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Joseph

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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

Fun Facts about the name Joseph

  • How many people with the first name Joseph have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,592,388 babies born with the first name Joseph in the United States. That's more than enough people named Joseph to occupy the country of Namibia with an estimated population of 2,364,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Joseph? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 2,642 new born babies.
  • When was Joseph first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Joseph is Thursday, March 20th, 1806.
  • What year had the most people named Joseph born? The highest recorded use of the first name Joseph was in 1956 with a total of 32,704 babies. That's a lot of babies named Joseph!
  • Random Joseph Factoid: According to the 1929 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Joseph ranks 7th in popularity as a baby boy's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 108 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1929.
  • Weird things about the name Joseph: Your name in reverse order is Hpesoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eposjh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Joseph? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 100,959 people with the last name Joseph.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Joseph? Joseph was ranked as the 313th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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Popularity of Joseph as a first name

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Popularity of Joseph as a last name

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Common last names for Joseph

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Murphy
  • White
  • Wilson
  • Kelly
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Jackson
  • Anderson
  • Sullivan
  • Harris

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Joseph U.S.
  White 29.59% 64.26%
  African American 54.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 9.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.99% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.49% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.98% 16.26%

Of Last Name Joseph

People with the last name Joseph are most frequently White or African American

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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.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jo"seph
An outer garment worn in the 18th century; esp., a woman's riding habit, buttoned down the front.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (New Testament) husband of Mary and (in Christian belief) the foster father of Jesus
  2. (Old Testament) the 11th son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel; Jacob gave Joseph a coat of many colors, which made his brothers jealous and they sold him into slavery in Egypt
  3. Leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)
Wiktionary

Old Testament Hebrew יוֹסֵף (Yoséf, “(God) shall add”); a son of Jacob.

  1. (biblical) Eleventh and favorite son of Jacob, by his wife Rachel.
  2. The husband of Virgin Mary.
  3. The 12th sura (chapter) of the Quran
  4. (Christianity) Joseph of Arimathea; man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus.
  5. A male given name, popular as a middle name.

Joseph was also found in the following language(s): French, German, and Manx

Notable Persons With the Name Joseph

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin was a General secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Chairman of the Council of Ministers, General secretaryof theCentral Committeeof theCommunist Party of the Soviet Union, and Chairmanof theCouncil of Ministers. Joseph was born on December 18th, 1878 in Gori, Georgia. He passed away on March 5th, 1953.

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Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa is an actor, model, director, writer, and producer. His ongoing career started in 1998. Jason was given the name Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa on August 1st, 1979 in Honolulu.

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Joseph G. Christopher

Joseph G. Christopher was a noteworthy individual. Joseph was born on July 26th, 1955 in New York. He passed away on March 1st, 1993.

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Joseph Goebbels

Joseph Goebbels was a Hitler Cabinet. Joseph was given the name Paul Joseph Goebbels on October 29th, 1897 in Rheydt. He passed away on May 1st, 1945.

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Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan is a satire, political satire, ribaldry, and observational comedy comedian. Joe was given the name Joseph James Rogan on August 11th, 1967 in Newark, New Jersey, United States.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an actor, filmmaker, and production company owner. He was most active from 1988 to present. Joseph was given the name Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt on February 17th, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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  • Rudyard Kipling
    (short story writer)
  • Joseph McCarthy
    (office holder)
  • Vijay
    (actor)
  • Joe Jonas
    (musician)
  • Joe Pesci
    (actor)
  • Jerry Lewis
    (comedian)
  • Joe Walsh
    (musician)
  • Mickey Rooney
    (actor)
  • Joe Manganiello
    (actor)
  • Joss Whedon
    (writer)
  • Joseph Merrick
    (noteworthy human)
  • Joseph Fiennes
    (actor)
  • Buster Keaton
    (actor)
  • J. M. W. Turner
    (artist)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Joseph

Tyler Joseph

Tyler Joseph is an alternative hip hop, electropop, and indie pop musician. He plays Vocals, Ukulele, Piano, Keytar, Bass guitar, Accordion, and Electronic keyboard. He was most active from 2009 to present. Tyler was born on December 1st, 1988.

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Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph was a famed somebody. He holds the title Foster-father ofJesus Christ, Prince, and Patron of the Universal Church. Saint was born in -90. He died in 20.

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Lesley Joseph

Lesley Joseph is a presenter, actor, broadcaster, and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1969. Lesley was given the name Lesley Diana Joseph on October 14th, 1945 in Hackney, London, England.

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Mandakini

Mandakini is an actress. She was most active from 1985 to 1999. Mandakini was given the name Yasmeen Joseph on July 30th, 1963 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India. Mandakini is also known as Mandakini Joseph Thakur.

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Meera Jasmine

Meera Jasmine is an actress. She was most active from 2001 to present. Meera was given the name Jasmine Mary Joseph on February 15th, 1982 in Thiruvalla, Kerala, India.

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Paterson Joseph

Paterson Joseph is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1988. Paterson was born Paterson Joseph on June 22nd, 1964 in London.

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What does the name Joseph mean?

Jis for joy, that you always bring.

Ois for orderly, a lifelong passion.

Sis for sincere, a model of truth.

Eis for eternal, your spirit will live.

Pis for playful, the fun side of you.

His for hero, as you appear to many.

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Sources: 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). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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