Josephine Name Meaning

With her incredible meaning of “God will increase,” and her sound, we’re not surprised that Josephine has been on the rise in recent years. She’s a clever way to honor a Joseph and is on trend with the vintage girl names movement that brought picks like Eleanor, Evelyn, and Sophia back into popularity.

Josephine is a mature name but don’t be fooled into thinking she’s stuffy or uptight. She easily can fit a little girl on the go, carrying with her a dash of sophistication. She shuns the cutesy feel of many modern names but can be softened with a variety of nicknames like Josie, Joey, and Jojo. If those aren’t your cup of tea, she has more like Sephi and Fifi.

Josephine has appeared in many works of fiction like Anne of Green Gables and A Series of Unfortunate Events. She’s been the name of several royals including queens, empresses, princesses, and countesses. She’s also dotted the halls of history with Josephine Butler fighting for women’s suffrage and Josephine Clara Goldmark pushing for labor reform in the United States.

She has a few variant spellings including Josefine and Josefene, and her longer sister Josephina packs an extra syllable of sass for those looking for something a little more.

Infographic of Josephine name meaning, which is A feminine form of Joseph, Josephine means God will increase.
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Josephine Name Popularity

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

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 30 2,793 0.7933%
1911 29 3,005 0.807%
1912 28 3,972 0.7876%
1913 24 4,820 0.8501%
1914 23 5,896 0.846%
1915 22 7,602 0.8367%
1916 21 8,120 0.8406%
1917 21 8,321 0.8317%
1918 24 8,681 0.8089%
1919 26 8,104 0.7739%
1920 28 8,088 0.7274%
1921 28 8,130 0.71%
1922 27 7,863 0.7058%
1923 30 7,559 0.6749%
1924 34 7,271 0.6261%
1925 36 6,805 0.6021%
1926 37 6,404 0.5822%
1927 39 6,105 0.5515%
1928 42 5,668 0.5297%
1929 45 5,293 0.511%
1930 49 4,986 0.4773%
1931 51 4,492 0.4551%
1932 57 4,090 0.414%
1933 62 3,558 0.3819%
1934 60 3,735 0.3864%
1935 75 3,252 0.3346%
1936 77 3,131 0.325%
1937 82 2,937 0.2981%
1938 83 2,971 0.2902%
1939 84 2,834 0.2786%
1940 89 2,731 0.2569%
1941 92 2,711 0.2409%
1942 100 2,728 0.216%
1943 108 2,650 0.203%
1944 115 2,307 0.1861%
1945 120 2,124 0.1742%
1946 127 2,207 0.1496%
1947 133 2,334 0.1398%
1948 134 2,207 0.1383%
1949 143 2,146 0.1334%
1950 146 2,072 0.1287%
1951 159 1,943 0.1146%
1952 169 1,844 0.1056%
1953 173 1,771 0.1001%
1954 186 1,706 0.0933%
1955 199 1,561 0.0849%
1956 212 1,446 0.0766%
1957 222 1,408 0.0732%
1958 238 1,252 0.0662%
1959 258 1,138 0.0599%
1960 263 1,132 0.0597%
1961 258 1,171 0.062%
1962 269 1,067 0.0581%
1963 283 1,011 0.0563%
1964 297 929 0.0528%
1965 307 833 0.0509%
1966 306 789 0.0505%
1967 323 690 0.0455%
1968 331 656 0.0437%
1969 339 659 0.0428%
1970 364 633 0.0398%
1971 383 557 0.0371%
1972 371 538 0.0395%
1973 386 491 0.0379%
1974 386 492 0.0379%
1975 447 392 0.0305%
1976 463 369 0.0286%
1977 453 397 0.0295%
1978 452 401 0.0298%
1979 466 392 0.0278%
1980 441 447 0.0306%
1981 452 433 0.0295%
1982 439 451 0.0302%
1983 447 420 0.0285%
1984 477 385 0.0259%
1985 499 363 0.0239%
1986 488 394 0.0261%
1987 501 380 0.0249%
1988 462 448 0.0287%
1989 469 477 0.0296%
1990 440 528 0.0319%
1991 432 550 0.0337%
1992 433 540 0.0338%
1993 420 556 0.0357%
1994 401 586 0.0382%
1995 375 666 0.0442%
1996 372 691 0.0461%
1997 353 753 0.0509%
1998 349 799 0.0534%
1999 312 957 0.0639%
2000 287 1,100 0.072%
2001 277 1,108 0.0735%
2002 264 1,173 0.0783%
2003 258 1,225 0.0805%
2004 242 1,311 0.086%
2005 229 1,470 0.0961%
2006 220 1,536 0.0981%
2007 222 1,549 0.0982%
2008 210 1,606 0.1039%
2009 200 1,611 0.1078%
2010 183 1,668 0.1157%
2011 180 1,721 0.1208%
2012 160 1,946 0.1366%
2013 159 2,006 0.1409%
2014 146 2,275 0.1561%
2015 128 2,499 0.1718%
2016 114 2,777 0.1926%
2017 107 2,791 0.2%
2018 91 3,023 0.22%
2019 89 3,076 0.2272%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Josephine

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


What names are diminutives of Josephine?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Jo

A diminutive form of Josephine.

American

Josie

God will increase

English


What names are variants of Josephine?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Fifi

A short form of Fifine, which is a French diminutive of Josephine.

French

Fifine

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Fina

Spanish

Finetta

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Finette

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Guiseppina

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Jo

A diminutive form of Josephine.

American

Joette

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Joey

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Joline

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josana

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josanna

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josanne

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josee

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josefa

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josefena

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josefene

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josefina

The Lord adds; Jehovah increases

Italian

Josefine

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josepha

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josephe

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josephene

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josephina

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josephyna

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josephyne

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josetta

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josette

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josey

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josiane

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josianna

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josianne

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Josie

God will increase

English

Josy

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

Jozsa

Jehovah increases

Hebrew


Lists With Josephine

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Josephine.


Siblings of Josephine

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Eleanor

Of unknown meaning

English

Nathaly

Birthday

Latin

Theresa

Late summer

Greek

Evangelia

Good news

Greek

6 Comments

  1. She named after her great great Grandma…we love her name so much

  2. Named after St. Josephine Bakhita, we call her Jo for short!

  3. Her name just came to me and was the only name I thought about. I knew I had great aunts on both sides of my ancestral lineage with the name Josephine and/or Josephina. Plus, we ended up finding out that her father’s great grandmother was named Josephine. It was just perfect!

  4. We chose Josephine because we wanted something old school but not popular. Also, the book Little Women is a huge part of my life (read it every year, watch the movie the first snow day of every year with apple crisp) so when we were rethinking our original name, I suggested Josephine and my husband loved it. As he said good mix of feminine and masculine. We love it and thought we chose wisely!

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  6. Named after my mother. Her name is a version of Joseph which means”God will add”. Her middle name is Nadine which means hope. Her initials are my husband’s and mine.


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