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Joseph (M)>

Joseph (male)

Variants:Giuseppe (M) Iòseph (M) Iosif (M) José (M) Joseba (M) Josef (M) Josep (M) Josephus (M) Józef (M) József (M) Osip (M) Seosamh (M) Usop (M) Xosé (M) Yoesoef (M) Yosef (M) Yôsēp (M) Yusuf (M)
Diminutive(s):Jo (M) Joe (M) Jos (M)
Pet Name(s):Joey (M) Josie (M) Sepp (M)
Feminine form:Joeséphine (F) Joina (F) Josée (F) Josefa (F) Josefina (F) Josepha (F) Josèphe (F) Josephine (F) Józefa (F) Jozefien (F)
Source(s): English Parish Register
FreeCEN 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

English and French, from Hebrew "Jehovah gives children"; OT Genesis 35:24; NT Matthew 27:57, Acts 1:23.

In old documents in Latin, the form Josephus may be used, with appropriate case endings. Joseph occurs very frequently in the 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire; Josephus also occurs, albeit rarely.

Joseph has been used in combination with Mary as middle names for boys in Catholic families, in honour of the parents of Jesus Christ.