Joshua name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Joshua mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Joshua

User Submitted Origins

Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Nigeria says the name Joshua is of African origin and means "Salvation or Jesus saves. Also means Jesus".
  2. According to a user from Ohio, U.S., the name Joshua is of English origin and means "Salvation from God, Jesus".
  3. According to a user from Canada, the name Joshua is of Jewish origin and means "'Savior of Jesus' / 'To save' from biblical times being the leader of the Israelites after Moses died".
  4. A user from Michigan, U.S. says the name Joshua is of Hebrew origin and means "Jesus Saves".
  5. According to 3 people from the United States and Nigeria, the name Joshua is of Portuguese / Nigerian origin and means "God is my salvation".
  6. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name Joshua is of Hebrew origin and means "Jehovah is good. Jehovah is generous. Jehovah saves".
  7. According to 2 people from the United States and the United Kingdom, the name Joshua is of Hebrew origin and means "The Lord saves".
  8. A user from Illinois, U.S. says the name Joshua is of Jewish origin and means "Jehovah is salvation".
  9. According to a user from Trinidad and Tobago, the name Joshua is of Hebrew origin and means "Lord's saves".
  10. A user from Canada says the name Joshua is of Hebrew origin and means "Jehovah salvation".
  11. 3 submissions from New Zealand and the United States agree the name Joshua means "Jesus" and is of English origin.
  12. 3 people from the United States and Australia agree the name Joshua is of African American origin and means "Love".
  13. According to 2 people from Singapore and Canada, the name Joshua means "Leader".
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  1. A book in the Old Testament describing how Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan (the Promised Land) after the death of Moses
  2. (Old Testament) Moses' successor who led the Israelites into the Promised Land; best remembered for his destruction of Jericho

From Biblical Hebrew יְהוֹשֻׁעַ‎ (Yĕhōšúa), perhaps from הוֹשֵׁעַ‎ (Hōšḗa) with addition of יהוה‎ (YHWH, “Yahweh”), thus meaning "Yahweh is salvation". See הוֹשִׁיעַ‎ (hōšī́a, “to save”). By cognate a direct equivalent to Jesus via Latin Iēsus and Ancient Greek Ἰησοῦς (Iēsoûs) from Aramaic יֵשׁוּע‎‎ (Yēšū́ʿ), akin to Hebrew יֵשׁוּעַ‎ (Yēšū́a), a variant of Yĕhōšúa. The Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament consistently render both Hebrew names Yĕhōšúa (whence Joshua) and Yēšū́a (whence Jeshua) into Koine Greek as Iēsoûs (whence Jesus).

  1. The sixth book of the Old Testament of Bible, and a book of the Tanakh.
    Synonym: Josh. (abbreviation)
  2. The son of Nun, Judge of Israel following Moses; author of the Book of Joshua; Quranic figure.
  3. A male given name from Hebrew.

Joshua was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano

Notable Persons Named Joshua

Notable Persons Named Joshua

Josh Gad

Josh Gad is an actor, comedian, and singer. He was most active from 2002 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua Ilan Gad on February 23rd, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida.

Josh Groban

Josh Groban is an easy listening, vocal music, operatic pop, and pop rock musician. He plays Vocals f# Lyric baritone, piano, drums, percussion, and Baritone. He was most prominent from 1997 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua Winslow Groban on February 27th, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel is an actor. He was most prominent from 1999 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua David Duhamel on November 14th, 1972 in Minot, North Dakota, U.S.

Josh Dun

Josh Dun is an indie pop, alternative rock, alternative dance, and rap rock musician. He was most active from 2011 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua William Dun on June 18th, 1988.

Josh Hartnett

Josh Hartnett is an actor and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to 1997. Josh was given the name Joshua Daniel Hartnett on July 21st, 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.

Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson is an actor. He was most active from 2002 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua Ryan Hutcherson on October 12th, 1992 in Union, Kentucky, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Joshua

Notable Persons With the Last Name Joshua

MBE Anthony Joshua

MBE was born on October 15th, 1989 in England.


Joshua is a saint. He holds the title Prophet.

T. B. Joshua

T. B. Joshua is a prophet, minister (christianity), evangelism, minister, and televangelist. T. was given the name Temitope Balogun Joshua on June 12th, 1963 in Arigidi, Nigeria. T. is also known as TB Joshua.

Seyi Shay

Seyi Shay is an african popular music musician. She has been prominent since 2001. Seyi was given the name Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua on December 21st, 1985.

Jaycen Joshua

Jaycen Joshua is a mixing engineer and record producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present.

Larry Joshua

Larry was born on February 12th, 1952.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Joshua U.S.
  White 22.98% 64.26%
  African American 57.24% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.96% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.17% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.08% 16.26%

Of Last Name Joshua

People with the last name Joshua are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Joshua

  • What name lists does Joshua rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Joshua? Joshua is the 30th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Joshua was the 48th most popular name. As a last name Joshua was the 9,552nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Joshua have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,221,718 babies born with the first name Joshua in the United States. That's more than enough people named Joshua to occupy the country of Swaziland with an estimated population of 1,220,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Joshua? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 57 new born babies.
  • When was Joshua first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Joshua is Friday, February 16th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Joshua born? The highest recorded use of the first name Joshua was in 1989 with a total of 44,092 babies. That's a lot of babies named Joshua!
  • Random Joshua Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Joshua ranks 17th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Delaware. Imagine that, 57 babies in Delaware have the same name in 1980.
  • Weird things about the name Joshua: The name spelled backwards is Auhsoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Jauosh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Joshua? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,403 people with the last name Joshua.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Joshua? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Joshua as their last name.
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