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9k
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since 1880
Last Name
359
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Josef

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  • According to a user from North Carolina, United States, the name Josef is of German origin and means "German spelling of Joseph. Joseph in Hebrew means "may god add/increase"".

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Notable Persons Named Josef

Josef Mengele is a military person.

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Josef "Sepp" Dietrich is a military person.

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Josef Albers was an artist in the fields of abstract art and color. Josef was born on March 19th, 1888 in Bottrop. He left this life on March 25th, 1976.

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Joe Zawinul was a jazz, jazz fusion, romantic music, art music, and world music musician. He plays Piano, electric piano, keyboards: synthesizer, accordion, EWI, melodica, guitar, percussion, Keyboard instrument, EWI (musical instrument), and Percussion instrument. His career lasted from 1949 to 1949. Joe was given the name Josef Erich Zawinul on July 7th, 1932 in Vienna, Austria. He left this life on September 11th, 2007.

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Josef Kramer is a criminal.

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Josef Terboven was an office holder. Josef was born on May 23rd, 1898 in Essen. He breathed his last breath on May 8th, 1945.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Josef

Jens Josef is a composer, flute, and flutist. He has had major accomplishments since 1992. Jens was born on August 5th, 1967 in Solingen, Germany.

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Waldemar Josef is a soccer player for the VfL Wolfsburg and Eintracht Braunschweig. Waldemar was born on October 25th, 1960 in Wolfsburg.

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How popular is the baby name Josef in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1900 6 0 6
1901 7 0 7
1906 7 0 7
1907 7 0 7
1908 5 0 5
1909 11 0 11
1910 10 0 10
1911 8 0 8
1912 12 0 12
1913 18 0 18
1914 13 0 13
1915 24 0 24
1916 28 0 28
1917 22 0 22
1918 14 0 14
1919 24 0 24
1920 17 0 17
1921 7 0 7
1922 14 0 14
1923 12 0 12
1924 21 0 21
1925 19 0 19
1926 20 0 20
1927 17 0 17
1928 20 0 20
1929 15 0 15
1930 14 0 14
1931 13 0 13
1932 9 0 9
1933 9 0 9
1934 16 0 16
1935 14 0 14
1936 15 0 15
1937 12 0 12
1938 20 0 20
1939 13 0 13
1940 14 0 14
1941 11 0 11
1942 21 0 21
1943 19 0 19
1944 13 0 13
1945 20 0 20
1946 11 0 11
1947 21 0 21
1948 19 0 19
1949 23 0 23
1950 18 0 18
1951 21 0 21
1952 29 0 29
1953 25 0 25
1954 32 0 32
1955 38 0 38
1956 41 0 41
1957 48 0 48
1958 45 0 45
1959 36 0 36
1960 52 0 52
1961 52 0 52
1962 41 0 41
1963 54 0 54
1964 58 0 58
1965 66 0 66
1966 53 0 53
1967 41 0 41
1968 73 0 73
1969 65 0 65
1970 93 0 93
1971 89 0 89
1972 80 0 80
1973 78 0 78
1974 80 0 80
1975 107 0 107
1976 96 0 96
1977 118 0 118
1978 123 0 123
1979 161 0 161
1980 150 0 150
1981 131 0 131
1982 149 0 149
1983 130 0 130
1984 170 0 170
1985 171 0 171
1986 159 0 159
1987 165 0 165
1988 177 0 177
1989 156 0 156
1990 165 0 165
1991 154 0 154
1992 163 0 163
1993 170 0 170
1994 179 0 179
1995 168 0 168
1996 175 0 175
1997 183 0 183
1998 211 0 211
1999 220 0 220
2000 198 0 198
2001 211 0 211
2002 195 0 195
2003 188 0 188
2004 185 0 185
2005 218 0 218
2006 191 0 191
2007 163 0 163
2008 157 0 157
2009 125 0 125
2010 129 0 129
2011 136 0 136
2012 95 0 95
2013 108 0 108
2014 113 0 113
2015 91 0 91
2016 90 0 90
2017 78 0 78

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Popularity of Josef as a first name

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Popularity of Josef as a last name

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Common last names for Josef

  • Schneider
  • Klein
  • Weber
  • Mueller
  • Weiss
  • Friedman
  • Wagner
  • Fischer
  • Novak
  • Becker
  • Braun
  • Deutsch

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Josef U.S.
  White 62.40% 64.26%
  African American 5.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 25.07% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Josef

People with the last name Josef are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Josef

  • How Popular is the name Josef? Josef is the 2,749th most popular name of all time. As a last name Josef was the 56,836th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Josef have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,615 babies born with the first name Josef in the United States. That's more than enough people named Josef to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Josef? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1900 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Josef first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Josef is Saturday, December 18th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Josef born? The highest recorded use of the first name Josef was in 1999 with a total of 220 babies.
  • Random Josef Factoid: According to the 1999 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Josef is not a popular baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 1999.
  • Weird things about the name Josef: Your name in reverse order is Fesoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Jsfeo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Josef? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 359 people with the last name Josef.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Josef? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Josef as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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