Jose Name Meaning

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Fact: Numerous places around the world are named after Saint Joseph, such as San José, the capital of Costa Rica, and San Jose, California, the heart of Silicon Valley.

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A Deep Dive

Jose Overview

Meaning

God multiplies, he will add

Gender

Boy

Origin

Spanish, Portuguese

Etymology

Derived from the Hebrew name “Yosef,” meaning “God will add” or “increase.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/hoʊˈzeɪ/

Popularity

Jose is a widely popular name in Spanish-speaking countries and among Hispanic communities worldwide. Recently, Jose has consistently ranked within the top 100 names for boys in the USA.

Syllable

1 syllable

Length

4 letters

Numerology

4 (Orderly, Steady, Service-oriented)

Name Styles

Traditional, Religious and Spiritual, Classic, Short, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, reliable, hardworking, compassionate

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Jose is the Spanish form of Joseph, a significant figure in the Bible as the husband of Mary and the earthly father of Jesus Christ.

Name Day

March 19th (Saint Joseph’s Day)
A Deep Dive

Jose Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Joseph, Giuseppe, Josef, Yosef, Josue, Josefino

Common Nicknames

Joe, Joey, Pepe, Cheo, and Chepe

Diminutives

Jos, Seph

Famous People

  • José Martí
    (Cuban Revolutionary)
  • José Altuve
    (Venezuelan Baseball Player)
  • José Carreras
    (Spanish Tenor)
  • José Feliciano
    (Puerto Rican Musician)
  • José Mourinho
    (Portuguese Football Manager)
  • José Saramago
    (Portuguese Author)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • "Jose"
    (Film)
  • "José and Pilar"
    (Documentary)
  • José Carioca
    ("The Three Caballeros," Film)
  • José "Zé" Pequeno
    ("City of God," Film)

Places

  • San Jose City
    (California, USA)
  • San Jose Island
    (Texas, USA)
  • San Jose Park
    (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
  • San Jose River
    (Chile)

What Is the Meaning of Jose?

Jose means “God multiplies” or “he will add.” Those with the name Jose are often viewed as generous and nurturing, bringing growth and positivity to the lives of those around them.

What Is the Origin of The Name Jose?

Jose has Spanish and Portuguese origins. It is derived from the Hebrew name Yosef, which means “God will add.” The name became widely used in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries due to its biblical roots and cultural significance.

Jose Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Jose in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#892021#862022#932023
Top 3 Rankings#282004#302002#302003

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Jose

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202393
(-7 from 2022)
3704
(-318 from 2022)
0.20228
202286
(+3 from 2021)
4022
(+23 from 2021)
0.21474
202189
(+5 from 2020)
3999
(+151 from 2020)
0.21344
202094
(-2 from 2019)
3848
(-281 from 2019)
0.20804
201992
(-3 from 2018)
4129
(-188 from 2018)
0.21485
201889
(-8 from 2017)
4317
(-496 from 2017)
0.22210
201781
(-4 from 2016)
4813
(-305 from 2016)
0.24319
201677
(+3 from 2015)
5118
(-57 from 2015)
0.25266
201580
(-4 from 2014)
5175
(-308 from 2014)
0.25313
201476
No change from 2013
5483
(-143 from 2013)
0.26757
201376
(-4 from 2012)
5626
(-415 from 2012)
0.27842
201272
(-7 from 2011)
6041
(-722 from 2011)
0.29771
201165
(-13 from 2010)
6763
(-937 from 2010)
0.33292
201052
(-9 from 2009)
7700
(-1116 from 2009)
0.37480
200943
(-3 from 2008)
8816
(-1008 from 2008)
0.41567
200840
(-5 from 2007)
9824
(-1427 from 2007)
0.45056
200735
(-4 from 2006)
11251
(-349 from 2006)
0.50793
200631
(-1 from 2005)
11600
(-465 from 2005)
0.52911
200530
(-2 from 2004)
12065
(-122 from 2004)
0.56714
200428
(+2 from 2003)
12187
(-207 from 2003)
0.57667
200330
No change from 2002
12394
(-473 from 2002)
0.58986
200230
(+4 from 2001)
12867
(+725 from 2001)
0.62260
200134
No change from 2000
12142
(-442 from 2000)
0.58702
200034
(+1 from 1999)
12584
(+429 from 1999)
0.60259
199935
(-2 from 1998)
12155
(-219 from 1998)
0.59612
199833
(-1 from 1997)
12374
(+449 from 1997)
0.61026
199732
No change from 1996
11925
(-230 from 1996)
0.59691
199632
(+3 from 1995)
12155
(+375 from 1995)
0.60662
199535
(+1 from 1994)
11780
(+51 from 1994)
0.58567
199436
No change from 1993
11729
(-118 from 1993)
0.57542
199336
(+1 from 1992)
11847
(+27 from 1992)
0.57356
199237
No change from 1991
11820
(+94 from 1991)
0.56308
199137
(+4 from 1990)
11726
(+210 from 1990)
0.55320
199041
(+5 from 1989)
11516
(+1186 from 1989)
0.53512
198946
(+3 from 1988)
10330
(+1324 from 1988)
0.49285
198849
(-1 from 1987)
9006
(+268 from 1987)
0.44979
198748
(+3 from 1986)
8738
(+373 from 1986)
0.44805
198651
(-2 from 1985)
8365
(-36 from 1985)
0.43529
198549
No change from 1984
8401
(+390 from 1984)
0.43655
198449
(-1 from 1983)
8011
(-65 from 1983)
0.42687
198348
(-2 from 1982)
8076
(-546 from 1982)
0.43336
198246
(-1 from 1981)
8622
(-149 from 1981)
0.45687
198145
(+1 from 1980)
8771
(+450 from 1980)
0.47096
198046
(-2 from 1979)
8321
(+477 from 1979)
0.44863
197944
No change from 1978
7844
(+696 from 1978)
0.43789
197844
(+1 from 1977)
7148
(+232 from 1977)
0.41835
197745
(-1 from 1976)
6916
(-142 from 1976)
0.40460
197644
(+4 from 1975)
7058
(+90 from 1975)
0.43232
197548
(-1 from 1974)
6968
(+250 from 1974)
0.42949
197447
(+2 from 1973)
6718
(+622 from 1973)
0.41208
197349
(+1 from 1972)
6096
(+161 from 1972)
0.37778
197250
(+5 from 1971)
5935
(-70 from 1971)
0.35453
197155
(+1 from 1970)
6005
(+314 from 1970)
0.33033
197056
No change from 1969
5691
(+504 from 1969)
0.29877
196956
(+2 from 1968)
5187
(+394 from 1968)
0.28357
196858
(+6 from 1967)
4793
(+379 from 1967)
0.26996
196764
(+15 from 1966)
4414
(+221 from 1966)
0.24806
196679
(+10 from 1965)
4193
(+229 from 1965)
0.23068
196589
(+5 from 1964)
3964
(-11 from 1964)
0.20923
196494
(+4 from 1963)
3975
(-38 from 1963)
0.19610
196398
(+5 from 1962)
4013
(+187 from 1962)
0.19437
1962103
(+4 from 1961)
3826
(+70 from 1961)
0.18204
1961107
No change from 1960
3756
(-157 from 1960)
0.17413
1960107
(+6 from 1959)
3913
(+337 from 1959)
0.18071
1959113
(+5 from 1958)
3576
(+150 from 1958)
0.16506
1958118
(-9 from 1957)
3426
(-45 from 1957)
0.15899
1957109
(-1 from 1956)
3471
(+72 from 1956)
0.15857
1956108
(-4 from 1955)
3399
(+92 from 1955)
0.15837
1955104
(+3 from 1954)
3307
(+77 from 1954)
0.15821
1954107
(+3 from 1953)
3230
(+214 from 1953)
0.15610
1953110
(+4 from 1952)
3016
(+327 from 1952)
0.15063
1952114
(-1 from 1951)
2689
(+5 from 1951)
0.13627
1951113
(-4 from 1950)
2684
(+45 from 1950)
0.14040
1950109
(+11 from 1949)
2639
(+199 from 1949)
0.14510
1949120
(+6 from 1948)
2440
(+178 from 1948)
0.13541
1948126
(+10 from 1947)
2262
(+172 from 1947)
0.12688
1947136
(-3 from 1946)
2090
(+231 from 1946)
0.11251
1946133
(-1 from 1945)
1859
(+251 from 1945)
0.11264
1945132
(+7 from 1944)
1608
(+95 from 1944)
0.11725
1944139
(+12 from 1943)
1513
(+140 from 1943)
0.10891
1943151
(-1 from 1942)
1373
(+63 from 1942)
0.09439
1942150
(-1 from 1941)
1310
(+116 from 1941)
0.09302
1941149
(-1 from 1940)
1194
(+25 from 1940)
0.09515
1940148
No change from 1939
1169
(+71 from 1939)
0.09855
1939148
(-6 from 1938)
1098
(-60 from 1938)
0.09688
1938142
No change from 1937
1158
(+72 from 1937)
0.10189
1937142
(-3 from 1936)
1086
(-33 from 1936)
0.09930
1936139
(-4 from 1935)
1119
(-49 from 1935)
0.10514
1935135
(-2 from 1934)
1168
(-53 from 1934)
0.10920
1934133
(+3 from 1933)
1221
(+50 from 1933)
0.11498
1933136
(-5 from 1932)
1171
(-145 from 1932)
0.11478
1932131
(-5 from 1931)
1316
(-44 from 1931)
0.12248
1931126
(-13 from 1930)
1360
(-240 from 1930)
0.12713
1930113
(-5 from 1929)
1600
(-92 from 1929)
0.14165
1929108
No change from 1928
1692
(-77 from 1928)
0.15276
1928108
(+4 from 1927)
1769
(+132 from 1927)
0.15502
1927112
(+13 from 1926)
1637
(+164 from 1926)
0.14089
1926125
No change from 1925
1473
(+24 from 1925)
0.12860
1925125
(+3 from 1924)
1449
(+56 from 1924)
0.12584
1924128
(-1 from 1923)
1393
(+68 from 1923)
0.11916
1923127
(+4 from 1922)
1325
(+68 from 1922)
0.11702
1922131
(+1 from 1921)
1257
(+47 from 1921)
0.11171
1921132
(-2 from 1920)
1210
(-31 from 1920)
0.10633
1920130
(+11 from 1919)
1241
(+215 from 1919)
0.11274
1919141
(+19 from 1918)
1026
(+155 from 1918)
0.10105
1918160
(-2 from 1917)
871
(+71 from 1917)
0.08306
1917158
(+17 from 1916)
800
(+114 from 1916)
0.08339
1916175
(-1 from 1915)
686
(+27 from 1915)
0.07430
1915174
(-14 from 1914)
659
(+107 from 1914)
0.07481
1914160
(+1 from 1913)
552
(+120 from 1913)
0.08078
1913161
(+2 from 1912)
432
(+76 from 1912)
0.08056
1912163
(-34 from 1911)
356
(+88 from 1911)
0.07886
1911129
(+5 from 1910)
268
(+19 from 1910)
0.11102
1910134
(-7 from 1909)
249
(+36 from 1909)
0.11942
1909127
(+6 from 1908)
213
(+21 from 1908)
0.12043
1908133
(+6 from 1907)
192
(+22 from 1907)
0.11541
1907139
(-3 from 1906)
170
(+16 from 1906)
0.10720
1906136
(-29 from 1905)
154
(-46 from 1905)
0.10690
1905107
(+32 from 1904)
200
(+56 from 1904)
0.13963
1904139
(-7 from 1903)
144
(+3 from 1903)
0.10397
1903132
(+14 from 1902)
141
(+16 from 1902)
0.10903
1902146
(-12 from 1901)
125
(-2 from 1901)
0.09416
1901134
(+3 from 1900)
127
(-34 from 1900)
0.10987
1900137
(+28 from 1899)
161
(+71 from 1899)
0.09931
1899165
(-10 from 1898)
90
(-20 from 1898)
0.07813
1898155
(+25 from 1897)
110
(+25 from 1897)
0.08327
1897180
(-22 from 1896)
85
(-19 from 1896)
0.06971
1896158
(-10 from 1895)
104
No change from 1895
0.08058
1895148
(+15 from 1894)
104
(+10 from 1894)
0.08212
1894163
(+8 from 1893)
94
(+10 from 1893)
0.07527
1893171
(-20 from 1892)
84
(-22 from 1892)
0.06940
1892151
(+15 from 1891)
106
(+29 from 1891)
0.08064
1891166
(-15 from 1890)
77
(-16 from 1890)
0.07047
1890151
(+17 from 1889)
93
(+13 from 1889)
0.07769
1889168
(-14 from 1888)
80
(-19 from 1888)
0.06721
1888154
(-20 from 1887)
99
(+4 from 1887)
0.07621
1887134
(+28 from 1886)
95
(+10 from 1886)
0.08691
1886162
(-39 from 1885)
85
(-26 from 1885)
0.07140
1885123
(+5 from 1884)
111
(-1 from 1884)
0.09574
1884128
(+37 from 1883)
112
(+38 from 1883)
0.09125
1883165
(-21 from 1882)
74
(-21 from 1882)
0.06579
1882144
(+19 from 1881)
95
(+20 from 1881)
0.07785
1881163
(-2 from 1880)
75
(-9 from 1880)
0.06927
1880161
First SSA data recorded
84
First SSA data recorded
0.07095

American States Popularity Rankings for Jose

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#92021#92022#152023

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#472021#492022#452023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#1682021#1802022#1802023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#1572021#1152022#1102023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#212021#222022#262023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#872021#832022#892023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#1152021#1202022#1422023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#392021#502022#462023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#772021#982022#962023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#1232021#752022#1442023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#2102021#2332022#2282023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#1072021#1122022#1352023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#1832021#1542022#1632023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#1262021#1032022#1182023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#2712021#3612022#2752023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#1552021#1502022#2102023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#1092021#772022#862023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#782021#972022#652023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#2642021#2142022#1662023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#1672021#1392022#1672023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#3552021#3242022#3232023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#992021#1122022#1182023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#2572021#2322022#1732023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#1012021#1012022#1222023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#1552021#1402022#1442023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#1402021#902022#1032023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#2252021#1952022#1422023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#1972021#1362022#1162023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#2362021#3462022#2712023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#1762021#1332022#1722023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#1572021#1362022#2302023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#1572021#1452022#1222023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#1772021#1792022#2202023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#2782021#3212022#2552023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#1042021#1202022#1052023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#1502021#1762022#2122023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#1592021#1452022#1682023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#1202021#1332022#1212023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#2312021#2432022#3192023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#1672021#1162022#2002023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#2412010#2102011#3142013

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#4402021#2632022#3222023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#1642014#1412015#1202016

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#1972013#1622022#2682023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#1612007#1452008#2052012

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#2252005#1982014#1942020

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#1611996#1381997#1932011

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#2472000#2952004#3282011

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#1251925#1931971#2342004

Popularity Rankings for Jose in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Brazil

Brazil flagBrazil#11990 (Decade)#22000 (Decade)#62010 (Decade)

Popularity in Uruguay

Uruguay flagUruguay#342021#152022#142023

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#262021#332022#512023

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

Other American Territories flagOther American Territories#722013#562015#292020

Popularity in Spain

Spain flagSpain#352020#362021#362022

Popularity in Galicia, Spain

Galicia, Spain flagGalicia, Spain#362001#412002#462003

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#662005#402006#1892012

Popularity in Mexico

Mexico flagMexico#852020#772021

Popularity in Argentina

Argentina flagArgentina#1352012#1312013#1672015

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#3412006

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#3691983#4551995#4221998

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#5162005#4832006#4792015

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#7292013#6632016#5642018

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#13782020#8812021#6012022

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#6112010#6102017#7552021

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#9682017#8702018#9632021

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#8952011#9032012#9442022

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Jose a Name for Boys or Girls?

Jose is a name for boys. Its strong cultural heritage and common usage as a male name make it a popular choice for boys in many Spanish and Portuguese-speaking communities.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Jose

Jose in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • José Martí (Revolutionary, 1853–1895): A Cuban national hero and an important figure in Latin American literature, known for his role in Cuba's struggle for independence.
  • José Altuve (Baseball Player, born 1990): A Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman for the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball.
  • José Carreras (Tenor, born 1946): A Spanish operatic tenor known for his performances in opera houses around the world and as one of the Three Tenors.
  • José Feliciano (Musician, born 1945): A Puerto Rican singer and guitarist best known for his hit song "Feliz Navidad."
  • José Mourinho (Football Manager, born 1963): A Portuguese football manager and former player, considered one of the greatest managers in the history of football.
  • José Saramago (Author, 1922–2010): A Portuguese writer and Nobel Prize in Literature laureate known for works like "Blindness" and "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ."
  • José Canseco (Baseball Player, born 1964): A Cuban-American former Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter.
  • José Bautista (Baseball Player, born 1980): A Dominican professional baseball right fielder and third baseman known for his time with the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • José Clemente Orozco (Artist, 1883–1949): A Mexican muralist and painter known for his bold murals and political themes.
  • José Reyes (Baseball Player, born 1983): A Dominican former professional baseball infielder who played for the New York Mets and other teams in Major League Baseball.
  • "Jose" (2018 Film): A Guatemalan film about a young man named Jose navigating life and love in a conservative society.
  • Jose Arcadio Buendía ("One Hundred Years of Solitude," 1967 Novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez): The patriarch of the Buendía family in the magical realist saga.
  • "José and Pilar" (2010 Documentary): Chronicles the relationship between Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago and his wife Pilar del Río.
  • Josef Mengele ("The Boys from Brazil," 1976 Novel by Ira Levin): Features a fictionalized account of the notorious Nazi doctor hiding in South America.
  • Jose Chung ("The X-Files," 1993 TV Series): A pulp fiction author who investigates and writes about paranormal activities.
  • José Carioca ("The Three Caballeros," 1944 Film): A Brazilian parrot and friend of Donald Duck who introduces him to the culture and music of Brazil.
  • "José y sus Hermanas" (2009 Musical): A stage musical adaptation of the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers.
  • Jose Rodriguez ("Breaking Bad," 2008 TV Series): A minor character involved in the drug trade within the series.
  • "Jose" (2005 Album by Jose Gonzalez): An album by the Swedish-Argentinian singer-songwriter featuring acoustic and folk-inspired tracks.
  • José "Zé" Pequeno ("City of God," 2002 Film): A notorious and violent gang leader in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.
  • San Jose City (California, USA): The largest city in Silicon Valley, known for its tech industry and cultural diversity.
  • San Jose Island (Texas, USA): A barrier island on the Gulf Coast known for its pristine beaches and wildlife.
  • San Jose Park (San Antonio, Texas, USA): A historic park known for its Spanish colonial architecture and missions.
  • San Jose River (Chile): A river in the Maule Region, known for its scenic beauty and importance to local agriculture.
  • San Jose de Gracia (Aguascalientes, Mexico): A town known for the Cristo Roto statue and its cultural festivals.
  • San Jose Lagoon (Puerto Rico): A lagoon in the San Juan metropolitan area, known for its biodiversity and recreational activities.
  • San Jose Volcano (Chile): An active stratovolcano in the Andes, popular for climbing and hiking.
  • San Jose Forest (Philippines): A protected forest area known for its biodiversity and eco-tourism.

Similar Names to Jose

Sibling Names for Jose