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St. Joseph, foster father of Christ, is the main reason to love this name. It's a charming name, and full of dignity.
Nice name.
Absolutely horrible, sounds dumb.
Suuuuuuch a sexy name.
Glory without the impression of success.
I’m shocked no one has mentioned Joseph McCarthy, the late United States Senator from Wisconsin.
Also Judeo-Anglo-Norman:
Also Jèrriais: -- "Mathie 'tait fianchie auve Joseph dé Nazareth d'la fanmil'ye du Rouai Dâvi."
Also Norman: -- mention it as a variant
We went with Joseph Daniel James. I insisted he be called Joseph, but as he grows, his coaches call him Joe, which I kind of love now. It was a family name on both sides. He could've gone by JD, JoDanny, Joey, etc. Timeless, strong, commands respect.
For those that don’t like this name just YouTube Joseph Joestar…one of the most badass dudes around… Oh, and I love this name, it has good vibes about it and with the meaning of the name ‘He will add’ shows the positiveness within the name.
I don’t like it, sounds old and hideous.
Probably my least favorite Biblical name. It looks and sounds so ugly.
Joseph Benedict Hills, of Youtube and Hermitcraft fame.
There are way too many Joe’s in the world. It will always sound like a 40-50 year old man even when the child is young.
I think Joseph is a great name with a nice meaning and beautiful biblical associations. Also, I love the sweet potential nicknames, Joe and Joey.
This is just such a wonderful name.
Such a handsome and modest name. It has such a beautiful sound and has so many international alternatives; José, Giuseppe, Josef, Yusuf,
Pep, Bepe etc. Also I love how the name has so many different shortened versions; Joe, Joey, Jos / Joss, Seph, Zeph and I’ve even heard of a Shep.
This is a classic and handsome name. Go for it!
Handsome and nice. I like the nickname Joe.
I share my name with the Joseph Carter that won the 93 world series for the Seattle Mariners.
46th President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, to use his full name.
Joseph Francis Tribiani went by Joey on friends played by Matt Le Blanc.
Despise! Also, it makes me think of the old, rude, disgusting, unattractive Joseph from Wuthering Heights.
I think that Joseph is a name that never really gets dated. Its main appeal derives from the idea that it is not a type cast trendy moniker. Instead, it has a staying power that crosses generations.
Boring and overused.
I will probably use this as a middle name for a son one day considering it is my maiden name. The name Joseph is starting to somewhat grow on me.
My first name is Logan and my middle name is Joseph. After this last year, life was really put into perspective for me, especially with my father’s health; his and my grandfather’s name is Joseph. I never gave much thought to it until my wife and I moved from the Northwest to the Midwest. Logan is a good name, (and I am not opposed to it being used as a girl’s name), but it was the fact that I would rather have a traditional name if it was becoming increasingly common, which is the case. In the Midwest there are many Logans, Masons, Paisleys, Aidens, and more, all with “creative” spelling, unfortunately, and the letter y is a favorite among Dakotans both North and South. For the aforementioned reasons and this one, I deliberately began to stylize my name as L. Joseph Cooper, using Joseph day to day. I asked my father and he was delighted. Now, people make an effort to ask whether I prefer Joseph or Joe and I chose Joseph. Being from Seattle, I can understand why people may assume I am pretentious, but Joe is my father... and the President. Besides, my wife is Katherine (spelled correctly), never Kathy, and both her first name and my “new” name are timeless. Maybe when we grow old we can be Joe and Kathy, but good God, not today. The older I get in this chaotic world, the more I am enjoying a more “anonymous” name like Joseph Cooper. Plus, I take too much enjoyment out of explaining to people that I am not a ten-year-old when they ask why I do not go by Logan.
Very handsome.
This is ra eally great name! Classic look, strong sound, still as popular as many decades ago and keep going strong. One of the best male names. Joseph has a lot of quality!
This is my real name and I like it, though I have hoarded a lot of unrelated nicknames.
Like this name. I can imagine it on all ages. This is Joe Biden's real name.
Classic name common in all strands of Christianity (Catholic, Anglican, Others etc) - it's also internationally recognised and the name Joe is reliable - 6.5/10.
My grandfather's name. Quite suitable for old grandfathers.
No. Joseph is unusable, thanks to Joseph Stalin. Just use José or Joey.
Soon to be a presidential name. I'm of the opinion that it is a nice name for an adult, but it feels weird on a child. Children do, of course, grow up over time.
It's okay. Joey is a nice nickname.
This name is hot, not gonna lie.
Someone asked if anyone pronounced it JO-ziv. We West Coasters do. Our family at least slurs the final "-iph"(or "-if") so it sounds like a "-iv", especially if we are talking fast. And we slur the s into a z as well. :)
My friend from 7th grade was named Joseph. He went by Joey at first, then switched to Joe. Everyone just called him Joe because no one could pronounce his last name.
Not bad, it's strong and classic, popular for hundreds of years.
This is my little brother's name. Strangely enough, my name (Jessie) has the same exact rating as his. (75%)
Joseph is a universal amazing, classic, handsome name. Fit for a king. You find Joseph all over the world in many cultures and throughout history. The nickname Joe is friendly, approachable, an American classic.
Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. Was the vice president for Barack Obama, and he is the Democratic nominee for president in the 2020 election.
I used to love this name, but now I don't care for it. I don't like the "Joey" nickname. It's a very nice name though.
It is an okay name but it isn't one of my favourites. It is also quite popular so I wouldn't use it. The only thing going for it is that it is classic and reliable and won't lead to bullying, I would possibly use it as a middle name though.
Joseph Joestar, or JoJo, a fictional character and protagonist from Part 2 of the manga Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, bears this name. Funny guy.
Lovely name. Joseph Stalin is the last person I think of when I hear his name—St. Joseph usually comes to mind first, one of the most honored saints in the Catholic Church. Then, I usually think of my Dad, even though this is his middle name. I think of a lot more kind and amazing people before I think of the monster that was Joseph Stalin.
It’s not a bad name.
A very handsome and classic name for a boy! I don't associate it with Stalin.
It's odd that the ratings for this name are split down the middle almost perfectly.
The lead singer of Twenty One Pilots´ surname is Joseph.
May all of Stalin's victims rest in peace, but you shouldn't associate this name only with Stalin, because it doesn't matter if you have the same name with a dictator or not - it doesn't mean you will be a bad person if you share your name with a dictator. There are many very nice and good people named Joseph and the same is with Adolfs, Vladimirs, Franciscos, Leopolds, Roberts, Fidels etc.
Joseph is a dictator's name but many others like Vladimir, Adolf, Robert, Raul, Fidel, Franciso, Humberto, Hugo and others are too. None of these names are ruined just because of one person and all these names are completely normal. Ruined names aren't real guys.
Very common but not that bad and I don't think Stalin ruins this name. He was evil but every name has some evil associations so I think it doesn't ruin this name.
Very nice name.
It doesn't matter if Stalin aided WW2 or not, it doesn't change the fact he is responsible for countless deaths and unimaginable violence and war crimes. He is a mass murderer and nothing can change that. Anyways, I think this name is a bit plain. I'm not really a fan of names that doesn't contain the letter "R". It's usually said that male names can only be strong if they contain the letter "R" and I think it's true. Also, it's so common, but it's not a bad thing if the name is common. This name is not bad, but it's also not great.
Stalin's name was pronounced Josef but the Americans pronounced it Joseph, plus he also aided World War 2.
Plus his full name was Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili.
Plus don't be afraid to name your son Joseph. He was a pharaoh and the adoptive father of Jesus.
I'm Ukrainian and it's impossible for me to like this name. This was the name of a man who killed 7 million of my people!
Horrible. This name is ugly, and it was the name of Joseph Stalin, the monster that starved an entire nation in the most cynical and cruel way possible, and overall killed around 30 million innocent people. This name makes me shudder.
This name is not bad, but who would want to share his name with Stalin?
Despite the association with that demon Stalin, I still love this name. Yes, it was borne by one of the most evil, sadistic and brutal dictators to ever live, but it's a nice name anyway. I don't think that the name is ruined just because it was given to a monster.
Joseph Stalin, the brutal dictator of Soviet Union, unfortunately was a bearer of this name. He is responsible for the deaths and torture of 20-30 million people. He was BEYOND EVIL. He is responsible for many horrible things, including mass murder, totalitarian rule, tyranny, slavery, repressions, oppression, human rights violations, genocide, deportations, ethnic cleansing, unlawful executions and mass starvations.
I don't like the name.
This name is amazing!
Joe is an okay name I guess.
Greatest name out there! Describes a funny and cool guy! Jack is way too boring.
Ok, I guess.
In 2018, 28 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Joseph who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 9th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
This was my stepfather's name, but I have never liked it. It's an old man's name. There is nothing pleasant about it. I don't like Biblical names in general. I especially hate the nickname Joe because it makes me think of Joe Blow or average Joe, who is nothing special by definition.
My name is Joseph and I like it. It is a name I am proud of. Because it is Jesus' father's name and a pharaoh's name.
A beautiful name.
Joseph Fourier, born Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier, was a famous bearer. He was a mathematician.
I love the name Joseph and I am planning to have three sons named Dallas Joseph, Hudson Joseph and Joseph Hudson!
Joe from the hidden-camera TV show Impractical Jokers got his nickname from his full first name, Joseph.
My older brother is named Joseph, one of the few popular names that I actually like, and he despises being called "Joe" or "Joey".
Joey is nickname for NASCAR driver Joseph "Joey" Logano and you remember seeing him at NASCAR races in USA!
I love this name and I want to name my son Joseph after Joseph Joey Logano!
This is one of my all time favourite names. I find this name to be incredibly handsome, strong and masculine and also sophisticated without sounding too stuffy, and it's also one of those names that can fit any age and any person.
Joseph Matthew "Joe" Alwyn is a British actor, known for playing the titular role in the war film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Alwyn was born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, to Elizabeth, an author, columnist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and Richard Alwyn, a documentary filmmaker. Raised in the Crouch End/Tufnell Park area of London, he was educated at the City of London School. Although an "introverted" child, he secretly wanted to be actor. He became a member of the National Youth Theatre in his late teens. While studying English literature and drama at the University of Bristol, he acted in two student productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After graduating in 2012, he completed a BA in acting at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
Joseph Roger Mario Lemieux, OC, CQ is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current owner for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played parts of 17 seasons with the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins between 1984 and 2006. Dubbed "The Magnificent One" or "Le Magnifique", he is widely acknowledged to be one of the best players of all time. On January 27, 2017, in a ceremony during the All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Lemieux became part of the second group of players to be named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history. A gifted playmaker and fast skater despite his large size, Lemieux often beat defencemen with fakes and dekes.
I don't think this name is bad for kids at all. I'm in middle school and my friend is named Joseph. It doesn't sound overly mature at all in my opinion. I think it's beautiful and I find the nickname Joe a bit tacky, to be honest. It just feels a bit too common or clichéd. (Is that the right word? I'm not sure.) But it's still a very nice name and I think it shouldn't matter what age the person is! :)
Joseph "Joe" Rubbo is an American film actor and television producer best known for his performance as David in the 1982 coming-of-age comedy-drama The Last American Virgin. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA. One of Rubbo's earliest film roles was as a wrestler in the critically acclaimed 1982 Robin Williams comedy-drama The World According to Garp. However, he is most known for co-starring as David in Boaz Davidson's The Last American Virgin (1982) and Arney in the 1985 teen film/sex comedy Hot Chili. He later had a minor role in the 1996 movie Striptease. Rubbo made numerous television appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman throughout the 1980s, most memorably playing Letterman's stepson "Ray Letterman" in a sketch. Since 2010, he has been the executive producer of VIP Television, an entertainment news/lifestyle program focused on South Florida.
Has anyone heard this name pronounced like 'JO-ziv' in English? I think sometimes it comes out that way but I'm not sure what kind of accent that is.
Joseph Kavinsky is a character from Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle series. He's the main antagonist of the second book, The Dream Thieves. *Spoilers* Despite doing many deplorable things such as kidnapping Ronan's younger brother Matthew, drugging Ronan and murdering his friend Prokopenko and creating a copy of him, he's quite a fan favourite. He dies at the end of The Dream Thieves.
I've always thought this name was too boring. It's way too overused and sounds too biblical to use. And the nickname Joe is awful.
It's one of the most used biblical names in every languages and in every period of time. Joe or Joey are the evergreen nicknames in English for Joseph.
Too common for my liking. This name isn't bad, it just lacks flavour, if you know what I mean.
To me it feels more like an old man's name than a young man's or child's. Nothing wrong with this, but I'm just so used to hearing young guys called Joe or Joey that I can't imagine them going by Joseph. Other than that, it's not a bad name at all -- just too common for my liking.
I like this name actually. I picture a tan guy with greasy black hair.
Yusuf is the Arabic version of this name.
I think this name is plain and overused, but I still like it. Definitely better than those made up and trendier names nowadays.
An ugly, overused name favored by sexist, homophobic Catholics, plus who would want to have the same middle name as that snobby hipster Nate Ruess?
This is one of my top five favorite names of all time! I have used this name for a novel character, who happens to pretty much be my favorite character that I have ever created. He is so much more like me than I ever would have expected...
Anyways, this name is such a neat name because it has been around since the beginning of time, basically, but it still has a modern, more edgy twist to it... you don't find too many given names that are that way. It is one of a small group of names that has maintained popularity throughout history and I think that that is really spectacular and really neat!
I always thought that Joseph, as well as it's nicknames, were the most overrated names that I've ever heard of. There I said it. Not saying I despise it though.
I love the name Joseph but prefer it as a middle name because I'm not really a fan of the nickname Joe. Genesis talks about Joseph and it is amazing. I believe Joseph is an absolutely beautiful picture of Christ.
Joseph King (also known as Genda Koujirou) is a character in Inazuma Eleven.
If I name my boy Joey, would it be too hard for him to go back to "Joseph" as he grows up? I feel that Joseph is a better name for adults.
Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Toye of the 101st Airborne had this name.
An easily lovable name from first sight for me. "Joe" is a fine usable nickname. All the more reason to love "Joseph". =)
Couldn't "Seph" be a nickname for Joseph?
Silent film comedian Buster Keaton (1895–1966) was born Joseph Frank Keaton.
My little cousin's name is Joseph, he goes by Joey. I always love seeing little kids with classic names.
Joseph is also pronoucned JO-zəf (or JOZ-if) in English.
Joseph (1754-1763) was the son of Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony and his wife Maria Antonia.
Joseph (1741-1790) was the son of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and his wife Maria Theresia. He later became Emperor Joseph II and the older brother Marie Antoinette.
Joseph (1671-1723) was the son of Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria and his wife Enrichetta of Savoy.
Joseph (1692-1669) was the daughter of Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria and his first wife Maria Antonia.
Joseph (1728-1733) was the son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII and his wife Maria Amalia.
Joseph (1721-1728) was the son of Augustus III of Poland and his wife Maria Josepha.
Joseph (1678-1711) was the son of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I and his third wife Eleonore. He later became Emperor Joseph I.
Joseph (1799-1807) was the son of Holy Roman Emperor Francis II and his wife Maria Teresa.
Joseph (1776-1847) was one of the sons of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II and his wife Maria Luisa of Spain.
Pierre Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister of Canada, had the full name Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliot Trudeau.
Very masculine name that ages well.
Joseph Mount, lead singer and guitar player of the British band "Metronomy".
Joseph Dempsie, an actor best known for his role as Chris Miles in the British television series, Skins.
Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was a German sculptor, draughtsman, teacher and Performance artist, regarded and the most influential figures in avant-garde art in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s.
This is a good name, though I'm getting tired of hearing the nicknames "Joe" and "Joey". Why can't a guy named Joseph just go by Joseph? Please?
My sons name is Joseph and he was born in 2003 when this name was less common. He is named after his grandfather. What I like about the name Joseph is that nobody else my sons age (8 years) has the same name. He is the only Joseph in his class, and most likely the school. I think it is a nice, strong and traditional name.
Joseph van Aken (1699-1749) was a Flemish-born painter.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) was an English writer and statesman.
Joseph is a very sweet name, despite being ENTIRELY too common and biblical. My boyfriend's name is Joseph, he goes by Joey or Joe. I really don't like either nickname, and I wish I could just call him Joseph. Joseph is a really nice name to say, it rolls off of your tongue, but Joey sounds kind of feminine and Joe sounds kind of dull.
In Unbreakable, this was Bruce Willis's adorable son (his son's name was JOSEPH, not JOEY or JOE) and I really thought it was adorable on a young kid.
In conclusion to my ramblings, I love Joseph, but I don't particularly care fir Joe or Joey.
I adore this name, but definitely common.
A very dignified-sounding (and dignified-looking) name in its entirety, and easy to picture on both a child and a senior. I like the nickname Joey, though definitely not the nickname Joe, which to me sounds like the name of a half-wit.
The list goes on and on of the famous bearers of this name, but my favorites would be Joseph Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and actor Joseph-Gordon Levitt. I wouldn't call my son this name because it is so common but it is a very handsome name.
The King of Pop superstar Michael Jackson has the middle name Joseph.
Joesph Jackson is the father of American superstar Michael Jackson.
Sir Joseph William Bazalgette (28 March 1819 – 15 March 1891) was a British (English) civil engineer of the 19th century. As chief engineer of London's Metropolitan Board of Works his major achievement was the creation in response to "The Great Stink" of 1858 of a sewer network for central London which was instrumental in relieving the city from cholera epidemics, while beginning the cleansing of the River Thames.
Joseph is the name of Jesus' dad.
Joseph Anthony Morrelli. Stephanie Plum's on again-off again boyfriend in the Janet Evanovich's books.
Quite possibly my favorite boy's name. There is a dignity and strength with this name that I love, balanced with gentleness. It sounds wise and strong and caring and intelligent. There are enough famous Josephs, starting from Old Testament times to right now, to satisfy anyone. It is classic and even if it climbs to number one in the American popularity charts I would still use it for a son.
My brother's name, after my father, Jose. Joey, Joe, it's all been done and I'm sure he thinks it's just as boring.
This is my brother's name. It can also be pronounced "jo-sehf", equal stress on each syllable.
A famous bearer of this name is Joe Jonas, full name Joseph Adam Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers.
Sir Joseph Banks was a famous botanist and fellow voyager of Captain James Cook. He discovered many new plants in the South Seas around the time of James Cook. He discovered a particular type of Cassava Root which is now used to make some crisps (potato chips). :)
I like this name a lot. I used to think it sounded dull and overused. But now, I have met some really nice guys with this name. I don't think it sounds good shortened to Joe or Joey. Yuck! But the name in it's full version is very nice and very old world.
Italian actor Raymond Romano and Anna Scarpulla have a son Joseph, born 16. February 1998.
I like the name Joseph a lot, however; I don't think I'd name my child Joseph because people would shorten it to Joe, and I wouldn't want my son to be "Just another average Joe".
Joseph "Little Joe" Cartwright, Bonanza!
Number 10 for boys in 2005.
Joseph Ratzinger is the birth name of the Bishop of Rome.
Isn't Joseph Ratzinger the birth name of Pope Benedict the Sixteenth, not the Bishop of Rome? Is the Pope the Bishop of Rome? That comment confused me.
Yes, xKatiex, the Pope is the Bishop of Rome.
The actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The're nothing wrong with the name per se, but I always associate it with jerks. There's the evil man Joseph Jackson, the father of Michael Jackson, and the creepy Joseph Simpson, the father of Jessica Simpson. This is also the English equivalent of Josef, which was Stalin's first name.
A famous bearer was English sideshow attraction Joseph Merrick (August 5, 1862 – April 11, 1890), better known as "The Elephant Man". He suffered from a severe malformality and became a sideshow attraction in Victorian-era Britain. He's the subject of the popular play "The Elephant Man", first produced on Broadway in 1979, and its 1980 Academy Award-nominated film adaption. He was initially portrayed on Broadway by Philip Anglim, and in the film by John Hurt.
I like this name, but it's way too common where I live, I prefer Giuseppe more.
Real name of actor Corin Nemec ("Nyeh:mets") is Joseph.
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Estonian
Estonian form of JOSEPH
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One famous bearer is Croatian hockey player Joe Sakić, born 7th July 1969, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The name Joseph means "God will increase", JAH meaning God or the Lord (See "EL") or BELOVED (God is Love). Different name etymologies for SEPH portion, include "multiplies, adds, or increases". I suggest that increases also means in crosses. To add or multiply is the same symbol, x or + turned. I also point out how much SEPH sounds like SAVE. I suggest to you all that DAVIDs, AMYs, and Joe/JOSEPHs tend to be prolific babymakers.
Pet forms: Joska, Josa, Pepa, Joe, Zefan.
Jared Joseph Leto is a famous bearer. =]
Saying that this name isn't for little kids is just wrong! It can be for little kids and grown ups. I like this name, but it's too popular!
This name is really nice. It has a great background too. Plus when the kid is little you can call them Jojo or Joey (that's what I call my brother) and when he gets older Joseph or Joe.
I'm not exactly crazy about this name. It's way too common in my area. I know.
Joe B.
Joey C.
Joe W.
And many more.
Listen to the German pronunciation of Joseph here:
German Nazi minister Joseph Goebbels.
Diamond Joseph Quimby is mayor´s name from TV show "The Simpsons".
I knew a Joseph at school, but we called him Jojo or Mojo or just Joe.
I like this name when it's used for guys who aren't little kids: Joseph just isn't a little kid's name, Joe fits better. However, Joseph is a great guy's name, and it has very nice biblical references. (I'm not saying that all biblical names=GOOD, but the biblical Joseph's WERE good.) :)P.S. Also, Giuseppe is like the coolest name in the world, aside from Matteo/the other variant of Matthew that sounds like (muh TAY oosh)!
First off, I love the name Joseph - I plan to name my son Joseph. No disrespect is intended, but what exactly is God going to add?
Joseph Biden, Jr. is a U.S. senator from Delaware.
Connotation for the name Joseph means "God will increase".
Famous bearer is Joseph Haydn, an Austrian composer. He's well know as Father of the Symphony.
Remember Joeseph Stalin anyone, I loved his 'stache.
Another famous bearer of this name was Joseph Smith Jr., American Prophet and founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Actor Joseph Fiennes, brother of actor Ralph Fiennes, is a famous bearer.
Joseph was the older son of Jacob and Rachel in the bible and his younger brother was called Benjamin.
Johnny Rzeznik (from the Goo Goo Dolls) has Joseph as one of his two middle names. It was also his father's name.
Billie-Joe Armstrong from the band Green Day has a son called Joseph!
Joseph Donnelly (played by Tom Cruise) is the male main character on "Far and Away", a movie with Nicole Kidman (1992).

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