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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Joss

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Joss
A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol.

Etymology: Chinese, corrupt. fr. Pg. deos God, L. deus

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol

From Chinese Pidgin English, from Portuguese deus (“god”), from Latin deus (“god”), from Proto-Indo-European *deywós (“god/that which belongs to heaven”).

  1. A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol.
  2. (informal) Luck.

joss was also found in the following language(s): Finnish

Notable Persons Named Joss

Joss Whedon is a writer, director, producer, and composer. He was most active from 1989 to present. Joss was given the name Joseph Hill Whedon by his parent Tom Whedon on June 23rd, 1964 in , New York, U.S.


Joss Stone is a soul music, contemporary r&b, blues, jazz, and funk musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2001. Joss was given the name Joscelyn Eve Stoker on April 11th, 1987 in Dover, Kent, England.


Joss Ackland is an actor. Joss was born on February 29th, 1928 in North Kensington, London, England, UK.


Joss Naylor is an athlete. Joss was born on February 10th, 1936 in Wasdale Head.


Joss was born on December 20th, 1991 in Salt Lake City.


Joss Labadie is a soccer player for the Dagenham & Redbridge F.C., West Bromwich Albion F.C., Shrewsbury Town F.C., Cheltenham Town F.C., Tranmere Rovers F.C., Notts County F.C., and Torquay United F.C. Joss was born on August 31st, 1990 in Croydon, England.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Joss

Jonathan was born in 1965 in San Antonio.


Addie Joss was a baseball player. Addie was born on April 12th, 1880 in Woodland, Dodge County, Wisconsin. He breathed his last breath on April 14th, 1911.


Chris Joss is an acid jazz, lounge, jazz funk, funk, electronica, lounge music, and jazz-funk musician, record producer, and composer. His ongoing career started in 1998. Chris is also known as Chris Josse.


Scott Joss is a country music musician. He plays Fiddle, Mandolin, and Guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1980 to 1980.


Bob Joss is a businessman, banker, and company director. Bob was given the name Robert Law Joss . Bob is also known as Joss and Bob.


Morag Joss is a writer.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1977 5 0 5
1978 6 0 6
1980 5 0 5
1988 8 0 8
1989 5 0 5
1990 6 0 6
1991 5 0 5
1997 7 0 7
1998 5 0 5
1999 5 0 5
2000 7 0 7
2001 6 0 6
2002 13 0 13
2003 15 0 15
2004 10 0 10
2005 41 17 24
2006 34 20 14
2007 28 8 20
2008 27 18 9
2009 27 13 14
2010 25 17 8
2011 23 12 11
2012 24 9 15
2013 21 5 16
2014 39 18 21
2015 35 20 15
2016 34 18 16
2017 34 15 19
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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Popularity of Joss as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Joss U.S.
  White 95.74% 64.26%
  African American 0.85% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.71% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Joss

People with the last name Joss are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Joss

  • How Popular is the name Joss? Joss is the 16,314th most popular name of all time. As a last name Joss was the 32,632nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Joss have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 500 babies born with the first name Joss in the United States. That's more than enough people named Joss to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Joss? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1977 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Joss first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Joss is Monday, July 11th, 1892.
  • What year had the most people named Joss born? The highest recorded use of the first name Joss was in 2005 with a total of 24 babies.
  • Random Joss Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Joss is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Joss: Your name in reverse order is Ssoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ssjo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Joss? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 704 people with the last name Joss.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Joss? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Joss as their last name since less than 1 person in 417k 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).
  • 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.
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