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Quick Facts on Joe

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 556
Simple meaning:
God shall add (another son)

Characteristics of Joe

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Joe

Joe is the English short form of Joseph. Joseph is the anglicized form of the Hebrew name “Yosef” which translates to “(God) shall add (another son).” This is a fitting translation, as Joseph was the eleventh son of Israel’s (nee Jacob) from the book of Genesis. Joseph was Israel’s most favored son that “he made him a robe of many colors” because he was “the son of his old age” (Genesis 37:3). This inspired jealousy from Joseph’s brothers who eventually sold him into slavery to Egypt. Joseph rose to become chief steward to Pharaoh in Egypt and was eventually reconciled with his brothers when they came to buy corn from him during a seven-year famine. In the New Testament, Joseph is the name of the husband of the Virgin Mary who essentially becomes Jesus’ foster father. Lastly, the name is borne in the Bible by a rich Jew who took Jesus down from the cross and buried him. According to medieval legend, this Joseph (Joseph of Arimathea) brought the Holy Grail to Britain. Joe, like Joey, is a pet form of this long-enduring favorite male name, but has been used as an independently given name in its own right for well over 100 years.

Popularity of the Name Joe

The name Joe dates back to the late 19th century America which is when the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends. In fact, in 1880, Joe was the 20th most popular boy’s name in America (Joseph was #7). For almost 100 years (up until 1971) the name averaged around #40 on the charts in terms of favorability. He was no average Joe, but he was a fairly ordinary Joe. It’s more common for American parents to use no-nonsense, get-to-the-point nicknames as given names than other English speaking nations. We believe the traditional name (i.e., in this case, Joseph) is the better choice for a birth name as it provides more flexibility later in life. It doesn’t mean you can’t still call your son Joe or Joey for that matter. Either way, Joe is a strong, one-syllable classic that goes with almost any conceivable surname. There’s no doubt about it: Joe is cool. It’s also the name of several famous sports heroes: Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Namath and Joe Montana. Joe is as all-American as baseball and apple pie. He’s our everyman.
Popularity of the Boy Name Joe
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Joe

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Joe

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Joe

    Joe (Joe) Joe is a novel written by Larry Brown. Nearing fifty, Joe Ransom won't slow down, not in his pickup, not with a gun, and certainly not with women. But all the fast living in Mississippi won't fill the hunger Joe can't name. At fifteen, Gary Jones is already slipping through the cracks. Part of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, he's desperate for a way out. He finds it in Joe. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption…or ruin. An understated, powerful, beautiful evocation of a place, a time, and a people.

    Joe Gargery (Great Expectations) Joe Gargery is Pip’s brother-in-law in Charles Dickens’ 1860/61 classic, Great Expectations, and there is scarcely as fine and kind a character in all of English literature. Joe’s background is even more lowly than Pip’s; as a young boy he had to eschew schooling in order to support his family. He is an uneducated blacksmith, but his heart and his instincts are as true as gold. He provides a bulwark for young Pip throughout many of the boy’s harrowing experiences, and is even more family to him than Pip’s own sister, Joe’s wife. He instills in Pip a sense of his own worth, and the notion that all men are, after all, created equal. Circumstances may be different, but the basics are the same, and one must strive mightily to be one’s own man. Naturally, as Pip’s life goes along its own extraordinary path, he tends to forget Joe and his valuable life lessons temporarily. Naturally, all is resolved in the end, and Joe’s strong and gentle nature is fully appreciated by a most grateful Pip.

    Joe Harper (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) Joe Harper is Tom Sawyer’s “bosom friend” in Mark Twain’s 1876 classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Joe is a typical young boy of the rural South of the 1840s. He and Tom share a united goal: to have adventures, and they are mighty successful at it. Feeling underappreciated and chore-ridden, the boys run away (with Huck Finn) to become pirates on a nearby island. Their illegal fun consists of swimming, rafting, fishing, and exploring. With their grief-stricken families preparing for their funerals, Joe and the boys return home to great rejoicing. Joe Harper’s family background appears to be a little more conventional than Tom’s (and certainly than Huck’s!), and Joe eventually fades into the background of the tale, as Huck takes a more active role. Twain acknowledged that Joe Harper was based upon a schoolroom friend of his, John Briggs, and he is affectionately given the moniker “Terror of the Seas” by a fond Twain.

    Joe Starks (Their Eyes Were Watching God) Joe Starks is a main character in Zora Neale Hurston’s 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Joe is a stylish, charismatic, single-minded and ambitious young black man who wants to make a mark on his world. This he does, initially, by becoming mayor of his town, as well as postmaster, property owner and store keeper. He marries Janie not so much out of love, but rather because he believes she complements his world view of himself and his place in that world. This self-absorbed willfulness of his only serves to work against him, as Janie struggles and rebels under his dominance. In a public berating, Janie accuses him of cruelty and impotence, leading to Joe brutally beating her. With his authority thus undermined, and having acted so basely, Joe loses the will to live. True to himself to the end, however, Joe dies cursing Janie – he is nothing if not consistent. In our opinion, Hurston has saddled poor Joe with the intolerable task of representing the kind of injustice doled out by one race against another. Anyway, Janie has the last word; she wins.

  • Popular Songs on Joe

    Popular Songs on Joe

    Average Joe - a song by Clay Walker

    Back Street Joe - a song by Kim Wilde

    Ballad of Cleo & Joe - a song by Cyndi Lauper

    Come on Joe - a song by George Strait

    Cool Joe - a song by George Clinton

    Diamond Joe - a song by Bob Dylan

    Don't Cry, Joe - a song by Frank Sinatra

    Gypsy, Joe and Me - a song by Dolly Parton

    Hank and Joe and Me - a song by Johnny Cash

    Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe - a song by Bette Midler

    Harold & Joe - a song by The Cure

    Hello Joe - a song by Blondie

    Hey Joe - a song by Jimi Hendrix

    Hey Joe (where you gonna go) - a song by The Byrds

    Hold 'Em Joe - a song by Harry Belafonte

    Holy Joe (Guilty Mix) - a song by U2

    Joe - a song by The Cranberries

    Joe - a song by Dusty Springfield

    Joe - a song by PJ Harvey

    Joe Bean - a song by Johnny Cash

    Joe Harper Saturday Morning - a song by Van Morrison

    Joe Rey - a song by Fountains of Wayne

    Joe the Lion - a song by David Bowie

    Joseph & Joe - a song by John Denver

    Just Call Me Joe - a song by Sinead O'Connor

    Little Guy Called Joe - a song by Stonewall Jackson

    Lookout Joe - a song by Neil Young

    Natural Joe - a song by Primus

    Old Joe - a song by Widespread Panic

    Psycho Joe - a song by Blues Traveler

    Resurrection Joe - a song by The Cure

    Say It's Alright Joe - a song by Genesis

    Skid Row Joe - a song by Porter Wagoner

    Sleepy Joe - a song by Herman's Hermits

    Smokey Joe - a song by Tori Amos

    Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze - a song by Neil Young

    That's Killer Joe - a song by Manhattan Transfer

    Tokyo Joe - a song by Bryan Ferry

    Waitin' on Joe - a song by Steve Azar

    Walkaway Joe - a song by Trisha Yearwood

    Who's Joe - a song by New Order

    Working John, Working Joe - a song by Jethro Tull

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Joe

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Joe

    A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (Matt de la Pena) - On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent America's war with Germany. This elegant and powerful picture book biography centers around the historic fight in which Black and White America were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation's ideals. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Beautiful Joe: An Autobiography of a Dog (Marshall Saunders) - Saunders’ most famous novel, Beautiful Joe, tells the true story of dog that has had a difficult puppyhood with many obstacles including a cruel owner. It is told from the dog's point of view. When the book was published, both the book and its subject received worldwide attention. It was the first Canadian book to sell over a million copies, and by the late 1930s had sold over seven million copies worldwide. Recommended for ages 13+

    Betsy Was a Junior/Betsy and Joe (Maud Hart Lovelace) - Two stories: Betsy Was a Junior: It's the best school year ever, especially now that charming, funny Tib Muller is back in Deep Valley. But when her crowd gets into trouble, Betsy's best year could turn out to be her worst. Betsy and Joe: Betsy always thought she and Joe Willard were made for each other—and now that summer's over and senior year's begun, it seems her dream is coming true! But her friend Tony Markham has come calling as well—and his intentions are definitely romantic. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story (Bill Harley) - The dreaded Dirty Joe and his piratical crew sail in search of the smelliest treasure ever: dirty socks! The rogues cheerfully pillage their way across the seven seas, until the day they run across another band of pirates-one led by the notorious Stinky Annie. Has Dirty Joe finally met his match? From Grammy Award winning storyteller Bill Harley and bestselling illustrator Jack E. Davis comes a zany, tongue-twisting, side-splitting tale certain to be prized by budding buccaneers! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Don't Laugh, Joe! (Keiko Kasza) - Joe, a playful young possum, cannot get rid of the giggles, but when a grouchy bear comes out of the woods, Joe has to shake the giggles and play dead like a good little possum in a dangerous predicament. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Farmer Joe And The Music Show (Tony Mitton) - Clucking hens, hoofing pigs, and mooing cows - join the beat! "Down on the farm of Poor Old Joe, the hens won't lay and the crops won't grow." With the help of his instrument playing friends, Farmer Joe soon has the hens clucking, the pigs hoofing, and the cows mooing to a hillbilly music show. And now, "...down on the farm of Clever Old Joe, the hens all lay and the crops all grow." Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels (Jamie Michalak) - The Kirkus Review says: "Turtle Sparky enjoys the safety of his shell while giraffe Joe is up for any adventure…Utterly charming." Sparky is a turtle who likes to stay inside his shell. Joe is a giraffe who likes to stretch his neck and see the world. When a car appears one day at the famous cageless zoo where they live, the two set off on the ride of their lives, with Joe behind the wheel and Sparky hanging on for dear life. From the shopping mall to the car wash to the take-out burger joint, Joe and Sparky cause mayhem everywhere they go. Young readers will love sharing the road with this unlikely pair in a string of adventures that are by turns innocent, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Joe DiMaggio: Young Sports Hero (Herb Dunn) - Joe DiMaggio was a star centerfielder for fifteen years, helping the Yankees win the pennant in his rookie year. He played in ten World Series and in eleven All-Star Games. The image of American achievement and dignity, DiMaggio isn't just a sports legend; he is a true American hero. Recommended for ages 9-13.

    Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective, Case #000001: The Haunted Toolshed (Dave Keane) - Why are cakes vanishing into thin air? How can a mailbox disappear without a trace? When did something evil move into Mr. Asher's toolshed? Strange and unexplained things are happening on Baker Street after dark, and Joe Sherlock must come face-to-face with the things that go bump in the night. Even though a cold tingle of terror gallops down his spine like a herd of wild gophers, Joe is determined to solve the case -- and have his Bundt cake, too. Also in the series are the following cases: The Neighborhood Stink; The Missing Monkey-Eye Diamond; The Headless Mummy; and The Art Teacher's Vanishing. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Little Joe (Sandra Neil Wallace) - It’s a cold December night and Fancy, the Stegner family’s cow, is about to give birth. Out pops Little Joe, a huge bull calf, and with him comes nine-year-old Eli’s first chance to raise an animal to show at next fall’s county fair. Over the next ten months, Eli, and Little Joe, learn some hard lessons about growing up and what it means to take on bigger responsibilities, especially when it comes to taking care of another living thing. But one thing Eli is trying not to think about is what will happen to Little Joe after the fair: it’s auction time, and he’ll have to sell Little Joe! Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Potato Joe (Keith Baker) - This fresh adaptation of the classic "One Potato, Two Potato" nursery rhyme is a counting adventure and rollicking good time rolled into one. Spunky leader Potato Joe and his nine spuds pals count up to ten and back down again, all while playing games and meeting up with other garden friends. With its playful tone and hilariously expressive potatoes, Potato Joe is a spud-tastically fun read-aloud, and a perfect companion to Keith Baker's previous nursery rhyme interpretations. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Rainbow Joe and Me (Maria Diaz Strom) - Eloise is a young artist who loves to mix colors. Sitting on the front stoop of her house, she tells her neighbor, Rainbow Joe, how she combines red and white to make fish, and red and blue to make monkeys. Rainbow Joe explains that even though he is blind he can imagine colors. Not only that, he can make them sing. Eloise’s mother says the blind man is just dreaming. It isn’t until Rainbow Joe takes out his saxophone and plays colors that Mama and Eloise can see them. Big red notes and little yellow notes begin to fly as music fills the sky. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Shoeless Joe & Me (Dan Gutman) - When Joe Stoshack hears about Shoeless Joe Jackson -- and the gambling scandal that destroyed the star player's career -- he knows what he has to do. If he travels back in time with a 1919 baseball card in his hand, he just might be able to prevent the infamous Black Sox Scandal from ever taking place. And if he could do that, Shoeless Joe Jackson would finally take his rightful place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. But can Stosh prevent that tempting envelope full of money from making its way to Shoeless Joe's hotel room before the big game? Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Sloppy Joe (Dave Keane) - The School Library Journal says: “Joe is a sloppy kid. He seems always to be surrounded by messiness and chaos. His grandparents lay newspaper under his chair when he eats with them. His pet frogs turn up in unexpected places. And adults are continually trying to clean him up, straighten his clothes, and improve his posture. But Joe's family loves him as he is. He tries to become neat with some limited success, and when his parents and siblings come down with the flu, he springs into action, bringing them socks topped off with ice cubes for their foreheads, filling the air with germ spray, and entertaining them with his corny jokes as they lie prostrate on the sofa. The illustrations are hilarious. This charming picture book is a wonderful choice for most libraries.” Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Snow Joe (Carol Greene) - Throw. Blow. Whoa! Joe does many things with snow. Rookie Ready to Learn titles help develop young children's language and early reading skills as they engage in topic-rich conversations. The Seasons and Weather subset focuses on how children experience the seasons through delightful activities such as carving pumpkins and building a snowman, as well as satisfying their natural curiosity about changes in weather and nature. Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Superhero Joe (Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman) - One day while playing in his room, Joe hears a cry for help from his parents downstairs. In an instant he's Superhero Joe and it's up to him to save the day! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Totally Joe (James Howe) - "Everybody says you and Colin were kissing." "What? That's ridiculous!" "For heaven's sake, Joe, if you and Colin want to kiss, you have every right to." "We did not kiss," I told her. Addie shrugged. "Whatever." What was it with my friends? From the creator of The Misfits, the book that inspired National No Name-Calling Week comes the story of Joe Bunch....Recommended for ages 11-15.

  • Famous People Named Joe

    Famous People Named Joe

    Famous People Named Joe - Joe Louis (boxer); Joe Frazier (boxer); Joe DiMaggio (baseball player); Joe Namath (football player); Joe Montana (football player); Joe Strummer (musician); Joe Jonas (musician); Mean Joe Greene.(football player); Joe Walsh (football coach); Joe Pesci (actor); Joe Nuxhall (baseball player); Joe Morgan (baseball player); Joe Orton (playwright); Joe Paterno (football coach); Joe Piscopo (comic); Joe Williams (singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Joe

    Children of Famous People Named Joe

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Joe - Kate Winslet (actress); Sam Mendes (director)

Personality of the Boy Name Joe

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Joe

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