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Elegant.
someone-  9/21/2019
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My name is Josephine, and everyone calls me Josie. I like it, but I would never name my daughter Josephine. Two cousins and my great aunt also have Josephine, but in the form of a middle name! My middle names are Mary and Mildred.
Ohsnapitzjosie  8/15/2019
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I think Josephine Lucy would be nice name combo for a girl and I also think any girls with that name Josephine Lucy would be awesome!
― Anonymous User  8/8/2019
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Josephine “Jo” March is an autobiographical character in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Jo is the feistiest out if the four heroines, with a hot temper and a fierce love for her sister Beth. She marries Professor Fritz Bhaer.
Theatrenamelover  5/4/2019
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Pretty name, although I despise the nickname 'Josie'. 'Jo' is much more pleasant. This is a name I would consider calling a future daughter if my brother weren't called Joe.
PaulaGabriella  3/4/2019
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Josephine is a very beautiful name, I love it! The only forced feminine form of Joseph that doesn't get too much judgement like Jacobine. It's also a nice feminine form for Joseph as well as Josepha. Josephina is also nice. Makes a really good middle name especially if it's the first name of the grandmother who gave her granddaughter this as her middle name. So that means the family name is advanced. Josephine is a classy, elegant name!
― Anonymous User  12/10/2018
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I think the name Josephine Sonali is a cute name for your girls and that the name Josephine Sonali is an adorable name for newborn girls!
― Anonymous User  11/25/2018
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I really like the name Josephine Sonali and I think Josephine Sonali is lovely name plus that is what I am planning to name my one of my three daughters!
― Anonymous User  11/3/2018
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Josie is a cute nickname. Please don't use Jo. Jo isn't cute.
― Anonymous User  10/19/2018
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In 2018, 83 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Josephine who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 369th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
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A very pretty and elegant dated name that I love.
Luvbug86  10/4/2018
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Saint Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of Sudan. Her feast day is celebrated on February 8.
ADFord  9/9/2018
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Josephine is so old-fashioned, but I love the nickname Josie, and Jo is my favourite character in Little Women.
kayisforkeen  8/7/2018
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I think it's a classic, even though I grew up reading the Series of Unfortunate Events and listening to the audiobook for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator over and over. Though, I am a huge fan of linguistics as well, so I suppose that may be a connection ^_^"
Joseph is a good name already, and this isn't too bad. The nickname "Josie" is pretty cute, too.
mememan28  4/21/2018
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I have a great-grandma who would be named Josephine in English (her real name is Josefina, I’m Hispanic and she was named after her mom Josefa aka Josepha). I love this name and I would give my daughter this name if I had one to honor her, maybe Angela Josephine or Josephine Angelina to honor my grandmother Mary of the Angels “Angela” (Maria de los Angeles “Angelita”) and Josephine (Josefina).
DanielRivera  4/8/2018
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I love the name Josephine and I am planning to name my three daughters Josephine Sonali, Scarlett Ruma and Brittany Josephina!
― Anonymous User  3/29/2018
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Josephine Barry is Diana's great-aunt in Anne of Green Gables.
Kitandkat  3/24/2018
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This name is so lazy and terrible. Sounded like they just wanted to make a female version of Joseph and just added an "ine" to make it girly. Of course, they failed miserably. So lazy and terrible. Use a more feminine name.
GiJeff  2/5/2018
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It's a nice classic name, but seems to have lost its culture in modern usage (like many other names).
― Anonymous User  1/26/2018
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It's a nice name, but sounds rather like 'blaspheme'.
― Anonymous User  12/15/2017
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I think I prefer Josephine on a girl to Joseph on a boy. Joseph is just so common, Josephine is not. If I used it, it would be shortened to Josie only if my daughter liked.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2017
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Josephine Earp is famous bearer of this name!
― Anonymous User  11/1/2017
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I love this name Josephine! I want to name my daughter Josephine Brittany after Brittany Logano, the wife of Joey Logano.
― Anonymous User  11/1/2017
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Josie is an amazing wonderful name and we should all remember it when we are naming our children. It is a beautiful name for a girl as well as a boy. Remember that it exists when you get pregnant.
― Anonymous User  10/19/2017
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I love this name! It is the best name I have ever heard in my whole entire life! You should give your child this name! Your child should give your grandchild this name! Everyone on earth should have this name! Josephine is the most beautiful in the whole world! Imagine how much better the world would be if everyone was just named Josephine! It would be so much better! There are so many nicknames for Josephine: Jo, Jojo, Jose, Josie. I especially like the nickname Josie! That nickname is just so great! Best name/ nickname ever! I'm in love with both.
― Anonymous User  10/19/2017
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I named my only daughter Josephine a few years ago and call her Josie or Posie quite often. Now that she's school age she changes her nickname every year! So far she's used Fifi, Posie & Josie. I don't know what she'll decide when she's older but whichever she chooses will be alright with me!
RosieMac  9/15/2017
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Josephine Victoria "Joy" Behar is an American comedian, writer, and actress. She co-hosts the ABC daytime talk show The View. She hosted The Joy Behar Show on HLN from 2009 to 2011 and Joy Behar: Say Anything! On Current TV, from 2012 until the channel switched formats in August 2013. Behar's new weekly late-night talk show, Late Night Joy, premiered on TLC in November 2015.
cutenose  6/28/2017
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Josephine Henning is a German footballer who plays as a centre-back for the Germany national team and Olympique Lyon of the French Division 1 Féminine. Since making her debut for the national team in September 2010, she has won over 25 caps and represented her country at UEFA Women's Euro 2013 and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
cutenose  2/19/2017
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This name is very cute name.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  1/21/2017
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Josephine Skriver is a Danish fashion model. She is a Victoria's Secret Angel and since her modeling debut in 2011, she has walked in over 300 fashion shows, modeled for some of the world's biggest fashion brands and been on the cover of and featured in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire.
cutenose  1/20/2017
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This name is simply beautiful. Every positive adjective can be used to describe it. If you are considering this name for your little girl, some combos I have that you more than welcome to take a look at are:

Josephine Lara
Josephine Lyra
Josephine Paige
Savannah Josephine
Tessa Josephine
Sarah Josephine
Violet Josephine.
― Anonymous User  4/24/2016
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This is the most beautiful girls name of all.
Gregory Woodrow  11/2/2015
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I love this name. I'd give my daughter this name and nickname her Josie.
al84  9/24/2015
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Even though its roots are in the name "Joseph", Josephine is a very feminine, beautiful, classy and sophisticated name. A timeless classic with many good nickname alternatives.
Alexanna  4/4/2015
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I've always found this name so stunning & captivating sounding and just so jaw-droppingly beautiful. =)
― Anonymous User  9/1/2014
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Truly sweet lovely name, don't know why it's died down so much.
Hushpuppy  7/30/2014
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I agree with Hushpuppy. This is possibly my favorite girl name and will be the first choice for my daughter.
Ali Hassan  8/23/2014
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I've never really thought much of the name Josephine until my cousin named her daughter this. Jo/Jojo, as we call her, is one of the sweetest and most precocious toddlers you'll ever meet, and she made me love her name.

I think Josephine is a dynamic name- she can be more soft and gentle, while also being lively and spirited; I can picture an adorable little girl like Jojo and also see her growing up to become a lovely accomplished adult.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2014
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Josephine is the full first name of the Third Doctor's companion Jo Grant.
VoraLundar  6/17/2014
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Josephine Baker (b. 1906 - d. 1975, born Freda Josephine McDonald) was American-born French dancer of African American heritage. An American citizen by birth, she became a naturalized French citizen in her thirties.
GoodNightingale  9/23/2013
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I think this name is just beautiful. So feminine and classy. There is a song called 'Josephine' that Chris Rhea wrote for his daughter.
Almonds  7/25/2013
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Josephine is also pronounced JO-zə-feen in English.
Kate  10/31/2012
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This is one of my closest friends names and she goes by Josie. I also love Posy and Sephy. It is a gorgeous name.
littlemissebony  7/23/2012
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Josephine Baker (b. 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri) was an American dancer.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2012
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Old-fashioned girls name that is due for a revival. I really like Josie as a nickname.
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
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If there were not a family-tradition (and personal belief) of using the parents' forenames as their childrens' middle names (father for son; mother for daughter), then I would be absolutely possessed into using "Josephine."

It is a delightfully charming, classic, and strength-filled name, by all means... but I am not quite sure that I would enjoy it as a first, personally.
Francesca  1/26/2012
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I have loved this name ever since I read the book Little Women and fell in love with the character Josephine, however I have an ex-boyfriend named Joseph and that has made me hesitate in actually using it. However, I think that it's a fantastic name, and I will probably end up using it as a middle name for my first daughter.
― Anonymous User  12/29/2011
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The song "Come Josephine In My Flying Machine" was the most popular song of 1911 and was first recorded in 1910. It was sung several times in the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic".
― Anonymous User  8/29/2011
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Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda of Denmark was born on January 8, 2011 and christened April 14, 2011. She is the daughter of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
munkin93  4/14/2011
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Ah, Josephine is one of my absolute FAVORITE names. It is so sophisticated, and comes with the cutesy, girly nickname Josie (which I LOVE) the tomboyish Jo (which I love, thanks to Winona Ryder's Jo March) or the more uncommon Joey.
All of the nicknames are gorgeous, the name itself is gorgeous--if I marry a man named Joseph I might have to use Josephine as our daughter's middle name! Absolutely STUNNING.
DaphneSusan  12/15/2010
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I like this name, but it's rather dated. Still nice though.
Chrila96  10/14/2010
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I used to hate this name but it grew on me a lot over the years now I think its cute.
AmericaSpainGermany  8/26/2010
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A character named Josephine Perry is the subject of five stories published by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the early 1930s. The character was based on his first real life love, debutante Ginevra King.
sunshinechild67  7/17/2010
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I absolutely adore this name! But, its nicknames (Jo, Josie) seem borderline tacky to me, either too cutesy or too masculine.
EchoSketcher  5/11/2010
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There is the English artist Josephine Wall.
― Anonymous User  4/5/2010
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Actor Matt Craven and make-up artist Sally Sutton have a daughter Josephine Crnkovich, born 1995.
MaggieSimpson  9/16/2009
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A famous bearer was American coloratura soprano Josephine Antoine (1907-1971). She appeared with the Metropolitan Opera from 1936 to 1948. After her career with the Met, she performed as a famed concert performer. She also worked in the radio industry.
AndrewJKD  7/11/2009
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I like the nickname Ephiny. Otherwise Jo.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2009
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Josephine is the name of a song by Chris Rea.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2008
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I really don't like the English pronunciation of the 'J', but in French it's much softer, you say it with the 'zh' sound. That sounds 100 times more pretty to me. Also the old nickname for Josephine is Fifi.
Meggiemuffins  11/3/2008
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In The Catcher in the Rye, Phoebe Caulfield's middle name is Josephine.
moonbaby9307  10/25/2008
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In Sweden there have been some royals with the name.
Josephine of Leuchtenberg, 14 March 1807 - 7 June 1876) was the Queen consort of Oscar I of Sweden and Norway. She was known as Queen Josefina. Her paternal grandmother and namesake was Joséphine Tascher de La Pagerie, the first wife of Emperor Napoléon I of France.
― Anonymous User  9/30/2008
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Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland (Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine; born 10 June 1982) is the youngest child and second daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.
Her fourth name, Josephine, is in honour of her ancestress Josephine of Leuchtenberg (later Queen of Sweden and Norway under the name Josefina) the daughter of Eugène de Beauharnais, son of Napoleon Bonaparte's first wife Empress Joséphine by her first husband.
― Anonymous User  9/30/2008
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My middle name, although it's spelled "Josefin". It's spelled that way beacause my parents thought "it was best to keep it simple". Now, I've learnt to like the spelling. In Sweden, the spelling "Josefin" is much more usual than "Josephine", although some people spell it "Josefine".
― Anonymous User  8/3/2008
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Singer Maite Kelly and Florent Michel Raimond have a daughter Josephine Raimond, born 22nd January 2008.
Emilie007  7/4/2008
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The main character in the novel and movie Looking for Alibrandi bears this name. Hers is shortened to Josie.
Keladry  3/21/2008
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In my opinion, this is a great name which is a timeless classic and it can fit anyone! Plus it's got awesome nicknames!
spaz123  8/12/2007
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I think this is an ugly name and I can't believe it's still popular. EEK!
Honeyrose  8/8/2007
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The popular exotic dancer Josephine Baker was a bearer of this name.
― Anonymous User  8/6/2007
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I think this name is very pretty and underused. It is old-fashioned and I like it. I might even name my daughter that. I would call her "Jo" for short, though.
CharlieRob  5/6/2007
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An evil woman is called this in the book I am writing. Needless to say, I am not particually fond of it, as I think it sounds snobby.
― Anonymous User  4/11/2007
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I find the name Josephine classic and charming but still not very pretty. I also find the nickname Josie cute, but rather weak. Jo makes a better, more substantial nickname into adulthood.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2007
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A character in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events is named Josephine. She is afraid of pretty much everything, and her greatest joy in life (before she's eaten by leeches) is grammar.
rain-angel03  9/18/2006
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Listen to the German pronunciation of Josephine here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
_satu_  9/3/2006
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Josephine is the full first name of Josie from Josie and the Pussycats.
Tudor  6/20/2006
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My favorite nickname for Josephine is Posie.
Fionafabulous  5/17/2006
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Josephine Potter (or Joey Potter) is one of the female main characters (played by Katie Holmes) on "Dawson's Creek".
Mary-Rach  8/6/2005
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Josephine is a very sophisticated and undated name. The nicknames are very nice, and can fit any sort of person.
SadieMarch  6/16/2005
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Josephine March "Jo", main character of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" is a notable bearer of this name.
savvy  6/10/2005

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