Joshua

First Name
1.2m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Joshua

"Joshua" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "God is Salvation". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A book in the Old Testament describing how Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan (the Promised Land) after the death of Moses
  2. (Old Testament) Moses' successor who led the Israelites into the Promised Land; best remembered for his destruction of Jericho
Wiktionary

Hebrew יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (yəhôšūaʿ, “The Lord is salvation”).

  1. The sixth book of the Old Testament of Bible, and a book of the Tanakh.
  2. The son of Nun, Judge of Israel following Moses; author of the Book of Joshua; Quranic figure.
  3. A male given name.

Notable Persons Named Joshua

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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Josh Hutcherson is an actor. He was most active from 2002 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua Ryan Hutcherson on October 12th, 1992 in Union, Kentucky, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Joshua

MBE was born on October 15th, 1989 in England.

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Joshua is a saint. He holds the title Prophet.

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T. B. Joshua is a prophet, minister (christianity), evangelism, minister, and televangelist. T. was given the name Temitope Balogun Joshua on June 12th, 1963 in Arigidi, Nigeria. T. is also known as TB Joshua.

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Seyi Shay is an african popular music musician. She has been prominent since 2001. Seyi was given the name Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua on December 21st, 1985.

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Jaycen Joshua is a mixing engineer and record producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present.

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Larry was born on February 12th, 1952.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 57 0 57
1881 40 0 40
1882 50 0 50
1883 55 0 55
1884 41 0 41
1885 43 0 43
1886 55 0 55
1887 41 0 41
1888 50 0 50
1889 33 0 33
1890 24 0 24
1891 24 0 24
1892 41 0 41
1893 23 0 23
1894 24 0 24
1895 29 0 29
1896 30 0 30
1897 29 0 29
1898 39 0 39
1899 24 0 24
1900 36 0 36
1901 22 0 22
1902 17 0 17
1903 21 0 21
1904 19 0 19
1905 18 0 18
1906 27 0 27
1907 26 0 26
1908 29 0 29
1909 28 0 28
1910 44 0 44
1911 43 0 43
1912 60 0 60
1913 78 0 78
1914 87 0 87
1915 136 0 136
1916 99 0 99
1917 122 0 122
1918 118 0 118
1919 139 0 139
1920 128 0 128
1921 125 0 125
1922 124 0 124
1923 129 0 129
1924 114 0 114
1925 110 0 110
1926 104 0 104
1927 117 0 117
1928 118 0 118
1929 74 0 74
1930 90 0 90
1931 95 0 95
1932 111 0 111
1933 102 0 102
1934 106 0 106
1935 80 0 80
1936 100 0 100
1937 92 0 92
1938 72 0 72
1939 101 0 101
1940 90 0 90
1941 93 0 93
1942 113 0 113
1943 95 0 95
1944 104 0 104
1945 97 0 97
1946 113 0 113
1947 141 0 141
1948 130 0 130
1949 183 0 183
1950 162 0 162
1951 164 0 164
1952 177 0 177
1953 168 0 168
1954 191 0 191
1955 244 0 244
1956 241 0 241
1957 271 0 271
1958 277 0 277
1959 326 0 326
1960 315 0 315
1961 353 0 353
1962 336 0 336
1963 373 0 373
1964 392 0 392
1965 463 0 463
1966 487 0 487
1967 565 0 565
1968 738 5 733
1969 1,331 8 1,323
1970 2,186 10 2,176
1971 3,668 17 3,651 #79 boy name
1972 5,062 21 5,041 #59 boy name
1973 8,102 38 8,064 #42 boy name
1974 11,664 63 11,601 #29 boy name
1975 14,668 93 14,575 #26 boy name
1976 16,963 95 16,868 #18 boy name
1977 22,192 114 22,078 #14 boy name
1978 25,355 141 25,214 #12 boy name
1979 31,347 211 31,136 #9 boy name
1980 36,282 222 36,060 #7 boy name
1981 39,294 240 39,054 #6 boy name
1982 38,267 241 38,026 #7 boy name
1983 36,937 232 36,705 #5 boy name
1984 40,519 266 40,253 #4 boy name
1985 42,469 276 42,193 #4 boy name
1986 37,845 307 37,538 #4 boy name
1987 40,266 272 39,994 #4 boy name
1988 42,945 298 42,647 #4 boy name
1989 44,296 207 44,089 #4 boy name
1990 43,382 166 43,216 #4 boy name
1991 41,361 142 41,219 #4 boy name
1992 36,336 122 36,214 #4 boy name
1993 33,691 114 33,577 #4 boy name
1994 31,450 77 31,373 #4 boy name
1995 30,777 62 30,715 #5 boy name
1996 29,243 75 29,168 #5 boy name
1997 28,344 61 28,283 #5 boy name
1998 28,137 51 28,086 #4 boy name
1999 27,319 62 27,257 #4 boy name
2000 27,590 54 27,536 #4 boy name
2001 26,059 48 26,011 #4 boy name
2002 26,032 46 25,986 #3 boy name
2003 25,134 45 25,089 #3 boy name
2004 24,317 120 24,197 #3 boy name
2005 23,287 43 23,244 #3 boy name
2006 22,344 31 22,313 #3 boy name
2007 20,684 39 20,645 #4 boy name
2008 19,221 25 19,196 #4 boy name
2009 17,658 24 17,634 #6 boy name
2010 15,445 13 15,432 #11 boy name
2011 13,778 25 13,753 #14 boy name
2012 12,659 18 12,641 #17 boy name
2013 11,814 13 11,801 #21 boy name
2014 10,880 15 10,865 #25 boy name
2015 9,784 17 9,767 #33 boy name
2016 9,156 18 9,138 #35 boy name

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Popularity of Joshua as a first name

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Popularity of Joshua as a last name

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Common last names for Joshua

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Miller
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Hall
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Hill

Common first names for Joshua

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Joshua U.S.
  White 22.98% 64.26%
  African American 57.24% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.96% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.17% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.08% 16.26%

Of Last Name Joshua

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

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Fun Facts about the name Joshua

  • How Popular is the name Joshua? Joshua is the 30th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Joshua was the 35th most popular name. As a last name Joshua was the 9,552nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Joshua have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,198,955 babies born with the first name Joshua in the United States. That's more than enough people named Joshua to occupy the country of Timor-Leste with an estimated population of 1,066,409 (as of July 11, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Joshua? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 57 new born babies.
  • When was Joshua first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Joshua is Friday, February 16th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Joshua born? The highest recorded use of the first name Joshua was in 1989 with a total of 44,089 babies. That's a lot of babies named Joshua!
  • Random Joshua Factoid: According to the 1973 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Joshua ranks 39th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 37 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1973.
  • Weird things about the name Joshua: Your name in reverse order is Auhsoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hsoauj. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Joshua? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,403 people with the last name Joshua.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Joshua? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Joshua as their last name.

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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