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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Joseph

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

A few facts about the boy's name Joseph:

  • Records indicate that 2,541,960 boys in the United States have been named Joseph since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1956, when 32,695 people in the U.S. were given the name Joseph. Those people are now 65 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Joseph

    86% Approval Rating
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      24 Positive Comments

  • "Joe and Joseph are classic names, now that Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States, will it help the image & popularity of the name ? Funny how in the last episode of the TV series Star Trek: Voyager the episode "Endgame" the Emergency Medical Holographic Doctor, EMH finally took a name for himself, that name was... Joe" Jan. 22, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a class name absolutely unreal only the best people are called Joseph" Mar. 18, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Joseph and I love my name. My late mom named it to me after the Torah portion of the week when I was born which is about the story of Joseph. I guess mom intuitively knew from the start what will going to happen to my life because incidentally, I can relate much to that biblical character's life story." Jun. 24, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name?because it's my name! I have never had any problem with having this name. It's a strong name and biblical so the roots of it are very nice to come from. But I'm not really a big fan of "Joe", my whole family calls me "Joey", and that is perfectly fine." Dec. 31, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother only called me Joseph, to almost everyone else, I'm Joe. The only version I won't answer to, is "Joey"." Dec. 20, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just love the name Joseph. My lovely boys name is Joseph but he calls himself Joe. I love both names xxx" Sep. 2, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name. It is my brother's name. He hates it. He hates that people insist on shortening it to "Joe," and he hates that it is such a common name. He is an uncommon man and wants to change his name to something that would better suit his personality. Like I said, I like it. I like him and it is his name, therefore I like his name. But then, it isn't my name." Jun. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Joseph. We named our son Joseph. Our family calls him Joseph, friends call him Joe. :)" Mar. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like the name Joseph- it's Biblical, handsome, and is my brother's name. Great name!!! :-D" Jan. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Joseph is such a comman name in my family its crazy" Feb. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "this name kicks as$ over all those colton--hunter--weston--finnegan--gunnar--payton-type names. and plus... if i were named joseph, i'd nevvvvvver go by "joe". joseph's too magical." Dec. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandson's name. It's a good, strong name and suits him. Shortened to Joe or Joey sometimes." Oct. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name joseph, some people could shorten it to joe or just stick with joseph, its a really nice boys name, UK." Oct. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name! Joseph Andrew Hunter Coxford. I like it, but since he's becomiong more vocal he's started to want to be called Seth or Seph, instead of Joe. :)" Jun. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Joseph was the best name is the best name and the best name there will ever be no one can match a name as good as Joseph because simpily it is the best ever created and ever will be." Dec. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I personally like the joey, joe, joseph phases of my name. It does/can corrolate to different decades I believe - and of course I can regress to joey at times." Oct. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is going to be the name of my fifth grandchild (fourth grandson) due in November of this year. I love the name!" Jul. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My deceased grandfather's first name was Joseph.I love the name because it's the name having to do with Christ.He was his father.I am pregnant and plan to keep on the name including it in the name if this is a son." Jun. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Joseph and we've never had a problem with someone pernouncing the name wrong or spelling it wrong. The only minor problem there is is people calling him in spanish. But it's a beautiful biblical name and that's why we named our son that." Jun. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this name. I have a special friend named Joseph. In spanish it's Jose but I like Joseph way better. It's Biblical too." May. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dad's name. Future son's name. Will also be pronounced Jose." Mar. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Funny to have a son named Joe in China, where we live, because our house help--2 sisters-- are named Zhou. Everyone turns around when we try to call for our son, and our cook and nanny think our son has a Chinese name." Feb. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Joseph was a very enduring and faithful person. So, i find this name a great name for anyone who wants a son to be faithful to their parents, and even to God." Feb. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "People like the name. It gives me respect that I deserve. Only a few do not know how to spell it. Some others have the same name. I am overjoyed to bear this name and would never change it -after 40+ years. Strongly suggest it." Dec. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "I recently encountered one said Joseph. He believes that he is Jesus incarnate and frequently bursts into songs from Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat. Avoid at all costs. :)))))))))" Nov. 26, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "It reminds me of drug dealers and sexual affairs and snoop dogg" Aug. 18, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "it reminds me of my dad drinking and doing doing a lot of drugs" Jun. 13, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my name and I hate it. It sounds to formal and serious." Oct. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      7 Neutral Comments

  • "I?ve changed to having people call me Joe. In America Joseph seems too formal. I only use my full name Joseph in business and work related settings." Mar. 20, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My oldest son is named Joseph, and I think it's such a great male name. It's masculine, and yes, very popular but at the same time fresh and timeless. There will always be Josephs!" Jan. 20, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My partners name is Joseph and everyone that knows him calls him Joe." Nov. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my husband insists that joseph is incorrectly spelled, and the most popular and correct version is spelled Joesph. Has anyone ever heard of this?" Jun. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our sons name is Josif I chose the name his father chose the spelling. It's great name and my sons likes it but the spelling is annoying to him. So keep it true to it's form" Jan. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Chose it for my Confirmation name, after St. Joseph." Jul. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Although some girls are called Joseph, I think that the name Joseph is controlled by boys because more boys are named Joseph than girls. Joseph is so popular that in England (UK), it is one of the top 10 names for boys." May. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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