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Joseph Name Meaning

English, German, French, and Jewish: from the personal name, Hebrew Yosef ‘may He (God) add (another son)’. In medieval Europe this name was borne frequently but not exclusively by Jews; the usual medieval English vernacular form is represented by Jessup. In the Book of Genesis, Joseph is the favorite son of Jacob, who is sold into slavery by his brothers but rises to become a leading minister in Egypt (Genesis 37–50). In the New Testament Joseph is the husband of the Virgin Mary, which accounts for the popularity of the given name among Christians.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Josephs, Joshua, Joslin, Osen, Jose, Bose, Jost, Koeth, Dobesh

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Joseph Family Origin

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Joseph Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    19%
  • Cultivateur

    10%
  • Journalier

    7%
  • Farmers Son

    6%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Joseph family was Farmers Son. The most common Joseph occupation in Canada was Farmer. 19% of Joseph's were Farmers. Farmer, Cultivateur and Journalier were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Joseph.

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Famous Joseph Family

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Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
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Martin Luther King, Jr.1929 - 1968 (39)
Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
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