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Joshua

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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: God is my Salvation

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Joshua

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Joshua in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Joshua:

  • Records indicate that 1,149,416 boys in the United States have been named Joshua since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1989, when 44,074 people in the U.S. were given the name Joshua. Those people are now 27 years old.

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    Comments about the name Joshua

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      57 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Joshua Corea. Some of my family can not pronounce it so they call me Josue. When I get in trouble my mother calls me Joshuita. My best friend calls me Joshy. I've never let anyone call me Josh. When people find out I go by Josue as well, they think it's cool and that it sounds french. I feel that is too white for me. I want to be a teacher. And I don't know what to be called. Mr. Joshua? Mr. Corea. I feel neither sound catchy. I'll probably go with Mr. Corea." Oct. 7, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My oldest, born in 1996, is named Ronald Joshua but goes by Josh. I like it because it is short, simple, and everyone can spell it. A friend at work mentioned the name to me, I mentioned it to my hubby and he was immediately hooked." May. 9, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my nam is Joshua and I am 7 years old my mom and dad got my name from the bible." Jul. 28, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our youngest son "Jpshua", which was frequently shortened to "Josh". He was an amazing child and a blessing to our lives and family. He lived his short life to the fullest...earned the legendary "Green Beret" and served with the 7th Special Forces Group...he sacrificed his life for freedom in Afghanistan. My heart lurches with pain every time I hear his name but he lived up to the honor of the Biblical warrior Joshua. GREAT name...GREAT MAN! I will miss him every day of my life." Jul. 6, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Joshua is my 5 year old's name. I call him Josh, but since he had been going to kindergarten, he keeps correcting me to call him Joshua. :)" Jun. 9, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Joshua Train. I think it is an awesome name. It is strong and a little unique." Feb. 25, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my first child Joshua. He is 16 now. I love his name. If you do not want your child to be called Josh, then choose another name! Not one single friend he has ever had, has ever called him Joshua. Not one single teacher he has ever had has ever called him Joshua - even though all his official paperwork has his name as Joshua and he only writes his name as Joshua. Now that he is much older he stands up to his teachers and refuses to answer their questions until they call him Joshua instead of Josh." Dec. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its like.... "...Josh...ooh....aah......" Nothing sounds sexier uttered from the lips of a beautiful woman.....especially under the right circumstances, if you know what I mean.... are you picking up what Im layin down? ;) awww yea...." Feb. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joshua too, but everyone calls me Josh." Jan. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Josh is a very unique name and it sounds so beautiful." Dec. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name is joshua but i go by josh my grandmother hated when people call me josh" Jun. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Joshua's a pretty common name but i love it! some people pronounce my name as ""jo-sure". sounds weird to me." Oct. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "woooo yeah go Joshua best name EVA. If ur Josh you ROK!" Sep. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Awesome meaning to the name - God is my salvation awesome name:)" Aug. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i luv ma name! Its gr8! Evry1 wid da name joshua is cool wid me" Jun. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Joshua. My nephew's name is Joshua and he is 3 years old. We call him Joshy or Josh. It really is a perfect name. If my sister didn't name her son Joshua I would have definitly named my son Joshua." May. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my sons name. I named him it at the last minute." May. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Joshua. We choose it from the bible and chose it because it was a strong name. And nobody else in the family was named Joshua." Jan. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Joshua. I wish I had known that it meant Jesus before I named him this as I never would have named him Joshua had I known. We don't know anyone else with the name Joshua." Jan. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "everyone is italy calls me jorge, which is really funny. And through school some teachers would say joel." Jan. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and I just named our new baby son Matthew Joshua, we intend to call him by "Josh" as my first name is Matthew" Nov. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our names our Joshua and we love it woooooo! Go Joshua's (unless your a bad person then change then chenge your name to stpehen)" Nov. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is joshua and it is great..i am so proud to have such a wonderful name..yaya for mee" Nov. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i really like the name Joshua and the nickname thaat comes with it, Josh. i've always thought it was a cute name and if i ever have a baby bot his name is going to be Joshua!" Oct. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Josh is a great name i love it! Im obbsessed with it!" Oct. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is joshua but everyone calles me josh.i luv my name.and even know there is alot of josh's there could only be one of me a and thats me..lol" Sep. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im Joshua( Josh ) I love my name and it suits me because I love joshing around" Sep. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "The Joshua I know only likes to be called Josh. He says Joshua is his slave name...yikes. But I think his name fits him very well." Sep. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, my name is Joshua but everyone calls me Josh idc its my name you should like your name?" Sep. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always thought my name was pretty common and I have had two strange experiences where many people in the same day mispronounced my name Joe-Shoo-Ah and another lady say "That's a strange name...where does that come from?" oh I don't its a little book, maybe you have heard of it... the Bible." Aug. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "THIS IS NOT MY NAME! I'M A GIRL! BUT THIS IS MY BOYFRIENDS' NAME AND I LOVE THIS NAME. SOME PEOPLE PRONOUNCE IT WRONG. THEY SAY,"JASHUA" I HAVE LIKE THREE FRIENDS WITH THE SAME NAME OR ALMOST THE SAME." Jul. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have just called our little baby Joshua and we love the name to bits. Joshua is getting very popular in the UK and there are a couple of other Joshua's in the nursery where I work. That initially put me off but I like the name so much I though I would name him Joshua anyway even if it does cause confusion!" Jun. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my name and i like it a lot, but i usually go by my last name and when i tell people who just meet me they usually say that i look like a josh" Jun. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My partner and I are having our first baby in August and I was pleased when my partner approached me and said... "What do ya think of the name Joshua for our son?". I think it's a great name- nice and strong and I like that it can be shortened to Josh as well. I'm more pleased that My partner came up with it himself and had obviously put a great deal of thought into it :)" May. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend's name is Joshua; strangely, he's got a sneaky streak in him (referring to the meaning of the name). I've always thought the name Joshua was a lovely name." May. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "well im always worried about death.im very material listic and very stuborn.but love life and love the out doors." May. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love that name! My boy friends name is Josh and he is such a cute kid." May. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Joshua. We love his name. He was born a few months after my husband became a Christian. The meaning of the name is God is my Salvation." Apr. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My five years old son named Joshua and he's very active. Joshua is the most beautiful name for a boy and it come with leadership attached." Mar. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joshua! Only i get called Josh 99% of the time and my Mum calls me Joshua when she wantsme to do something... or when she's angry.. Lol!" Mar. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Who could not love the name Joshua? It's a very cool name. Personally I don't like it's short form "Josh" though, it somehow totally ruins the name!" Feb. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Joshua.. I always think of a really handsome boy when I think of this name." Feb. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My little boy's name is Joshua. Like other comments he is Joshua when he has been naughty and Joshy and Josh when he has been good (most of the time). Although he too has many friends with the same name it suits him very much and we are so please we chose it for him." Jan. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Josh and we both think it is a great name. We love the Biblical tie--meaning "the LORD saves." It is just a classic, but it isn't worn out." Nov. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Josh is my name it it's mad nice, even though my friends call me spankdupe." Nov. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first grandson born on 14/10/06 has been named Joshua. No - one in my family has this name and I have never known anyone called Joshua so it's an unusual name for us." Oct. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always loved the name joshua and when i have kids i am hopeing that my husband will let me name one of my boys joshua." Aug. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a great name! But it's very popular and could cause some identity problems so I would suggest only considering this name to go with a unique last name as there are already too many Joshua Johnsons & Smiths." Aug. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have found that the ladies tend to like my name, Joshua." Jun. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely love this name and if I have a son I'll definately call him Joshua, it sounds so sweet and strong at the same time. The short of Joshua, Josh, is also nice." Jun. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is joshua and i love it and so do the sexy girls when were doing it" May. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I met a 28 year old AA male named Joshua. The name meaning the Lord is Salvation. this man lives and breathes for the Lord. It is the PERFECT name for him. He is living up to his name. Truly, there is power in a anme." May. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "dis is my name........ da best name in da world but i hate wen i get in trouble cuz i gotta here my moms call me joshua......" Apr. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, it's my little brother's name! and it suites him well! :)" Feb. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Joshua Ryan. When I named him I didn't know anyone who had named their child Joshua. He went through all of his school years without ever having a child in his class with the same name. Several years later it seemed there were quite a few but I still love the name. I love the meaning of it! By the way, he was born in 1980." Feb. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is joshua and I was born in 1982. I think it's a wonderfull name, and people around me as well. positive: Women seem to love my name, some even want to name there child after me :-D negative: When I tell people my name,loads and loads of people make a reference to the U2 album: the Joshua Tree. In my 23 years i've heard it like a 100 times. Realy gets on my nerves :-D negative:" Dec. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it my boyfriends name is Joshua!! It fits him very well!!!" Dec. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      7 Negative Comments

  • "Thumbs down because my boyfriend is a Joshuwa not a Joshua!.. And i dont like the way its spelled here!!.. It should most def be Joshuwa!!" Sep. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "If you want your child to feel like just another one in the masses and have a sore neck from turning your head ahead because you hear your name spoken constantly than name your child Joshua. Just name your child Hey it will have the same effect. Seriously unless your child is nothing special than he/she should have a special name. Im not saying make something up, but this chart shows 40,000 people where naming children this at the same time. My name is Joshua. All I ask of you is please don't make your child scorn your intelligence." Sep. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 2years old, and he was named Joshua when I was 4 months pregant, by an annoited man of God. I am Happy to call him Joshua." Aug. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi my real name is Joshua and i hate been called it. josh is better. the way i pronouce joshua is j-osh-u-ah. i now its a popular name but josh or joshua does not suit me 4 some reason. from Josh" Aug. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "There are so many Joshuas I know. And they're always the cute and usually sweethearts. TWO THUMBS UP!" Apr. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my nnnnnnnnnnaaaaaammmmmmmeeeeeeeeee iiiiiiiiiiiiissssssssssssssssss josh" Feb. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have about ten friends called joshua and it suits all of them" Feb. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      28 Neutral Comments

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  • "My name is Josh Red Day best name ever! josh roxx my soxx!" Jan. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my husband's name is josh and i call him joshy poo." May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is ShuoWang.It's chinese name. Now I want an Enlish name. It is the most similar with my given name. So......" Aug. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Joshua is synonymous with the name Jesus. "Jesus, the name above all names, and at which in the future judgment every knee shall bow to" (Phi 2:10) Thus it follows that the name Joshua is the best name in the world, hands down bar none forever and ever can u beat that? not a chance buddy Cheers, Josh" Aug. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons daddy, named him Joshua, after the Joshua in the BIBLE." Dec. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Boy names: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Girl names: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z" Dec. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Boy names: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Girl names: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z" Dec. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Boy names: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Girl names: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z" Dec. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, my name is Joshua but everyone calls me Josh idc its my name you should like your name?" Sep. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have just called our little baby Joshua and we love the name to bits. Joshua is getting very popular in the UK and there are a couple of other Joshua's in the nursery where I work. That initially put me off but I like the name so much I though I would name him Joshua anyway even if it does cause confusion!" Jun. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name joshua, my son is called joshua kirsty united kingdom" May. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name joshua being that its my boyfriends name and the name altogether to me is a beautiful name" May. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love people named Joshua because then i can call them Josh, emphasizing the 'sh' part. can you see what i mean?" May. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "There are so many Joshuas I know. And they're always the cute and usually sweethearts. TWO THUMBS UP!" Apr. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Joshua. Im 20 years old. As for my experiences with this name, I personally do not like it. This is fault to my parents, as I come from an all Italian household and Joshua is one of the least italian names I can think of, as there was not even a 'J' in the origional italian alphabet" Mar. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really loved the name Joshua when I was pregnant and at first my husband didn't really like it, but I kept mentioning the name and when our son was born my husband said "joshua" and I said yes. We both love the name and I will always be happy we called him Joshua. He is a gift from the Lord and he is so gorgeous and so loveable. I like to call him Joshua not Josh. I get annoyed when people call him Josh. It might be different if he was older and wanted to be called that." Jan. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am an idia and exepectin a baby in september if it's a baby boy i will definately call him joshua...." Jan. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is a name where people assume the use of a nickname(josh) to be okay. whereas with something like michael, they will ask permission before calling you "mike." odd." Sep. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I guess it depends on the person. I only know one Josh and he's not very nice...so...yeah, but the name's ok" Aug. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it was Jesus's Hebrew name, meaning "Jehovah saves." It is a special name to me." Jul. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "its my name and theres way too many people with it." Apr. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Joshua is a fantastic name. I would my name no other way!!!" Apr. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son Joshua David was born on Easter Sunday 1975. I was told after my 3rd miscarriage that I would never carry full term. Very aptly named and is my only child!" Apr. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We Chose this name(26 years ago now) for our son,as it was from the bible,and meant strength!(you know Joshua fought the battle at Jericho)Always have loved the name.Still do!And the name was definitely the right choice for our son." Apr. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Joshua, it is my husbands name, but he is called Josh by most people exept me. I wish he could be called Joshua all of the time because I think it is a strong, handsome name!" Feb. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is JOSHUA. he is very smart and active. I love this name very much. Sometimes we call him josh." Dec. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend's name is Joshua, we call him Josh. I don't really like his name because i have dated 3 other guys named Josh throughout my life. The good thing about his name is that it sounds good with mine, which is Jen." Nov. 24, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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