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Josephine is a beautiful name that comes from France. In France, however, there is normally an accent mark over the E to give it a certain emphasis. Now, Josephine has spread throughout the world, with or without the accent mark, even now ranking on the top 100 list.

Meaning of the name Josephine:

French: Jehovah increases, God will increase

Origin of the name Josephine:

Josephine is the feminine version of the Hebrew name Yosef, which in English, translates to Joseph. Josephine, therefore, retains the same meaning of “Jehovah increases.” The most popular use of the name is seen with Empress Josephine du Beauharnais who was married to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Symbolism of the name Josephine:

Josephine became a popular name in France with the Christian church as it is a variation of the name Joseph. The baby name can still trace its origins to Yosef, which in Hebrew literally translates to “Jehovah increases” or “God will increase.”

Baby name Josephine

Style of the name Josephine:

Traditional

Gender of the name Josephine:

Josephine is a feminine name from France.

Pronunciation of the name Josephine:

JO-se-feen

Number of syllables in the name Josephine:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Josephine:

Josephine feels formal and proud. It is very refined and somewhat mature.

Alternative spellings for the name Josephine:

  • Gosefine
  • Josefine
  • Gosephine
  • Josefinne
  • Josephinne

Nicknames for the name Josephine:

Popularity of the name Josephine:

The baby name Josephine was a top 50 name until 1930 and a top 100 name until 1941. It declined in the mid-twentieth century, but in 2018, the name ascended back to the top 100 list. As of 2020, Josephine is number 86 for girls.

Related names for the name Josephine:

Great middle names for Josephine and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Josephine:

Josephines in popular culture:

  • Josephine March (character from “Little Women”)
  • Josephine McCoy (main character from “Josie and the Pussycats”)
  • Josephine Potter (character from “Dawson's Creek”)
  • Josephine LaRue (character from “The Originals”)
  • Josephine Wilson (character from “Grey's Anatomy”)
  • Josephine Barry (character from “Anne of Green Gables”)
  • Josephine Anwhistle (character from “A Series of Unfortunate Events”)