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Of Hebrew origin.

From the Greek name Ιωσήφ (Ioseph), which originates from the Hebrew name Yosef.

It means “may Jehovah add”.

Joseph is an important figure in the Book of Genesis, in the Christian Bible and also in the Quran.

According to the New Testament, Joseph is the husband of the Virgin Mary, mother of Christ.

Joseph was a common Jewish name in the Middle Ages.

It became a popular name in Italy and Spain later in the Middle Ages, due to Saint Joseph.

It was the name of several rulers of the Holy Roman Empire.

Other forms of the name are Josef, Iosif, José, Jozef, Giuseppe, Jef, Joop, Joe, Jo, Joey, Sepp, Yusef, Yousef, Peppe, Pino, Peppino, Xosé, Osip, Pepe, Zezé, Pepito.

Feminine forms of the name are Josephine, Joséphine, Josephina, Josefina, Josette, Josiane, Josefine, Joleen, Jojo, Jo, Jolene, Posy, Jody, Joey.

Famous bearers are Joseph Conrad, Joseph Stalin, Joseph Haydn, Joseph Saddler aka Grandmaster Flash, Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden Jr., Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr., Joseph Fiennes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joseph Morgan, Joseph Simmons, Joseph Lewis Thomas, Joseph Sikora, Joseph Cross.