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Perhaps you should add Biblical (Latinized) as well as Dutch as a usage for this name, as this name has been used very often in predominantly Roman Catholic families in The Netherlands for centuries. It is mainly the south of The Netherlands that is Roman Catholic (whereas the north is predominantly protestant), so the name is most found in the south - and mostly on men from the older generations. As is common in the south, this name tends to be an official name only (i.e. on the birth certificate), with the bearer being called a derivative of the name in daily life (like Jo or Jos). This is understandable, as Roman Catholic names are nearly always Latin(ised) - here, at least - and thus quite wordy for daily use.

The name is a top 1000 name here (for all ages). It was used most often between 1944 and 1957 (with 751 births in 1948 being the highest number), after which the name slowly declined in popularity. There were less than 10 boys with the name Josephus born each year in the last 9 years.

The Dutch pronunciation for this name is: YO-sə-fus. [noted -ed]
Lucille  1/12/2013

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