Joseph Duggar, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 7th child (they have 19 children)
Joseph "Joe" Sugg, YouTuber known as ThatcherJoe, brother of Zoe Sugg (Zoella)
Joseph Morgan, British actor, plays Niklaus Mikaelson in the CW Network Shows The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Also plays Lysander in the 2011 film, Immortals.
Joseph Gilgun, British actor (Misfits, Preacher)
Joseph Gunnar Lee (b. 2007), son of American actress, singer, model, writer, producer, and director Traci Lords
Joseph "Joe" Gatto, star of TV's "Impractical Jokers"
Joseph Smith jr., Prophet of God

Joseph in song, story & screen

Joe Gargery, the blacksmith and Pip's loving and protective father-figure in Dicken's novel Great Expectation. (The loveliest character in literature!)
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is a Musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The play is based on the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers.
St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary in the Bible
Joseph 'Seph' McCauley- Main Character of Cinda Williams Chima's novel The Wizard Heir.
Joseph Armstrong from Light From Heaven by Christmas Carol Kauffman
Joseph Quiner from The Little House series

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