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2.6m
in the U.S.
since 1880

Joseph

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will Increase
  • #8 All Time
  • #21 in 2015
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8k Josef (German)

How popular is the baby 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 2,716 9 2,707 #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 23,121 69 23,052 #5 boy name
1916 23,959 77 23,882 #5 boy name
1917 24,857 94 24,763 #5 boy name
1918 26,353 90 26,263 #7 boy name
1919 24,352 89 24,263 #7 boy name
1920 25,707 112 25,595 #7 boy name
1921 26,296 120 26,176 #7 boy name
1922 25,806 104 25,702 #7 boy name
1923 25,662 106 25,556 #7 boy name
1924 25,565 135 25,430 #7 boy name
1925 24,744 132 24,612 #7 boy name
1926 23,923 161 23,762 #8 boy name
1927 23,668 166 23,502 #9 boy name
1928 22,498 182 22,316 #9 boy name
1929 21,313 157 21,156 #9 boy name
1930 21,123 143 20,980 #9 boy name
1931 19,440 112 19,328 #9 boy name
1932 18,662 104 18,558 #9 boy name
1933 17,256 100 17,156 #9 boy name
1934 17,190 87 17,103 #10 boy name
1935 17,259 76 17,183 #10 boy name
1936 17,521 70 17,451 #11 boy name
1937 17,373 61 17,312 #12 boy name
1938 17,810 75 17,735 #12 boy name
1939 17,777 60 17,717 #12 boy name
1940 18,268 64 18,204 #12 boy name
1941 19,865 66 19,799 #12 boy name
1942 22,501 79 22,422 #11 boy name
1943 22,885 66 22,819 #13 boy name
1944 21,250 81 21,169 #13 boy name
1945 20,878 58 20,820 #14 boy name
1946 24,342 61 24,281 #14 boy name
1947 27,583 68 27,515 #14 boy name
1948 26,869 69 26,800 #13 boy name
1949 26,469 56 26,413 #14 boy name
1950 27,110 64 27,046 #13 boy name
1951 28,178 52 28,126 #14 boy name
1952 28,575 67 28,508 #12 boy name
1953 29,312 59 29,253 #13 boy name
1954 31,279 76 31,203 #13 boy name
1955 31,675 86 31,589 #13 boy name
1956 32,787 83 32,704 #12 boy name
1957 31,907 95 31,812 #12 boy name
1958 30,168 81 30,087 #12 boy name
1959 29,618 92 29,526 #13 boy name
1960 29,876 119 29,757 #12 boy name
1961 29,561 112 29,449 #12 boy name
1962 30,192 105 30,087 #13 boy name
1963 30,234 137 30,097 #13 boy name
1964 30,690 119 30,571 #11 boy name
1965 28,781 120 28,661 #11 boy name
1966 27,097 100 26,997 #15 boy name
1967 26,064 122 25,942 #15 boy name
1968 25,538 134 25,404 #16 boy name
1969 26,351 154 26,197 #15 boy name
1970 26,871 138 26,733 #16 boy name
1971 24,660 148 24,512 #15 boy name
1972 22,599 128 22,471 #12 boy name
1973 21,460 134 21,326 #12 boy name
1974 21,967 124 21,843 #12 boy name
1975 22,279 132 22,147 #12 boy name
1976 24,214 142 24,072 #12 boy name
1977 26,669 176 26,493 #10 boy name
1978 26,854 181 26,673 #10 boy name
1979 28,878 209 28,669 #10 boy name
1980 30,410 217 30,193 #10 boy name
1981 30,953 185 30,768 #11 boy name
1982 31,239 195 31,044 #11 boy name
1983 30,657 211 30,446 #11 boy name
1984 30,718 211 30,507 #10 boy name
1985 30,441 227 30,214 #10 boy name
1986 29,028 208 28,820 #12 boy name
1987 28,723 217 28,506 #12 boy name
1988 29,178 182 28,996 #12 boy name
1989 30,012 139 29,873 #11 boy name
1990 30,208 84 30,124 #10 boy name
1991 29,924 88 29,836 #9 boy name
1992 27,957 68 27,889 #11 boy name
1993 27,071 67 27,004 #12 boy name
1994 25,803 77 25,726 #11 boy name
1995 25,402 62 25,340 #12 boy name
1996 24,799 52 24,747 #12 boy name
1997 23,630 45 23,585 #12 boy name
1998 23,223 50 23,173 #11 boy name
1999 23,247 44 23,203 #8 boy name
2000 22,844 24 22,820 #8 boy name
2001 22,026 27 21,999 #8 boy name
2002 21,924 35 21,889 #7 boy name
2003 21,383 31 21,352 #7 boy name
2004 20,220 103 20,117 #9 boy name
2005 19,235 36 19,199 #9 boy name
2006 18,460 29 18,431 #11 boy name
2007 17,352 28 17,324 #13 boy name
2008 16,580 30 16,550 #13 boy name
2009 14,922 20 14,902 #15 boy name
2010 13,822 16 13,806 #20 boy name
2011 12,959 23 12,936 #22 boy name
2012 12,540 16 12,524 #19 boy name
2013 12,215 20 12,195 #20 boy name
2014 12,086 6 12,080 #20 boy name
2015 11,386 11 11,375 #21 boy name

Want to know about the popularity of the Joseph baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,592,388 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 32,704 babies. (That's a lot of baby Josephs)

According to the 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Joseph" ranks #11 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Nevada. Imagine that, 151 babies in Nevada have the same name as you in 2008. Across the entire United States a total of 16,580 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.

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.

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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Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin is an officeholder. Joseph was born in 1878 as Ioseb Jughashvili in Gori, Tiflis Governorate, Russian Empire.

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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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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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Other Inspirations for the Name Joseph

Joseph A Bank
Joseph Baena
Joseph Sikora
Joseph Abboud
Joseph Stiglitz
Joseph Morgan
Joseph Prince
Joseph Randle

Alternative Meanings

J is for joyful, the spirit you spread.

O is for openness, it's refreshing!

S is for sensitive, another side shows.

E is for expressive, not one to hold within.

P is for pastimes, for you have many.

H is for hand, that you always give.

Your name in reverse order is "Hpesoj". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Esopjh". 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 Oct 13, 1948

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Saudi Arabia approximately on 1600. Your profession was builder of roads, bridges, and docks.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. Your lesson - to learn humility and faith in spiritual principles. You should believe in High Reason.

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