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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: He Shall Add

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Josephine

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Josephine in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Josephine:

  • Records indicate that 291,492 girls in the United States have been named Josephine since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 8,681 people in the U.S. were given the name Josephine. Those people are now 102 years old.

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    Comments about the name Josephine

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      20 Positive Comments

  • "I love my name! My parents named me after my Uncle who died just a few years before I was born. His name was Christophe Joseph. I go by Josie the only thing i dislike is that people pronounce my name ?Jozee? when I pronounce it ?Josee? is sounds way prettier. Also my one friend spells my name Joise but its funny now. Overall I LOOOOOVE my name!!!" Aug. 29, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name so much and I hope that it doesn't become popular because I like how rare it is and I've been hearing more and more Josephines and Josies. I'm called Josie most of the time but I get a variety of nicknames such as Jojo, Jos, Jojophina, and sadly, Jose. My only complaints are is that everyone says it with a z sound instead of an s sound and that if they are reading it aloud they will say Joseph or Jose which is a bit humiliating and also people immediately start calling me Jose for some reason." Nov. 10, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Josephine after my great grandma. I love the name so much! I go by Josie though and I get so many nicknames that don't bother me a bit (I get called them so much I've become immune, if you call me anything that starts with a J I will most likely respond lol) I get called (from most to least common)Jojo, Joes, J?se, S-phine, Jo-bug, Fefe, etc.... The only one who calls me Josephine is my Grandma. Josie is the main name I go by. Josie and Josephine both fit me so well and I'm so proud to have it. My mom jokes that after I was born Josephines started popping up everywhere. All the ones I know are younger (except my grandma) I feel like I started a trend and I love it!" May. 23, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Josephine and I love my name,it's classy and everyone says Wow that's a lovely name,so I'm so proud of it. It was my aunts name,and my grans sisters name along with my grandmother. My gran and my Uncle used to call me Josephina, My niece(who's middle name is Josephine) and her children cal me Aunty Jojo which I love and one or two of my friends call me Jo but I don't allow Josie as I dislike that name. I am from Scotland and there are a few people called Josephine that I know but you find it's usually a traditional name that's been passed down from a family member." Jul. 10, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "i named my yet to be born babygirl Josephine. I love how it is'nt too populair but so pretty and feminine." Feb. 6, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name; the only downside to it is the rather bothersome nickname Josie (Which I hate beyond belief) but those close to me know I dislike that name and due to that I have quite a array of nicknames (The one used by my friends; Fino)." Jan. 21, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Josephine nd Ive always thought it was strong nd unique in its own pretty way the only thing i dont like is my nickname Jo because so many people spell it like a guys name:Joe!nd sum think of a guy rite off so i also go by Nina which is soooo much cuter and girly than plain old Jo :)" Dec. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey, my name is Josephine too and I love it, even though many peole say it's old and my gandma's name is Josephine but it suits me sooooo much and people call me josie but Josephine is lovely and gorgeous!" Dec. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Josephine is my name too. I love it. People call me Josie, which I don't mind that much - but I really prefer and love to be called Josephine. I rarely meet people with the same name, so when I do it's quite a novelty. I particularly love it when it's pronounced by someone from a French background with a strong French accent." Aug. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate


  • "My 15 month old daughter is named Josephine. It was my grandmother and aunt's name. We call her Josie. LOVE IT" Sep. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is named Josephine as well. She's 2 and wont answer to anything but Joey or Jo. If you ask her is here name is Josephine she'll tell you no. We haven't come across anyone with that name except my grandmother. I love how it is classic and unique for our times." Apr. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My little sister is named Josephine and she likes to tell people what her name is. She loves bragging saying "My name is Josephine!" the name suits her." Mar. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "SO CUTE. Jo, Josie, Joey, all cute nicknames, and Josephine is so classic yet cool." Dec. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is Josephine, we call her Josie. Tons of nicknames, Jo, JoJo, Finey... Not common yet noone mispronounces it or misspells it." Aug. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Josephine is a really great name. I wouldn't mind having it myself. I imagine someone with that name as being strong-willed and independent. Oh, and Joey makes a really cool nick-name." Jul. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My almost two year old is Josephine. We call her Fifi, affectionately. No one ever misspells it or mispronounces it or has ever guessed that she is anything but 100% feminine. It's been my favorite name since I was 3 and it was also the name of a beloved Aunt. I'm thrilled that I finally had a girl to give it to!" Apr. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My very favorite girl name. My first (of three) daughter is named Josephine. My only regret is that I probably should have named her Josie, as that's all we have ever called her. While I love Josephine, it would probably have been easier in her to be officially named Josie instead." Jan. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is josephine and it makes me feel special now that many don't have it. its a wonderful name." Jan. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my 1 year old daughter, Josephine and have had no problems with people spelling it wrong nor have they mispronounced it. I get only wonderful comments on her name and since it's my favorite name (I wish it were mine!), I'm very pleased that it's hers!" Jul. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "my sister's name is josephine and she doesn't like it because people call her Joey and she doesn't like being called a boy name" Apr. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      10 Neutral Comments

  • "I love it because it is my name too but every one spells it wrong" Oct. 30, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Josephine and I'm proud of the name because the name Josephine is very rear in my friends call me Josie or but closer friends call me Joe...... its a wonderful name.....I'm from Nigeria" Jan. 30, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is josephine people really pronounce it very well and i love the name my dad gave me the name anytime i tell anybody my name they said i had a very beautiful name and am proud of my name" Aug. 24, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, my name is Josephine too from Kenya...i lyk my nem its classic,beautiful,formal n exquisit.My friends give me alot of nicknames*Josie Jojo Joss Sphine Fifi etc* no one cals me Jo coz if they do i give them a whack in the head. Its a family name that most people dont have and dont have problem pronouncing it and am proud to have it coz all Josephines are beautiful and unique" Oct. 19, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to hate my name; I got mocked and bullied for it constantly. Some friends actually like it now, and that helps. I've gone through a few nicknames, mostly "Jodey," but some others in French and Spanish. I insist on Josefina in Spanish; "Jodi" sounds obscene. I like the name much better in French, it sounds prettier and can get shortened to Jos?e sometimes. Parents, please don't give your child this name unless you are prepared to intervene when she gets bullied. Don't be dismissive of it or of her if she does. Not liking your own name and having it used as a title of scorn is very painful growing up." Oct. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Josephine has been my favorite name since I was a child and I often wish it had been my own name... as such, I hope to someday have a little girl I can give this beautiful name to 9and pray in the meantime that it doesn't blow up as a super popular name). I love Josephine but like Joey for short, too..." Jun. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name's Josephine. i love it. it's great because it can have so many derivations, most of my close friends call me something different (jo, jozza, josie, jaz, joz .. the list goes on) which is really lovely, and my family call me 'josa' which i also love. and it's french which is always a bonus" Feb. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Josephine,(called Josie for short), and though I hated it until I was 13, now I love it. I've only ever met one Josephine (though she was much older). It's a very classic yet very unique name." Oct. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is josphina and i get called jojo,josie,jo.I really like my name it is quit nice.I known alot of things that come from my name that makes me feel special" Aug. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Josephine as well. (She's 1 now too) It's a family name and though I had worries about it being too prissy, I do think it is quite beautiful now and fits her completely. We call her Josie as well. I love that it's not too popular of a name, but it still has that classic quality to it that's popular nowadays." May. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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