Meaning and Origin of: Josiah

Meaning and Origin of Josiah

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : God will increase; familiar form of Josephine

Girl name variations

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : He shall add
  • Hebrew : God of salvation

What does Josiah mean and stand for?

The name Josiah is of Hebrew origin and means "God of salvation". It derives from the Hebrew name Yoshiyahu, from the components yoshi (support) and Yahu (the Hebrew god).

Syllables: 3

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Popularity

Josiah is the number forty-five most popular boys name in the US, according to 2019 Social Security Administration data. It has been consistently popular, breaking the top 50 this year after staying in the top 60 since 2015.

However, it is the 5th most popular name on FamilyEducation.com.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Josiah was at its peak popularity in May 2020.

After his father Amos was murdered in the Old Testament, Josiah became an upright king of Judas. The biblical name has since been on the rise this past decade. Josiah Wedgwood and Josiah Spode founded the English potteries and Josiah Bartlett was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. It's also the name of a character in TV show The West Wing, Charles Dickens' Hard Times, and Eugene O'Neill's tragedy Mourning Becomes Electra.

Where is it Popular?

Josiah was searched for most often in the following states:

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