Josiah Name Meaning

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Fact: Josiah was an 8-year-old king of Judah, who began his reign after the assassination of his father, King Amon.

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A Deep Dive

Josiah Overview

Meaning

God supports, God has healed

Gender

Boy

Origin

Hebrew

Etymology

Derived from the Hebrew name “Yoshiyahu”

Religion

Christianity, Judaism

Pronunciation

/dʒoʊˈsaɪ.ə/

Popularity

Josiah is consistently popular, ranking #53 in the US in 2023 and also commonly used in other English-speaking countries.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

6 letters

Numerology

8 (Practical, Ambitious, Materialistic)

Name Styles

Traditional, Religious and Spiritual, Unique, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, dependable, spiritual

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Josiah was a king of Judah known for his religious reforms and dedication to God, making the name significant in Jewish and Christian traditions.

Name Day

March 1st
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Josiah Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Joziah, Josias, Josia, Jasiah, Josian, Iosiah, Josyah, Jossiah, Joseiah, Josiya

Common Nicknames

Jo, Joe, Jojo, Siah, Jay, JJ, Joey, Joss, Josie, Si, Jed, Joshi, Yoshi, Jaybird, J-Money

Diminutives

Joe, Joey, Jay, Josie, Siah, Sy, Jojo

Famous People

  • Josiah Bartlett
    (American Politician)
  • Josiah Wedgwood
    (English Potter)
  • Josiah Quincy III
    (American Politician)
  • Josiah Henson
    (African-American Abolitionist)
  • Josiah Willard Gibbs
    (American Physicist)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Josiah Bartlett
    ("The West Wing," TV Show)
  • Josiah Trelawney
    ("Red Dead Redemption 2," Video Game)
  • Josiah Bounderby
    ("Hard Times," Novel)
  • Josiah Borden
    ("Mourning Becomes Electra," Play)

Places

  • Josiah Community
    (North Carolina, USA)
  • Josiah City
    (Mississippi, USA)
  • Josiah Park
    (Texas, USA)
  • Josiah Village
    (Queensland, Australia)
  • Josiah Island
    (British Columbia, Canada)

What Is the Meaning of Josiah?

Josiah means “God supports” or “God has healed.” People with this name are often seen as compassionate and caring. They are thought to have strong faith and a nurturing spirit, providing comfort and support to others.

What Is the Origin of The Name Josiah?

The name Josiah has Hebrew origins. It comes from the Hebrew name “Yoshiyahu,” which means “God supports” or “God heals.” Josiah was a king of Judah in the Old Testament, known for his religious reforms and dedication to God.

Josiah Name Popularity

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

United States flagUnited States#492021#512022#532023
Top 3 Rankings#452019#492020#492021

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Josiah

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202353
(-2 from 2022)
5404
(-404 from 2022)
0.29512
202251
(-2 from 2021)
5808
(-318 from 2021)
0.31009
202149
No change from 2020
6126
(-27 from 2020)
0.32696
202049
(-4 from 2019)
6153
(-674 from 2019)
0.33265
201945
(+7 from 2018)
6827
(+150 from 2018)
0.35524
201852
(-1 from 2017)
6677
(-390 from 2017)
0.34351
201751
(+4 from 2016)
7067
(+49 from 2016)
0.35708
201655
(+2 from 2015)
7018
(+347 from 2015)
0.34646
201557
(+7 from 2014)
6671
(+198 from 2014)
0.32630
201464
(+5 from 2013)
6473
(+161 from 2013)
0.31588
201369
(+10 from 2012)
6312
(+778 from 2012)
0.31237
201279
(+1 from 2011)
5534
(+262 from 2011)
0.27272
201180
(-3 from 2010)
5272
(+64 from 2010)
0.25952
201077
(+9 from 2009)
5208
(+190 from 2009)
0.25350
200986
(+9 from 2008)
5018
(+236 from 2008)
0.23660
200895
(+10 from 2007)
4782
(+560 from 2007)
0.21932
2007105
(+12 from 2006)
4222
(+573 from 2006)
0.19060
2006117
(+8 from 2005)
3649
(+390 from 2005)
0.16644
2005125
(+17 from 2004)
3259
(+462 from 2004)
0.15320
2004142
(+10 from 2003)
2797
(+113 from 2003)
0.13235
2003152
(+2 from 2002)
2684
(+114 from 2002)
0.12774
2002154
(+15 from 2001)
2570
(+331 from 2001)
0.12436
2001169
(+11 from 2000)
2239
(+210 from 2000)
0.10825
2000180
(+13 from 1999)
2029
(+287 from 1999)
0.09716
1999193
(+19 from 1998)
1742
(+216 from 1998)
0.08543
1998212
(+10 from 1997)
1526
(+145 from 1997)
0.07526
1997222
(+17 from 1996)
1381
(+139 from 1996)
0.06913
1996239
(+34 from 1995)
1242
(+224 from 1995)
0.06198
1995273
(+24 from 1994)
1018
(+101 from 1994)
0.05061
1994297
(+10 from 1993)
917
(+27 from 1993)
0.04499
1993307
(+18 from 1992)
890
(+107 from 1992)
0.04309
1992325
(+9 from 1991)
783
(+45 from 1991)
0.03730
1991334
(+21 from 1990)
738
(+61 from 1990)
0.03482
1990355
(+23 from 1989)
677
(+86 from 1989)
0.03146
1989378
(-8 from 1988)
591
(+47 from 1988)
0.02820
1988370
(+14 from 1987)
544
(+42 from 1987)
0.02717
1987384
(-8 from 1986)
502
(+13 from 1986)
0.02574
1986376
(-5 from 1985)
489
(-8 from 1985)
0.02545
1985371
(+4 from 1984)
497
(+27 from 1984)
0.02583
1984375
(+30 from 1983)
470
(+65 from 1983)
0.02504
1983405
(+34 from 1982)
405
(+38 from 1982)
0.02173
1982439
(+57 from 1981)
367
(+82 from 1981)
0.01945
1981496
(+41 from 1980)
285
(+29 from 1980)
0.01530
1980537
(+44 from 1979)
256
(+40 from 1979)
0.01380
1979581
(+82 from 1978)
216
(+57 from 1978)
0.01206
1978663
(+15 from 1977)
159
(+4 from 1977)
0.00931
1977678
(+70 from 1976)
155
(+32 from 1976)
0.00907
1976748
(+143 from 1975)
123
(+37 from 1975)
0.00753
1975891
(+134 from 1974)
86
(+22 from 1974)
0.00530
19741025
(+243 from 1973)
64
(+22 from 1973)
0.00393
19731268
(-6 from 1972)
42
(-1 from 1972)
0.00260
19721262
(+406 from 1971)
43
(+15 from 1971)
0.00257
19711668
(-86 from 1970)
28
(-1 from 1970)
0.00154
19701582
(-57 from 1969)
29
(+1 from 1969)
0.00152
19691525
(+311 from 1968)
28
(+9 from 1968)
0.00153
19681836
(+192 from 1967)
19
(+4 from 1967)
0.00107
19672028
(-135 from 1966)
15
(-2 from 1966)
0.00084
19661893
(+377 from 1965)
17
(+4 from 1965)
0.00094
19652270
(+584 from 1964)
13
(+4 from 1964)
0.00069
19642854
(-655 from 1963)
9
(-5 from 1963)
0.00044
19632199
(-301 from 1962)
14
(-4 from 1962)
0.00068
19621898
(-405 from 1961)
18
(-11 from 1961)
0.00086
19611493
(+1043 from 1960)
29
(+18 from 1960)
0.00134
19602536
(-871 from 1959)
11
(-12 from 1959)
0.00051
19591665
(+103 from 1958)
23
(+3 from 1958)
0.00106
19581768
(+508 from 1957)
20
(+7 from 1957)
0.00093
19572276
(-511 from 1956)
13
(-7 from 1956)
0.00059
19561765
(+137 from 1955)
20
(+3 from 1955)
0.00093
19551902
(-343 from 1954)
17
(-7 from 1954)
0.00081
19541559
(+340 from 1953)
24
(+7 from 1953)
0.00116
19531899
(-352 from 1952)
17
(-7 from 1952)
0.00085
19521547
(+291 from 1951)
24
(+7 from 1951)
0.00122
19511838
(-182 from 1950)
17
(-3 from 1950)
0.00089
19501656
(-41 from 1949)
20
(-1 from 1949)
0.00110
19491615
(-55 from 1948)
21
(-1 from 1948)
0.00117
19481560
(+226 from 1947)
22
(+4 from 1947)
0.00123
19471786
(+98 from 1946)
18
(+3 from 1946)
0.00097
19461884
(-32 from 1945)
15
(+1 from 1945)
0.00091
19451852
(-169 from 1944)
14
(-3 from 1944)
0.00102
19441683
(+226 from 1943)
17
(+2 from 1943)
0.00122
19431909
(+236 from 1942)
15
(+3 from 1942)
0.00103
19422145
(+62 from 1941)
12
(+1 from 1941)
0.00085
19412207
(-736 from 1940)
11
(-10 from 1940)
0.00088
19401471
(-46 from 1939)
21
(-1 from 1939)
0.00177
19391425
(+393 from 1938)
22
(+7 from 1938)
0.00194
19381818
(-474 from 1937)
15
(-10 from 1937)
0.00132
19371344
(+295 from 1936)
25
(+8 from 1936)
0.00229
19361639
(-55 from 1935)
17
(-2 from 1935)
0.00160
19351584
(+24 from 1934)
19
No change from 1934
0.00178
19341608
(-203 from 1933)
19
(-4 from 1933)
0.00179
19331405
(+105 from 1932)
23
(+1 from 1932)
0.00225
19321510
(+79 from 1931)
22
(+2 from 1931)
0.00205
19311589
(-93 from 1930)
20
(-4 from 1930)
0.00187
19301496
(+352 from 1929)
24
(+7 from 1929)
0.00212
19291848
(-660 from 1928)
17
(-19 from 1928)
0.00153
19281188
(+280 from 1927)
36
(+10 from 1927)
0.00315
19271468
(+47 from 1926)
26
(+2 from 1926)
0.00224
19261515
(-183 from 1925)
24
(-6 from 1925)
0.00210
19251332
(+200 from 1924)
30
(+5 from 1924)
0.00261
19241532
(+19 from 1923)
25
(+1 from 1923)
0.00214
19231551
(-269 from 1922)
24
(-8 from 1922)
0.00212
19221282
(-56 from 1921)
32
(-3 from 1921)
0.00284
19211226
(+122 from 1920)
35
(+6 from 1920)
0.00308
19201348
(-359 from 1919)
29
(-18 from 1919)
0.00263
1919989
(+183 from 1918)
47
(+12 from 1918)
0.00463
19181172
(-110 from 1917)
35
(-4 from 1917)
0.00334
19171062
(-98 from 1916)
39
(-5 from 1916)
0.00407
1916964
(+90 from 1915)
44
(+7 from 1915)
0.00477
19151054
(-87 from 1914)
37
(+4 from 1914)
0.00420
1914967
(+206 from 1913)
33
(+14 from 1913)
0.00483
19131173
(-460 from 1912)
19
(-17 from 1912)
0.00354
1912713
(+477 from 1911)
36
(+27 from 1911)
0.00797
19111190
(-72 from 1910)
9
No change from 1910
0.00373
19101118
(+37 from 1909)
9
(+2 from 1909)
0.00432
19091155
(-134 from 1908)
7
(-1 from 1908)
0.00396
19081021
(-155 from 1907)
8
(-2 from 1907)
0.00481
1907866
(-14 from 1906)
10
(+1 from 1906)
0.00631
1906852
(+381 from 1905)
9
(+4 from 1905)
0.00625
19051233
(-359 from 1904)
5
(-3 from 1904)
0.00349
1904874
(-255 from 1903)
8
(-5 from 1903)
0.00578
1903619
(+518 from 1902)
13
(+8 from 1902)
0.01005
19021137
(-79 from 1901)
5
No change from 1901
0.00377
19011058
(-8 from 1900)
5
(-2 from 1900)
0.00433
19001050
(-264 from 1899)
7
(-1 from 1899)
0.00432
1899786
(-42 from 1898)
8
(-1 from 1898)
0.00694
1898744
(+198 from 1897)
9
(+3 from 1897)
0.00681
1897942
(-301 from 1896)
6
(-6 from 1896)
0.00492
1896641
(+231 from 1895)
12
(+5 from 1895)
0.00930
1895872
(-305 from 1894)
7
(-6 from 1894)
0.00553
1894567
(-132 from 1893)
13
(-5 from 1893)
0.01041
1893435
(+90 from 1892)
18
(+3 from 1892)
0.01487
1892525
(+110 from 1891)
15
(+6 from 1891)
0.01141
1891635
(-32 from 1890)
9
(-2 from 1890)
0.00824
1890603
(-105 from 1889)
11
(-3 from 1889)
0.00919
1889498
(-14 from 1888)
14
(-2 from 1888)
0.01176
1888484
(-46 from 1887)
16
(+1 from 1887)
0.01232
1887438
(-55 from 1886)
15
(-6 from 1886)
0.01372
1886383
(+56 from 1885)
21
(+4 from 1885)
0.01764
1885439
(-64 from 1884)
17
(-5 from 1884)
0.01466
1884375
(+104 from 1883)
22
(+8 from 1883)
0.01792
1883479
(-114 from 1882)
14
(-10 from 1882)
0.01245
1882365
(-33 from 1881)
24
No change from 1881
0.01967
1881332
(+2 from 1880)
24
(-2 from 1880)
0.02217
1880334
First SSA data recorded
26
First SSA data recorded
0.02196

American States Popularity Rankings for Josiah

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

California (CA)

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Texas (TX)

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Florida (FL)

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New York (NY)

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North Carolina (NC)

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Georgia (GA)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

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Ohio (OH)

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Illinois (IL)

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Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#442021#572022#642023

Michigan (MI)

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Washington (WA)

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Indiana (IN)

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Arizona (AZ)

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Colorado (CO)

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New Jersey (NJ)

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Tennessee (TN)

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Missouri (MO)

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Maryland (MD)

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Wisconsin (WI)

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New Mexico (NM)

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South Carolina (SC)

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Minnesota (MN)

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Oregon (OR)

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Massachusetts (MA)

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Oklahoma (OK)

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Louisiana (LA)

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Alabama (AL)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Connecticut (CT)

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Kansas (KS)

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Mississippi (MS)

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Arkansas (AR)

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Iowa (IA)

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Nevada (NV)

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Hawaii (HI)

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Nebraska (NE)

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West Virginia (WV)

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Idaho (ID)

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Alaska (AK)

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Utah (UT)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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Delaware (DE)

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Montana (MT)

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South Dakota (SD)

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Maine (ME)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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North Dakota (ND)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Vermont (VT)

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Popularity Rankings for Josiah in other Countries and American Territories

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

Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in New Zealand

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Popularity in Canada

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#6312021#7792022#5162023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#6812020#7082021#6712022

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#7292013#7362014#7322015

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#9142010#8692021#8272022

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

Is Josiah a Name for Boys or Girls?

Josiah is traditionally a name for boys. It has biblical roots and is commonly used for male children, though it is occasionally used for girls as well.

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

  • Joziah
  • Josias
  • Josia
  • Jasiah
  • Josian
  • Iosiah
  • Josyah
  • Jossiah
  • Joseiah
  • Josiya
  • Jo
  • Joe
  • Jojo
  • Siah
  • Jay
  • JJ
  • Joey
  • Joss
  • Josie
  • Si
  • Jed
  • Joshi
  • Yoshi
  • Jaybird
  • J-Money
  • Joe
  • Joey
  • Jay
  • Josie
  • Siah
  • Sy
  • Jojo

Josiah in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Josiah Bartlett (Politician, 1729–1795): An American physician and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • Josiah Wedgwood (Potter, 1730–1795): An English potter credited with the industrialization of pottery.
  • Josiah Quincy III (Politician, 1772-1864): An American lawyer and politician who served as the mayor of Boston and president of Harvard University.
  • Josiah Henson (Abolitionist, 1789–1883): An African-American abolitionist, author, and minister.
  • Josiah Willard Gibbs (Physicist, 1839–1903): An American scientist who made significant theoretical contributions to physics, chemistry, and mathematics.
  • Josiah Royce (Philosopher, 1855–1916): An American philosopher known for his work in logic, metaphysics, and ethics.
  • Josiah Ng (Cyclist, born 1980): A Malaysian track cyclist who has competed in multiple Olympic Games.
  • Josiah Henry (Actor, born 1981): An American actor known for his roles in various television series.
  • Josiah Johnson (Basketball Player, born 1992): An American professional basketball player.
  • Josiah Duggar (Reality TV Star, born 1996): Known for his appearances on the reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting."
  • Josiah Bartlett ("The West Wing," 1999 TV Show): A fictional U.S. President portrayed by Martin Sheen, known for his integrity and leadership.
  • Josiah Trelawney ("Red Dead Redemption 2," 2018 Video Game): A charismatic and cunning con artist in the popular action-adventure game.
  • Josiah Bounderby ("Hard Times," 1854 Novel): A wealthy and hypocritical character in Charles Dickens' social novel.
  • Josiah Borden ("Mourning Becomes Electra," 1931 Play): A character in Eugene O'Neill's tragedy who is part of a complex family drama.
  • Josiah Community, North Carolina, USA: A small community in North Carolina, known for its peaceful rural setting.
  • Josiah City, Mississippi, USA: Located in Mississippi, this is a quiet town characterized by its community spirit and southern charm.
  • Josiah Park, Texas, USA: A local park in Texas, offering green spaces and recreational facilities for families.
  • Josiah Village, Queensland, Australia: A rural village in Queensland, known for its agricultural activities and serene environment.
  • Josiah Island, British Columbia, Canada: A small island off the coast of British Columbia, popular for its natural beauty and outdoor activities.

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