Joseph

Joseph - A popular male name



  Dec 10,2018      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Joseph, meaning Jehovah increases, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #6. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Joseph and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Joseph? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Joseph. The baby boy name Joseph was given to 12,404 baby boys in 2012, ranking #20 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 132 baby boys were given this name - making this a popular male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Joseph peaked in popularity 106 years ago in 1912 on position 5.



Famous with this name

Joseph Fiennes
Joseph Mazzello
Joseph Oliveira


How would you rate Joseph, 1-5?

Rating: 4/5 (16 people)


Joseph is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Joseph is currently topping the baby name charts in New Jersey at position #3 - and is the least popular in Wyoming at position #56.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Joseph is where you live.


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  • BabyNameScience.com - Baby Name ExpertA few moments ago
    Looking for a popular and unique name? Just because Joseph is a popular baby name it doesn't mean that every other kid on the block will have the same name. In fact, assuming that little Joseph goes to a school with 500 kids there will actually be less than 2 other boys in that school with the same name. Unique and popular!

Joseph origin and meaning

Joseph is a 6 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means Jehovah increases. To see famous people named Joseph, pop culture references for the name Joseph and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Joseph

We've found the following names that sound similar to Joseph, sorted by popularity.

Jacob / Jeff / Jakob / Joesph / Jacoby / Josef / Jakobe / Jaycob / Jacobo / Jakub /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
201220
201122
201020
200915
200813
200713
200611
20059
20049
20037
20027
20018
20008
19998
199811
199712
199612
199512
199411
199312
199211
19919
199010
198911
198812
198712
198612
198510
198410
198311
198211
198111
198010
197911
197810
197710
197612
197512
197412
197312
197212
197115
197016
196915
196816
196715
196615
196511
196411
196313
196213
196112
196012
195913
195812
195712
195612
195513
195413
195313
195212
195114
195013
194914
194813
194714
194614
194514
194413
194313
194211
194112
194012
193912
193812
193712
193611
193510
193410
19339
19329
19319
19309
19299
19289
19279
19268
19257
19247
19237
19227
19217
19207
19197
19187
19175
19165
19155
19145
19135
19125
19116
19106

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
New Jersey3
New York6
Rhode Island9
Massachusetts11
Pennsylvania11
New Hampshire12
Alaska12
Connecticut14
South Carolina15
Montana15
Arizona19
Delaware19
Tennessee19
Louisiana20
Nebraska20
Illinois21
New Mexico21
Ohio22
Oklahoma22
California23
Missouri23
Alabama23
Nevada23
Florida24
Mississippi24
Michigan25
Maine26
Georgia26
Idaho26
Maryland27
Minnesota27
North Carolina27
Virginia27
Wisconsin27
Texas28
Colorado29
Hawaii30
South Dakota31
Kansas31
Kentucky32
Washington36
Indiana37
District of Columbia38
Arkansas39
Iowa39
West Virginia39
Oregon41
North Dakota46
Utah47
Vermont50
Wyoming56

Even more about Joseph


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Joseph a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a popular male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Joseph?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1912
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Joseph
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 132
Letter count 6
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +12,404

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