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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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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Joseph ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Tailor

  • Labourer


In 1881, the most common Joseph occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 6% of Joseph's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Farmer and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Joseph. A less common occupation for the Joseph family was Labourer.

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Joseph Historical Records

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Joseph Life Expectancy

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