Jose Name Meaning

A zesty variant of Joseph, Jose has a whole lot of spice packed in his four letters. Used in both Spanish and Portuguese, Jose’s pronunciation varies between the two but both are equally fashionable. He’s an ultra-suave pick, a charming name that’s mature well beyond his years.

His rich history is packed to the brim with wonderful associations from sports starts to acclaimed authors. He’s also a nice religious option to consider, as he’s been the name of several famous priests and religious leaders throughout history.

Jose is a long-time favorite, consistently appearing on the baby name charts since their creation. While he’s always been somewhat popular, he’s never felt overused, and thanks to his frequent use, he’s been able to avoid spelling and pronunciation problems. In addition, he’s solidified himself as a timeless classic, not at all dated or trendy.

He does feel quite adultlike but can be dressed down with adorable nicknames in his youth like Jojo, Pepe, and Pepito. Zay is another option that wears a bit better as he grows. If you’re looking for a similar name with a bit more length, check out Josepe.

Jose has a natural spark to him, igniting those around his with his passion for life. He approaches each day with tenacity, his endless energy aiding him on the journey of life.

Infographic of Jose name meaning, which is A Spanish form of Joseph, Jose means Jehovah will increase.
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Jose Name Popularity

How popular is the name Jose? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 115 231 0.0656%
1911 127 242 0.065%
1912 160 335 0.0664%
1913 159 415 0.0732%
1914 158 533 0.0765%
1915 170 644 0.0709%
1916 174 661 0.0684%
1917 157 776 0.0776%
1918 159 840 0.0783%
1919 143 985 0.0941%
1920 130 1,202 0.1081%
1921 134 1,178 0.1029%
1922 132 1,230 0.1104%
1923 128 1,281 0.1144%
1924 128 1,360 0.1171%
1925 125 1,414 0.1251%
1926 126 1,422 0.1293%
1927 113 1,609 0.1454%
1928 109 1,729 0.1616%
1929 108 1,654 0.1597%
1930 115 1,569 0.1502%
1931 126 1,327 0.1345%
1932 133 1,285 0.1301%
1933 137 1,148 0.1232%
1934 134 1,197 0.1238%
1935 135 1,138 0.1171%
1936 139 1,089 0.1131%
1937 144 1,053 0.1069%
1938 141 1,139 0.1113%
1939 149 1,069 0.1051%
1940 149 1,138 0.1071%
1941 150 1,161 0.1032%
1942 149 1,283 0.1016%
1943 152 1,329 0.1018%
1944 141 1,480 0.1194%
1945 137 1,566 0.1284%
1946 133 1,806 0.1224%
1947 138 2,041 0.1223%
1948 129 2,202 0.1379%
1949 121 2,384 0.1482%
1950 113 2,597 0.1613%
1951 115 2,649 0.1562%
1952 115 2,648 0.1517%
1953 110 2,963 0.1674%
1954 107 3,175 0.1737%
1955 105 3,266 0.1776%
1956 108 3,354 0.1776%
1957 110 3,433 0.1784%
1958 118 3,375 0.1786%
1959 114 3,537 0.1862%
1960 107 3,872 0.2044%
1961 107 3,730 0.1976%
1962 103 3,794 0.2067%
1963 98 3,987 0.2221%
1964 97 3,935 0.2236%
1965 90 3,917 0.2395%
1966 80 4,154 0.2661%
1967 65 4,369 0.2879%
1968 58 4,751 0.3164%
1969 57 5,155 0.3346%
1970 56 5,680 0.3569%
1971 55 5,964 0.3969%
1972 50 5,902 0.4333%
1973 51 6,073 0.4684%
1974 47 6,692 0.5149%
1975 48 6,946 0.5405%
1976 45 7,029 0.5454%
1977 45 6,886 0.5109%
1978 44 7,125 0.53%
1979 44 7,818 0.5545%
1980 46 8,296 0.5674%
1981 46 8,739 0.5945%
1982 46 8,602 0.5756%
1983 48 8,047 0.5453%
1984 49 7,983 0.5366%
1985 49 8,367 0.5512%
1986 51 8,344 0.5528%
1987 48 8,708 0.5706%
1988 49 8,972 0.5757%
1989 46 10,312 0.639%
1990 41 11,483 0.6928%
1991 37 11,708 0.7183%
1992 37 11,803 0.7395%
1993 36 11,827 0.7586%
1994 36 11,714 0.7633%
1995 35 11,757 0.7801%
1996 32 12,141 0.8109%
1997 32 11,919 0.8059%
1998 33 12,360 0.8258%
1999 35 12,132 0.8101%
2000 34 12,569 0.8228%
2001 34 12,122 0.8045%
2002 30 12,849 0.8574%
2003 30 12,379 0.8137%
2004 28 12,162 0.798%
2005 30 12,047 0.7879%
2006 31 11,583 0.7397%
2007 35 11,227 0.7116%
2008 40 9,805 0.6344%
2009 43 8,798 0.5886%
2010 52 7,685 0.5333%
2011 65 6,745 0.4734%
2012 72 6,018 0.4223%
2013 76 5,612 0.3942%
2014 76 5,467 0.3752%
2015 81 5,143 0.3535%
2016 77 5,093 0.3532%
2017 81 4,757 0.3408%
2018 89 4,280 0.3115%
2019 92 4,092 0.3023%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Jose

If you like Jose, you’ll love these other names like Jose.


What names are diminutives of Jose?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Jose sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Jose, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Joe

A diminutive form of Joseph.

English

Jojo
Josie
Joss

A member of the Germanic tribe, the Gauts

German

Pepe

Jehovah increases

Spanish

Pepito

Jehovah increases

Spanish


What names are variants of Jose?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Jose.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Giuseppe

An Italian form of Joseph.

Italian

Josef

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Joseito

Jehovah increases

Spanish

Joseph

Jehovah will increase

Hebrew

Yosef
Yousef

Jehovah increases

Hebrew


What names sound like Jose?

If you like how Jose sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Jose.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Hosea

Salvation

Hebrew

Hoseia

Salvation

Hebrew

Hoyce

Spirit, soul

Scandinavian

Jesus

God is salvation

Hebrew

Joao

God is gracious

Hebrew

Jorge

Farmer

Spanish


What names are similar to Jose?

Find a name that’s like Jose, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Angel

Messenger of God

Greek

Antonio

Unknown meaning

Italian

Diego

Saint James

Spanish

Joachim

Established by God

Hebrew

Joel

Yahweh is God

Hebrew

Juan

God is gracious

Spanish

Leo

Lion

Latin

Mateo

Gift of God

Spanish

Santiago

Saint James

Spanish

Xavier

New house

Spanish


Lists With Jose

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Jose.


Siblings of Jose

Mamas with kids named Jose also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Erick

Everlasting ruler

Scandinavian

Lucia

Of the light

Italian

Daniel

God is My Judge

Hebrew

Carlos

Free man

Spanish

Pablo

A Spanish equivalent of Paul.

Spanish

Andres

Manly

Spanish

Esmeralda

Emerald

Spanish

Carmen

Song

Spanish

4 Comments

  1. My husband wants a boy, we have 2 girls and my 1st daughter is named after his mom (Carmen). My second daughter is named after my mom (Esmeralda) and now he would really like a boy to name him after his father (Jose) NOT my favorite but anything to make him happy

  2. My baby was named after his Dad just like his dad was named after his Father. I really like it because it is a short name and also it is the name of the man i love.

  3. That’s the baby’s father name

  4. Jose was the name of the adoptive father of Jesus. Short and nice.


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