Josephine

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302k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Josephine

"Josephine" is a name of French origin, and it means "God will increase". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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French Joséphine, diminutive of Josèphe, feminine form of Joseph; made popular by the Empress of Napoleon.

  1. A female given name

Josephine was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, and German

Notable Persons Named Josephine

Josephine Baker was a dancer, singer, actress, civil rights activist, and spy. She was most prominent from 1921 to present. Josephine was given the name Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3rd, 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. She breathed her last breath on April 12th, 1975.

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Joséphine de Beauharnais was royalty. Her career lasted from 1804 to 1804. Joséphine was born on June 23rd, 1763 in Les Trois-Îlets. She breathed her last breath on May 29th, 1814.

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Josephine was given the name Josephine Skriver Karlsen on April 14th, 1993 in Copenhagen.

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Josephine Earp was a possible courtesan; frontier adventurer; gambler and gambling. Josephine was given the name Josephine Sarah Marcus in 1860 in New York, U.S.A. Josephine is also known as Sadie and Josie; possibly Sadie Mansfield; Josephine Behan. She left this life on December 19th, 1944.

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Estée Lauder was a co-founder of estée lauder companies, estée lauder companies, and co-founder ofestée lauder companies. Estée was given the name Josephine Esther Mentzer on July 1st, 1908 in New York City, U.S. She passed away on April 24th, 2004.

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Joséphine Jobert is an actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1999. Joséphine was born on April 24th, 1985 in Paris, France.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Josephine

Rekha is an actor and film actress. She was most prominent from 1986 to 1996. Rekha was given the name Josephine on May 18th, 1970 in Kerala.

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Princess was born as the child of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Mary, and Crown Princess of Denmark on January 8th, 2011 in Rigshospitalet.

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She holds the title Princesse de Carignan and Princess of Carignano. Joséphine was born as the child of Louis and Prince of Brionne on August 26th, 1753. She passed away on February 8th, 1797.

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 544 544 0 #50 girl name
1881 563 563 0 #48 girl name
1882 638 638 0 #49 girl name
1883 697 697 0 #46 girl name
1884 800 800 0 #45 girl name
1885 789 783 6 #47 girl name
1886 844 844 0 #47 girl name
1887 815 815 0 #50 girl name
1888 1,006 1,001 5 #49 girl name
1889 1,053 1,047 6 #49 girl name
1890 1,124 1,118 6 #49 girl name
1891 1,036 1,031 5 #49 girl name
1892 1,216 1,210 6 #49 girl name
1893 1,178 1,178 0 #50 girl name
1894 1,256 1,256 0 #48 girl name
1895 1,334 1,334 0 #47 girl name
1896 1,263 1,256 7 #50 girl name
1897 1,274 1,267 7 #47 girl name
1898 1,425 1,425 0 #46 girl name
1899 1,394 1,388 6 #44 girl name
1900 1,749 1,743 6 #47 girl name
1901 1,442 1,434 8 #43 girl name
1902 1,573 1,566 7 #42 girl name
1903 1,599 1,587 12 #40 girl name
1904 1,701 1,701 0 #41 girl name
1905 1,901 1,894 7 #37 girl name
1906 1,908 1,900 8 #38 girl name
1907 2,164 2,156 8 #33 girl name
1908 2,397 2,389 8 #28 girl name
1909 2,427 2,416 11 #31 girl name
1910 2,809 2,801 8 #30 girl name
1911 3,025 3,011 14 #29 girl name
1912 3,990 3,980 10 #28 girl name
1913 4,835 4,822 13 #24 girl name
1914 5,913 5,896 17 #23 girl name
1915 7,623 7,607 16 #22 girl name
1916 8,142 8,127 15 #21 girl name
1917 8,344 8,326 18 #21 girl name
1918 8,709 8,682 27 #24 girl name
1919 8,124 8,104 20 #26 girl name
1920 8,108 8,094 14 #28 girl name
1921 8,153 8,132 21 #28 girl name
1922 7,888 7,865 23 #27 girl name
1923 7,575 7,559 16 #30 girl name
1924 7,292 7,275 17 #34 girl name
1925 6,834 6,809 25 #36 girl name
1926 6,425 6,407 18 #37 girl name
1927 6,142 6,110 32 #39 girl name
1928 5,700 5,670 30 #42 girl name
1929 5,321 5,296 25 #45 girl name
1930 5,019 4,986 33 #49 girl name
1931 4,534 4,498 36 #51 girl name
1932 4,132 4,095 37 #57 girl name
1933 3,590 3,570 20 #62 girl name
1934 3,760 3,740 20 #60 girl name
1935 3,285 3,261 24 #75 girl name
1936 3,167 3,142 25 #77 girl name
1937 2,967 2,941 26 #82 girl name
1938 3,002 2,978 24 #83 girl name
1939 2,861 2,839 22 #84 girl name
1940 2,753 2,741 12 #89 girl name
1941 2,747 2,727 20 #92 girl name
1942 2,763 2,746 17 #100 girl name
1943 2,680 2,665 15
1944 2,337 2,324 13
1945 2,155 2,145 10
1946 2,236 2,230 6
1947 2,348 2,348 0
1948 2,237 2,230 7
1949 2,164 2,164 0
1950 2,092 2,092 0
1951 1,974 1,965 9
1952 1,870 1,864 6
1953 1,804 1,796 8
1954 1,726 1,719 7
1955 1,600 1,594 6
1956 1,494 1,485 9
1957 1,439 1,439 0
1958 1,282 1,277 5
1959 1,175 1,175 0
1960 1,165 1,158 7
1961 1,209 1,202 7
1962 1,104 1,099 5
1963 1,059 1,053 6
1964 969 960 9
1965 871 864 7
1966 839 839 0
1967 745 745 0
1968 694 694 0
1969 699 699 0
1970 676 676 0
1971 602 602 0
1972 581 581 0
1973 534 534 0
1974 536 536 0
1975 462 456 6
1976 430 430 0
1977 443 443 0
1978 457 457 0
1979 434 434 0
1980 502 502 0
1981 476 476 0
1982 489 489 0
1983 480 480 0
1984 437 437 0
1985 423 423 0
1986 455 455 0
1987 434 434 0
1988 508 503 5
1989 537 528 9
1990 578 578 0
1991 606 606 0
1992 591 591 0
1993 595 595 0
1994 648 648 0
1995 700 700 0
1996 725 725 0
1997 783 783 0
1998 840 840 0
1999 989 989 0
2000 1,114 1,114 0
2001 1,153 1,153 0
2002 1,198 1,198 0
2003 1,257 1,257 0
2004 1,337 1,337 0
2005 1,488 1,488 0
2006 1,548 1,548 0
2007 1,562 1,562 0
2008 1,630 1,630 0
2009 1,625 1,625 0
2010 1,676 1,676 0
2011 1,730 1,730 0
2012 1,949 1,949 0
2013 2,009 2,009 0
2014 2,277 2,277 0
2015 2,495 2,495 0
2016 2,766 2,766 0

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Fun Facts about the name Josephine

  • How Popular is the name Josephine? Josephine is the 237th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Josephine have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 302,374 babies born with the first name Josephine in the United States. That's more than enough people named Josephine to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Josephine? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 544 new born babies.
  • When was Josephine first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Josephine is Saturday, January 23rd, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Josephine born? The highest recorded use of the first name Josephine was in 1918 with a total of 8,682 babies. That's a lot of babies named Josephine!
  • Random Josephine Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Josephine ranks 21st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, 624 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1917.
  • Weird things about the name Josephine: Your name in reverse order is Enihpesoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ehipjsnoe. How do you pronounce that?

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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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