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16k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
324
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Josh

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  • According to a user from Mississippi, United States, the name Josh is of Unknown origin and means "Happy".
  • According to a user from California, United States, the name Josh is of English origin and means "Selfish".

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  1. Be silly or tease one another
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  1. A diminutive of the male given name Joshua.
  2. A city mentioned in the Book of Mormon

Notable Persons Named Josh

Josh Brolin is an actor. He was most prominent from 1985 to present. Josh was given the name Josh James Brolin on February 12th, 1968 in Santa Monica, California.

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Josh Gad is an actor, comedian, and singer. He was most active from 2002 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua Ilan Gad on February 23rd, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida.

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Josh Groban is an easy listening, vocal music, operatic pop, and pop rock musician. He plays Vocals f# Lyric baritone, piano, drums, percussion, and Baritone. He was most prominent from 1997 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua Winslow Groban on February 27th, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Josh Duhamel is an actor. He was most prominent from 1999 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua David Duhamel on November 14th, 1972 in Minot, North Dakota, U.S.

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Josh Dun is an indie pop, alternative rock, alternative dance, and rap rock musician. He was most active from 2011 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua William Dun on June 18th, 1988.

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Josh Hartnett is an actor and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to 1997. Josh was given the name Joshua Daniel Hartnett on July 21st, 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Josh

Guru Josh was an acid house, house music, and techno musician. He was most active from 1981 to 2015. Guru was born on June 6th, 1964 in Jersey. He died on December 28th, 2015.

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Bryan Josh is a progressive rock musician. He plays Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul. Bryan was born in 1967.

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Godfrey Josh is a hockey player for the Coventry Blaze in the Elite Ice Hockey League. He was most prominent from 2008 to present. Godfrey was born on January 15th, 1988 in Collingwood, Ontario.

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Sohan Singh Josh was an independence activist and politician. Sohan was born on November 12th, 1898 in Amritsar. He died on July 29th, 1982.

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Bhagwan Josh is a in the field of history. Bhagwan was born in 1949.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 31 0 31
1881 22 0 22
1882 14 0 14
1883 27 0 27
1884 27 0 27
1885 23 0 23
1886 29 0 29
1887 15 0 15
1888 24 0 24
1889 22 0 22
1890 24 0 24
1891 19 0 19
1892 22 0 22
1893 16 0 16
1894 18 0 18
1895 27 0 27
1896 23 0 23
1897 21 0 21
1898 22 0 22
1899 17 0 17
1900 25 0 25
1901 18 0 18
1902 17 0 17
1903 21 0 21
1904 18 0 18
1905 17 0 17
1906 13 0 13
1907 19 0 19
1908 26 0 26
1909 21 0 21
1910 23 0 23
1911 30 0 30
1912 39 0 39
1913 37 0 37
1914 39 0 39
1915 40 0 40
1916 55 0 55
1917 42 0 42
1918 49 0 49
1919 41 0 41
1920 45 0 45
1921 36 0 36
1922 50 0 50
1923 49 0 49
1924 47 0 47
1925 45 0 45
1926 46 0 46
1927 41 0 41
1928 44 0 44
1929 36 0 36
1930 28 0 28
1931 30 0 30
1932 40 0 40
1933 30 0 30
1934 39 0 39
1935 34 0 34
1936 44 0 44
1937 38 0 38
1938 33 0 33
1939 32 0 32
1940 31 0 31
1941 31 0 31
1942 31 0 31
1943 25 0 25
1944 35 0 35
1945 34 0 34
1946 43 0 43
1947 40 0 40
1948 45 0 45
1949 46 0 46
1950 40 0 40
1951 41 0 41
1952 55 0 55
1953 57 0 57
1954 51 0 51
1955 50 0 50
1956 55 0 55
1957 51 0 51
1958 69 0 69
1959 127 0 127
1960 129 0 129
1961 132 0 132
1962 103 0 103
1963 114 0 114
1964 95 0 95
1965 105 0 105
1966 102 0 102
1967 105 0 105
1968 135 0 135
1969 193 0 193
1970 248 0 248
1971 325 0 325
1972 356 0 356
1973 401 0 401
1974 496 0 496
1975 456 0 456
1976 387 0 387
1977 384 0 384
1978 429 0 429
1979 531 0 531
1980 460 0 460
1981 350 0 350
1982 297 0 297
1983 300 0 300
1984 260 0 260
1985 249 0 249
1986 220 0 220
1987 233 0 233
1988 239 0 239
1989 214 0 214
1990 212 0 212
1991 181 0 181
1992 180 0 180
1993 184 0 184
1994 169 0 169
1995 183 0 183
1996 165 0 165
1997 189 0 189
1998 166 0 166
1999 194 0 194
2000 195 0 195
2001 246 0 246
2002 274 0 274
2003 273 0 273
2004 308 0 308
2005 265 0 265
2006 301 0 301
2007 316 0 316
2008 269 0 269
2009 205 0 205
2010 178 0 178
2011 177 0 177
2012 167 0 167
2013 150 0 150
2014 164 0 164
2015 122 0 122
2016 108 0 108
2017 128 0 128

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Popularity of Josh as a first name

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Popularity of Josh as a last name

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Common last names for Josh

  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Harris
  • Davis
  • Robinson
  • Taylor
  • Green
  • Moore
  • Wright
  • Gray

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Josh U.S.
  White 69.44% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 10.80% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 7.10% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.86% 16.26%

Of Last Name Josh

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

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Fun Facts about the name Josh

  • How Popular is the name Josh? Josh is the 1,870th most popular name of all time. As a last name Josh was the 61,899th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Josh have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16,494 babies born with the first name Josh in the United States. That's more than enough people named Josh to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Josh? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 31 new born babies.
  • When was Josh first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Josh is Friday, March 17th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Josh born? The highest recorded use of the first name Josh was in 1979 with a total of 531 babies.
  • Random Josh Factoid: According to the 1910 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Josh ranks 107th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, 6 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1910.
  • Weird things about the name Josh: Your name in reverse order is Hsoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hsjo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Josh? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 324 people with the last name Josh.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Josh? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Josh as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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