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2.6m
in the U.S.
since 1880

Joseph

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will Increase
  • #8 All Time
  • #20 in 2014
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8k Josef (German)

How popular is the name "Joseph" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 2,642 10 2,632 #7 boy name
1881 2,466 10 2,456 #7 boy name
1882 2,676 6 2,670 #7 boy name
1883 2,532 17 2,515 #7 boy name
1884 2,717 9 2,708 #7 boy name
1885 2,554 14 2,540 #7 boy name
1886 2,602 8 2,594 #7 boy name
1887 2,469 13 2,456 #7 boy name
1888 3,011 18 2,993 #7 boy name
1889 2,736 7 2,729 #7 boy name
1890 2,681 11 2,670 #7 boy name
1891 2,583 11 2,572 #7 boy name
1892 3,077 13 3,064 #7 boy name
1893 3,023 26 2,997 #6 boy name
1894 2,994 17 2,977 #6 boy name
1895 3,015 23 2,992 #7 boy name
1896 3,075 24 3,051 #6 boy name
1897 2,847 20 2,827 #6 boy name
1898 3,194 23 3,171 #6 boy name
1899 2,698 19 2,679 #6 boy name
1900 3,728 14 3,714 #7 boy name
1901 2,780 14 2,766 #6 boy name
1902 3,106 8 3,098 #7 boy name
1903 3,134 13 3,121 #6 boy name
1904 3,309 18 3,291 #7 boy name
1905 3,324 22 3,302 #7 boy name
1906 3,548 21 3,527 #7 boy name
1907 3,856 12 3,844 #7 boy name
1908 4,183 21 4,162 #6 boy name
1909 4,378 30 4,348 #6 boy name
1910 5,257 29 5,228 #6 boy name
1911 6,516 28 6,488 #6 boy name
1912 12,106 44 12,062 #5 boy name
1913 14,509 38 14,471 #5 boy name
1914 18,897 69 18,828 #5 boy name
1915 23,119 69 23,050 #5 boy name
1916 23,961 77 23,884 #5 boy name
1917 24,857 94 24,763 #5 boy name
1918 26,352 90 26,262 #7 boy name
1919 24,355 89 24,266 #7 boy name
1920 25,704 112 25,592 #7 boy name
1921 26,298 120 26,178 #7 boy name
1922 25,807 104 25,703 #7 boy name
1923 25,664 106 25,558 #7 boy name
1924 25,567 135 25,432 #7 boy name
1925 24,739 132 24,607 #7 boy name
1926 23,926 161 23,765 #8 boy name
1927 23,665 166 23,499 #9 boy name
1928 22,500 182 22,318 #9 boy name
1929 21,311 157 21,154 #9 boy name
1930 21,120 143 20,977 #9 boy name
1931 19,434 112 19,322 #9 boy name
1932 18,660 104 18,556 #9 boy name
1933 17,255 100 17,155 #9 boy name
1934 17,188 87 17,101 #10 boy name
1935 17,261 76 17,185 #10 boy name
1936 17,517 70 17,447 #11 boy name
1937 17,372 61 17,311 #12 boy name
1938 17,813 75 17,738 #12 boy name
1939 17,775 60 17,715 #12 boy name
1940 18,265 64 18,201 #12 boy name
1941 19,865 66 19,799 #12 boy name
1942 22,502 79 22,423 #11 boy name
1943 22,883 66 22,817 #13 boy name
1944 21,250 81 21,169 #13 boy name
1945 20,878 58 20,820 #14 boy name
1946 24,340 61 24,279 #14 boy name
1947 27,581 68 27,513 #14 boy name
1948 26,874 69 26,805 #13 boy name
1949 26,473 56 26,417 #14 boy name
1950 27,097 64 27,033 #13 boy name
1951 28,165 52 28,113 #14 boy name
1952 28,597 69 28,528 #12 boy name
1953 29,274 57 29,217 #13 boy name
1954 31,282 76 31,206 #13 boy name
1955 31,673 86 31,587 #13 boy name
1956 32,785 83 32,702 #12 boy name
1957 31,909 95 31,814 #12 boy name
1958 30,167 81 30,086 #12 boy name
1959 29,619 92 29,527 #13 boy name
1960 29,877 120 29,757 #12 boy name
1961 29,559 112 29,447 #12 boy name
1962 30,198 105 30,093 #13 boy name
1963 30,237 137 30,100 #13 boy name
1964 30,687 119 30,568 #11 boy name
1965 28,782 120 28,662 #11 boy name
1966 27,092 100 26,992 #15 boy name
1967 26,063 122 25,941 #15 boy name
1968 25,538 134 25,404 #16 boy name
1969 26,354 154 26,200 #15 boy name
1970 26,872 138 26,734 #16 boy name
1971 24,660 148 24,512 #15 boy name
1972 22,593 128 22,465 #12 boy name
1973 21,458 134 21,324 #12 boy name
1974 21,968 124 21,844 #12 boy name
1975 22,276 132 22,144 #12 boy name
1976 24,215 141 24,074 #12 boy name
1977 26,663 176 26,487 #10 boy name
1978 26,860 181 26,679 #10 boy name
1979 28,874 209 28,665 #11 boy name
1980 30,406 217 30,189 #10 boy name
1981 30,950 185 30,765 #11 boy name
1982 31,233 195 31,038 #11 boy name
1983 30,658 211 30,447 #11 boy name
1984 30,717 211 30,506 #10 boy name
1985 30,436 227 30,209 #10 boy name
1986 29,028 208 28,820 #12 boy name
1987 28,720 217 28,503 #12 boy name
1988 29,179 182 28,997 #12 boy name
1989 30,010 139 29,871 #11 boy name
1990 30,206 84 30,122 #10 boy name
1991 29,923 88 29,835 #9 boy name
1992 27,954 68 27,886 #11 boy name
1993 27,071 67 27,004 #12 boy name
1994 25,800 77 25,723 #11 boy name
1995 25,399 62 25,337 #12 boy name
1996 24,796 52 24,744 #12 boy name
1997 23,626 45 23,581 #12 boy name
1998 23,220 50 23,170 #11 boy name
1999 23,247 44 23,203 #8 boy name
2000 22,842 24 22,818 #8 boy name
2001 22,021 27 21,994 #8 boy name
2002 21,922 35 21,887 #7 boy name
2003 21,380 31 21,349 #7 boy name
2004 20,216 103 20,113 #9 boy name
2005 19,231 36 19,195 #9 boy name
2006 18,456 29 18,427 #11 boy name
2007 17,342 28 17,314 #13 boy name
2008 16,573 30 16,543 #13 boy name
2009 14,915 20 14,895 #15 boy name
2010 13,814 16 13,798 #20 boy name
2011 12,941 23 12,918 #22 boy name
2012 12,519 16 12,503 #19 boy name
2013 12,187 20 12,167 #20 boy name
2014 12,001 6 11,995 #20 boy name

Want to know about the populiarty of Joseph? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,580,687 babies born with the name Joseph in the United States. That's more than enough Josephs to occupy the country of Namibia with an estimated population of 2,364,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 2,642 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Joseph" was in 1956 with a total of 32,702 babies. (That's a lot of baby Josephs)

According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Joseph" ranks #10 in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 274 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1927. Across the entire United States a total of 23,665 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Joseph popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Joseph" mean? The list below shows the origins of Joseph as well as things modernly associated with the name Joseph such as celebrities named Joseph.

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of Joseph

The name "Joseph" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "God will Increase". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa is an actor, model, director, and writer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1998 to present. Jason was born in 1979 as Joseph Jason Momoa in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an actor, singer, filmmaker, and founder of hitrecord with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1988 to present. Joseph was born in 1981 as Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello is an actor, director, producer, and author with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Joe was born in 1976 as Joseph Michael Manganiello in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas is a singer and actor specializing in teen pop, pop rock, R&B, and dance-pop music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Joe was born in 1989 as Joseph Adam Jonas in Casa Grande, Arizona, U.S.

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Joey Lawrence

Joey Lawrence is an actor, singer-songwriter, and record producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1982 to present. Joey was born in 1976 as Joseph Lawrence Mignogna, Jr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan is a comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1988 to present. Joe was born in 1967 as Joseph James Rogan in Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

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Alternative Meanings

J is for jewel, the sparkle in your eye.

O is for old fashioned, you cherish the past.

S is for secret, that you can certainly keep.

E is for exotic, no lack of spirit here!

P is for pioneer, your adventuresome spirit.

H is for heavenly, your spirit is strong.

Your name in reverse order is "Hpesoj". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Sejpho". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Joseph born Sep 16, 1986

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-East approximately on 1775. Your profession was sailor and shoemaker.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. There is the invisible connection between material and spiritual world. Your lesson - to search, to find and to use this bridge.

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