From the Hebrew name הוֹשֵׁעַ (Hoshe'a)
meaning "salvation", from the root יָשַׁע (yasha')
. In the Old Testament
at Numbers 13:16, Moses
gives the spy Hoshea the new name Yehoshu'a
), which has a related origin. This name was also borne by an 8th-century BC king of Israel, who was the last ruler of that state before it was conquered by Assyria.