Joshua

Joshua - A popular male name



  Mar 24,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Joshua, meaning the Lord is my salvation, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #670. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Joshua and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Joshua? 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 Joshua. The baby boy name Joshua was given to 12,522 baby boys in 2012, ranking #17 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 131 baby boys were given this name - making this a popular male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Joshua peaked in popularity 17 years ago in 2002 on position 3.



Famous with this name

Joshua Desroches
Joshua Sternin
Joshua Jackson


How would you rate Joshua, 1-5?

Rating: 5/5 (19 people)


Joshua is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Joshua is currently topping the baby name charts in South Carolina at position #6 - and is the least popular in North Dakota at position #81.

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 Joshua 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 Joshua 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 Joshua 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!

Joshua origin and meaning

Joshua is a 6 letter name with 3 syllables. This name means the Lord is my salvation. To see famous people named Joshua, pop culture references for the name Joshua and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Joshua

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

Jack / Jose / Joe / Jesse / Jesus / Jay / Jake / Jessie / Jackie / Josiah /

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
201217
201114
201011
20096
20084
20074
20063
20053
20043
20033
20023
20014
20004
19994
19984
19975
19965
19955
19944
19934
19924
19914
19904
19894
19884
19874
19864
19854
19844
19835
19827
19816
19807
19799
197812
197714
197618
197526
197429
197342
197259
197179
1970150
1969196
1968271
1967311
1966338
1965352
1964414
1963419
1962442
1961425
1960456
1959451
1958474
1957480
1956485
1955477
1954525
1953525
1952516
1951524
1950539
1949487
1948586
1947549
1946604
1945598
1944581
1943616
1942552
1941641
1940612
1939596
1938741
1937607
1936589
1935632
1934572
1933622
1932568
1931623
1930657
1929794
1928587
1927579
1926653
1925616
1924609
1923525
1922617
1921563
1920542
1919515
1918545
1917515
1916616
1915498
1914517
1913445
1912626
1911472
1910670

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
South Carolina6
Louisiana7
Georgia7
Maryland8
Mississippi10
New Mexico13
Florida14
North Carolina14
Hawaii15
Alabama16
Tennessee17
Texas17
Virginia17
Nevada17
Arizona20
Delaware20
Alaska20
New York21
California21
New Jersey21
Colorado22
Illinois22
Kentucky22
Michigan23
Wyoming25
Massachusetts26
Utah27
Kansas27
Ohio29
Connecticut29
Pennsylvania29
West Virginia30
Oklahoma31
District of Columbia31
Washington32
Indiana33
Oregon34
Missouri34
Arkansas35
Rhode Island36
Nebraska39
Wisconsin39
Maine43
Minnesota43
Vermont49
New Hampshire52
Montana56
Idaho57
Iowa60
South Dakota67
North Dakota81

Even more about Joshua


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 Joshua 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 Joshua?

3 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
2002
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Joshua
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 131
Letter count 6
Syllable count 3
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +12,522

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