Gender Masculine
Scripts יְהוֹשֻׁעַ(Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced Pron. /ˈd͡ʒɑʃ.u.ə/(English)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu'a) meaning "Yahweh is salvation", from the roots יְהוֹ (yeho) referring to the Hebrew God and יָשַׁע (yasha') meaning "to save". As told in the Old Testament, Joshua was a companion of Moses. He went up Mount Sinai with Moses when he received the Ten Commandments from God, and later he was one of the twelve spies sent into Canaan. After Moses died Joshua succeeded him as leader of the Israelites and he led the conquest of Canaan. His original name was Hoshea.

The name Jesus comes from a Greek transcription of the Aramaic short form יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu'a), which was the real name of Jesus. As an English name, Joshua has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesIsa(Albanian) Yeshua(Ancient Aramaic) Eesa, Essa, Isa, Issa, Yasu, Yusha(Arabic) İsa(Azerbaijani) Josu(Basque) Iesous(Biblical Greek) Yehoshua, Yeshua(Biblical Hebrew) Iesus, Iosue(Biblical Latin) Isa(Bosnian) Jesús(Catalan) Jozua(Dutch) Josué(French) Xesús(Galician) Iokua(Hawaiian) Yehoshua(Hebrew) Józsua(Hungarian) Giosuè(Italian) Isa(Persian) Jesus, Josué(Portuguese) Jesús, Josué(Spanish) Jesus(Theology) İsa(Turkish) Heshel(Yiddish)
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Joshua and the Israeli People, by Karolingischer Buchmaler (840)Joshua and the Israeli People, by Karolingischer Buchmaler (840)


Entry updated June 9, 2023