Joseph is a masculine given name originating from Hebrew, recorded in the Hebrew Bible, as יוֹסֵף, Standard Hebrew Yossef, Tiberian Hebrew and Aramaic Yôsēp̄. The name can be translated from Hebrew יוסף יהוה yosef YHWH as signifying "Yahweh/Jehovah shall increase/add". The name appears in the book of Genesis: Joseph is Jacob's eleventh son and Rachel's first son, and known in the Jewish Bible as Yossef ben-Yaakov. In the New Testament there are two others named Joseph: 1) Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus; and, 2) Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Jesus who supplied the tomb in which Jesus was buried. The form "Joseph" is used mostly in English, French and German-speaking countries. In Persian the name is called "Yousef". In Spanish the name is called "José". In Arabic, including in the Qur'an, the name is spelled يوسف or Yūsuf. The name has enjoyed significant popularity in its many forms in numerous countries, and Joseph was one of the two names, along with Robert, to have remained in the top 10 boys' names list in the US from 1925 to 1972. It is especially common in contemporary Israel, as either "Yossi" or "Yossef", and in Italy, where the name "Giuseppe" was the most common male name in the 20th century.
1 Common nicknames 2 Variations in other languages
2.1 Female forms
3.1.1 Biblical figures 3.1.2 Royalty 3.1.3 Other
4 See also 5 References
Common nicknames Diminutives of Joseph include Joe and Joey. Others include Ossie (in Assyrian Neo-Aramaic), Joss and Jody. The feminine form of the name, Josephine, is commonly abbreviated to Jo. Variations in other languages Variations for males include:
Afrikaans: Josef Albanian: Zef, Josif, Isuf Alsatian: Sepp Amharic: ዮሴፍ (Yosēfi) Armenian: Հովսեփ (Hovsep) Arabic: يوسف (Yūsuf, Youssef, Yussef, Yousif, Yousef) Azerbaijani: Yusif, Yusuf, Usub Belarusian: Іосіф, (Iosif), Язэп, (Yazep) Bengali: ইউসুফ (Iusuf or Yusuf) (Islamic), জোসেফ (Jushef) (Christian) Bosnian: Josip, Jusuf Basque: Joseba, Josepe Bulgarian: Йосиф (Yosif) Burmese (Myanmar): ယောသပ်သည် (Yaw sautsai) Cantonese: 育瑟夫 (Yùsèfū) Catalan: Josep, Pep (shortened form), Jep (an alternative shortened form) Corsican: Ghjaseppu Croatian: Josip, Joso, Jozo, Joza, Joze, Joško, Joža, Jože, Bepo, Bepi, Pino, Osíp Czech: Josef, Diminutives: Pepa, Pepík, Pepik, Jožka, Pepan, Pepča, Pepek, Pepino, Jožin Danish: Josef Dutch: Jozef, Joep, Joost, Jos, Jo, Jef, Seppe, Josephus English: Joseph, Joe, Joey Esperanto: Jozefo Estonian: Joosep, Joosu Faroese: Jósef Fijian: Josefa Finnish: Jooseppi, Juuso French: José, Joseph, Jojo Friulian: Bepi, Bepo, Bepùt Galician: Xosé Georgian: იოსებ (Ioseb), სოსო ("Soso") German: Josef, Joseph; Jupp (familiar); Sepp, Seppl or Pepi (familiar or diminutive forms, particularly in South Germany and Austria) Greek: Ἰωσήφ (Iōséph), Ἰώσηπος (Iosepos), (Iosipos) Gujarati: જોસેફ (Jōsēpha) Hebrew: יוסף (Yosef), יוסי ("Yossi"/"Joey") Hiligaynon: José, Josef, Josep (rare) Hindi: यूसुफ (Yūsuf) Hungarian: József; Jóska (diminutive) Icelandic: Jósef, Jói Igbo: Yôsēp̄, Yossef, Josef Indonesian: Yoseph, Yosep, Yusuf, Yusup, Ucup, Josef, Joseph Interlingua: Joseph Italian: Giuseppe, Giù, Beppe, Peppe, Peppino, Pino, Bepi, Beppo, Pippo, Puccio, Gioseffo Irish: Seosamh, Iósaf Japanese: ヨセフ (Yosefu), ジョセフ (Jyosefu) Kambaata language, Ethiopia: Yeseffe, Yese, Josse, Jossy Kannada: ಜೋಸೆಫ್ (Jōseph) Kazakh: Yusuf, Jusip Khmer: យ៉ូសែប (Yousaep) Korean: 요셉 (Yosep), 조셉 '('Joseb) Kyrgyz: Жусуп (Dzhusup) Latin: Iosephus Latvian: Jāzeps Limburgish: Joep, Sef Lithuanian: Juozapas, Juozas (shorter form), Juzas (shortest form) Lombard: Giüsèpp, Pèpp, Bèpp Macedonian: Јосиф (J̌osif) Malayalam: ജോസപ്പ് (Josapp) or ജോസപ്പൻ (Josappan), ഔസേപ്പ് (Ousepp), യോസേപ്പ് (Yosef), ഔസേപച്ചന് (Ouseppachen), കൊച്ചാപ്പു (Kochaappu), ഈപ്പൻ (Eappan), ഈപ്പച്ചൻ (Eappachan), ജോസഫ് (Jēāsaph) Malaysian: Yusuf, Yusop, Yusoff, Jusoh, Usop Manado Malay: Josef, Yosef, Oce' Maltese: Ġużeppi, Ġużi, Ġuż, Ġużè, Peppi, Peppu, Peppinu, Pepp, Żeppi, Żeppu, Żepp Mandarin: simplified Chinese: 约瑟; traditional Chinese: 約瑟; pinyin: (Yuēsè), simplified Chinese: 约瑟夫; traditional Chinese: 約瑟夫; pinyin: (Yuēsèfū), 玉素甫 (Yùsùfǔ), Zho-Zi-Fu Marathi: योसेफ Maori: Hohepa Mongolian: Иосеф (Iosyef) Nepali: यूसुफ (Yūsupha) Norwegian: Josef Occitan: Josèp Persian: يوسف (Youssef ,Yūsuf, Yussef) Polish: Józef (Yu-zef), Diminutive: Józek, Józio Portuguese: José, Josefo, Zé, Zezé (the last two are nicknames) Provençal: Jóusè Punjabi: ਯੂਸੁਫ਼ (Yūsufa) Quechua: Husiy Romanian: Iosif Romansch: Giusep, Gisep, Giusi, Sepp Russian: Иосиф (Iosif), Осип ("Osip") Samoan: Iosefa (Sefa) Sardinian: Josepe, Zosepe, Gisepu Scottish Gaelic: Seòsaidh Serbian: Јосиф (Josif), Јосеф (Josef), Јозеф (Jozef) Sepedi: Josefa Sicilian: Giuseppi Sinhala: ජොසේ (Jose), ජෝසේෆ් (Jōsēf) Slovak: Jozef, Jožo, Dodo, Ďoďo Slovene: Jožef, Jože Spanish: José; hypocoristic versions: Pepe, Chepe, Che, Cheo, Chelo Sundanese: Yusup, Usup, Ucup Swedish: Josef Sylheti: য়ুসুফ (Yusuf) Syriac: ܝܘܣܦ (Yosip, Yausef, Ossi) Tagalog: Jose, Pepe, Peping, Tamil: ஜோசப் (Jōcap, Josef), யொசெப் (Yocep, Yosef) Telugu: జోసెఫ్ (Jōsef) Thai: โจเซฟ (Co sef, Josef) Tongan: Siosefa Turkish: Yusuf, Yasef Ukrainian: Йосип (Yosyp) Urdu: يوسف (Yūsuf) Uzbek: Иосиф (Iosif) Valencian: Josep Venetian: Juxepe, Bepi, Bepin Vietnamese: Giu-se or Giô-xếp or Yuse or Giô-sép Welsh: Joseff Yiddish: Yissl, Yussel, Jayzl Yoruba: Josefu, Yesufu, Yusuf Shona: Joze, Joza Zulu: uJosefa
Female forms Main article: Josephine (name)
Albanian: Jozefina, Zefina Catalan : Josepa, Pepa (shortened) Croatian: Josipa, Josica, Jozica English: Jo, Josephine, Joette French: Joséphine Greek: Ιωσηφίνα (Iosiphina) Irish: Seosaimhín Italian: Giuseppa, Giuseppina Maltese: Ġuża, Ġużeppa Norwegian: Josefine, Josephine Polish : Józefina (Yo-zef-yna) Portuguese: Josefa, Josefina, José (mainly in the compound Maria José), Zezé (nickname) Romansh: Giuseppa, Giuseppina, Samoan: Iosefina Sardinian: Josepa, Zosepa, Zosepedda Spanish: Josefa, Josefina Swedish: Josefin, Josefine, Josephine Yiddish: Jayzl, Yissl
People Joseph Biblical figures
Joseph (patriarch), son of Jacob in the Hebrew Bible book of Genesis Saint Joseph, husband of Mary the mother of Jesus Joseph of Arimathea, secret disciple of Jesus
Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II of Austria Franz Joseph I of Austria
Joseph I of Portugal, King of Portugal Joseph, Prince of Brazil Joseph, General Inquisitor (1720–1801) – a natural son of King John V of Portugal, one of the Children of Palhavã.
Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain, King of Naples
Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria, King of Bavaria Joseph (Khazar), king of the Khazars during the 950s and 960s
Gamamedaliyanage Joseph Lalith Neomal Perera (born 1965), Sri Lankan Member of Parliament Joseph (Petrovykh) (1872–1937), metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church Joseph Albrier, French painter Joe Alexander (American football), American football player Joseph Anoa'i, Samoan-American wrestler Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States Joseph Brodsky, Russian and American poet and essayist Joseph Carraro, State Senator from New Mexico Chief Joseph, Nez Perce tribal leader Joe Choynski, American boxer Joe Clancy, American football player Harry Connick, Jr. (Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr.), American singer, actor and pianist Joseph Connors, American art historian Joseph Conrad, Polish-British writer Joseph Cook, Prime Minister of Australia Joseph Cotten, American actor Joseph Daye, Australian footballer Joseph Dempsie, British actor Joseph Dennie, American writer Josef Dobrovský, Czech philologist and historian Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player Joe Dolan, Irish showband singer Joseph W. Esherick, American historian of China Joseph Estrada, 13th President of the Philippines Joseph Fenton, informer killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army Joseph Fitzgerald (other), multiple people Joseph Peter de Fonseka (1897-1948), Sri Lankan essayist and editor Joe Garagiola, American baseball player and broadcaster Joseph Gelfer, British researcher in religion and masculinities Joe Gomez, English footballer Joseph Glidden, created barbed wire Joseph Goebbels, propaganda minister of Nazi Germany Joseph Gordon-Levitt, American actor Joseph Hagerty, American gymnast Joe Hart, English football player Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer Joseph Heller, American author Joseph Dalton Hooker, British botanist Joe Horlen, American baseball player Joe Jacobi, American canoer Joe Jacobson, Welsh soccer player Joe Jonas, lead vocals, the Jonas Brothers Josef Jungmann, Czech poet and linguist Joseph Kabui, first President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville Joseph Kaiser, Canadian opera singer Jusuf Kalla, 10th Vice President of Indonesia, 2004-09 Joe Kaminer, South African rugby player Joe Katchik, American football player Joe Keeble, American football player Joseph P. Kennedy, American businessman, financer and politician Joseph Koo, Hong Kong composer and arranger Joe Lamas, American football player Joe Lieberman, US Senator from Connecticut Joseph Lyons, Prime Minister of Australia Joseph B. MacInnis (born 1937), Canadian physician, underwater diver and author Joe Magidsohn, Russian, American football player Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American film director, producer and screenwriter Joseph Marwa, Tanzanian boxer Joe Mauer, American baseball player Joseph Mazzello, American actor Joseph McCarthy, US Senator from Wisconsin Joe McElderry, British singer and winner of The X Factor Joe McGlone (1896–1963), American football player Joseph Carey Merrick, the "Elephant Man" Joseph Mengele, Nazi scientist Joe Minucci (born 1981), American football player Joe Montana, Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, first person to create a permanent photograph Joseph Oliver (other), multiple people Joe O'Malley, American football player Joseph Oosting, Dutch football player Joseph Paulo, New Zealand rugby player Joe Pasquale, winner of the 4th series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Joe Paterno, Penn State football coach Joe Pavelski (born 1984), American ice hockey player Joe Perry, Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Pesci, American actor Joe Picker (born 1987), Australian rugby player Joseph Pickett, American painter Joseph Planta (librarian) (1744–1828), Swiss principal librarian of the British Museum, and his son Sir Joseph Planta (1787–1847), English politician Joe the Plumber, figure mentioned at least 20 times during the 2008 US presidential debates Joe Prokop (born 1960), American football player Joe Prokop (halfback) (1921–1995), American football player Joseph Ponniah, 1st Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Batticaloa Joseph Ratzinger, given name of Pope Benedict XVI Joe Righetti (born 1947), American football player Joe Root, a 19th-century American naturalist from Erie, Pennsylvania Joseph Sarvananthan, Sri Lankan Tamil Anglican priest Joe Satriani, instrumental rock guitarist Joe Sevario, American politician Joe Schilling, American kickboxer Joseph Simmons, aka DJ Run, of rap group Run-DMC Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement Joseph Smith, III, son of Joseph Smith and Mormon Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953 Joe Stringfellow (1918–1992), American football player Joseph Ualesi, Australian rugby player Joseph Valtellini (born 1985), Canadian kickboxer Joseph Vaz, Indian Catholic priest, "Apostle of Sri Lanka" Joe Vetrano (1918–1995), American football player Joseph Vijay, Tamil actor Joe Vodicka, American football player Joseph Wapasha, Mdewakanton Sioux chief Joss Whedon, American screenwriter, director and producer Joseph Wilf (1925-2016), Polish-born American businessman Joe Winkler (1922–2001), American football player Joseph Wiseman (1918–2009), Canadian actor Joseph Michael Perera (born 1941), Sri Lankan politician Rayappu Joseph, 2nd Bishop of Mannar Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas (born 1974), Sri Lankan cricketer
Joseph Ayo Babalola, Nigerian religious figure
Seosamh Ó Cuaig, Irish politician Seosamh Ó Duibhginn, Irish editor Seosamh Ó hÉanaí, Irish singer Seosamh Laoide, Irish scholar Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil, Irish poet Seosamh Mac Grianna, Irish writer
Saint Joseph (other) Josef Jozef József Yosef (other), a variation of the name in Hebrew, and the Dutch eye dialect of the name Yusuf (other), as rendered in Islam/Arabic Joe (other)
^ http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0130.htm (כד וַתִּקְרָא אֶת-שְׁמוֹ יוֹסֵף, לֵאמֹר: יֹסֵף יְהוָה לִי, בֵּן אַחֵר. 24 And she called his name Joseph, saying: 'The LORD add to me another son.') ^ Genesis 30:24 ^ "JACOB, also called Israel". http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/. JewishEncyclopedia.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015. External link in website= (help) ^ "JOSEPH". jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/. JewishEncyclopedia.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015. ^ Frank Nuessel (1992). The Study of Names: A Guide to the Principles and Topics. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 10. Retrieved 11 September 2013. – via Questia (subscription required) ^ Behind the Name – the Etymology and History of First Names ^ In Portuguese, Flavius Josephus, the author of the Jewish Antiquities is known as Flávio Josefo.
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