JOSHUA
GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: JAH-shə-wə (English), JAW-shwə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu'a) meaning "YAHWEH is salvation". Joshua was one of the twelve spies sent into Canaan by Moses, as told in the Old Testament. After Moses died Joshua succeeded him as leader of the Israelites. As an English name, Joshua has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.

The name Jesus comes from a Greek translation of the Aramaic short form יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu'a), which was the real name of Jesus.

Related Names
DIMINUTIVE: Josh (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Yeshua (Ancient Aramaic), Essa, Isa, Issa, Yushua (Arabic), Josu (Basque), Iesous (Biblical Greek), Yehoshua, Yeshua (Biblical Hebrew), Iesus, Iosue (Biblical Latin), Jozua (Dutch), Josué (French), Xesús (Galician), Iokua (Hawaiian), Yehoshua (Hebrew), Józsua (Hungarian), Giosuè (Italian), Josué (Portuguese), Jesús, Josué (Spanish), Jesus (Theology), İsa (Turkish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #21 
England/Wales  ranked #11 
Canada (BC)  ranked #28 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #9 
France  ranked #144 
Ireland  ranked #41 
Netherlands  ranked #85 
New Zealand  ranked #17 
Northern Ireland  ranked #13 
Scotland  ranked #34