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Quick Facts on Josiah

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 69
Simple meaning:
Healed by God; supported by God

Characteristics of Josiah

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Josiah

Josiah is a Hebrew name borne from the Bible, specifically in 2 Kings 22-23. In the 7th century B.C., at the ripe old age of eight, Josiah became the 16th King of Judah reigning for 31 years between 640 B.C. and 608 B.C. He assumed the throne after his father Amon was assassinated following an unpopular reign. Despite his youth, Josiah went on to become one of Judah’s greatest kings; in other words, “he did right in the eyes of the Lord”. He initiated reforms following the discovery of a scroll, the Law of Moses, and returned to the worship of Yahweh, one true God alone. It is reported in the Bible that there was never a king like Josiah “who turned to the Lord with all of his heart and with all of his soul and with all of his might, according to the Law of Moses.” [2 Kings 23:25]. Unfortunately, Josiah would later die in battle with the Egyptians; although we’re pretty certain he secured his place in heaven. The name comes from the Hebrew Yoshiyahu (יֹאשִׁיָהוּ) meaning “healed by Yahweh” or “supported by Yahweh”. Josiah has always been considered a Jewish name, but the Puritans adopted it for themselves in the 18th century. It’s an important name to Christians, as Josiah is specifically named as one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:10-11). Today the United States is experiencing revival interest in Hebrew Old Testament names, and Josiah is going along for the ride.

Popularity of the Name Josiah

Josiah has been in American circulation since the founding of the colonies thanks to the Puritans. We can, however, track the name’s usage back to 1880 (when the government began keeping records of given names). Starting in the early 20th century, Josiah entered a period of non-use that lasted about 60 years. Finally in the mid-1970s, Josiah came out of hibernation and returned to the American popularity charts. The name slowly and quietly climbed the charts for a little over 30 years until it finally achieved a hard-won spot on America’s Top 100 list (2008). The name still feels very traditional and biblical, but could be considered a more modern alternative to Joshua. Josiah doesn’t leave much room for nicknames or pet forms, except, perhaps, for the average Joe.
Popularity of the Boy Name Josiah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Josiah

  • Popular Songs on Josiah

    Popular Songs on Josiah

    Josiah - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Josiah.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Josiah

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Josiah

    Josiah, the Boy King (David C Cook Publishing Co) - From a series of Bible story 10-packs, each Pencil Fun Book features color and activity pages for your child. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Scions of Josiah (Ben Avery) - A Rash Attempt at Vengeance Puts Judah in Peril. King Jehoahaz approaches the city where Egypt's mighty army is encamped. There he's been summoned to appear before Pharaoh Neco, but Jehoahaz is planning to take revenge on Neco for killing his father. Can anyone stop this foolish, vain king from bringing the wrath of Egypt on their nation by trying to assassinate one of the world's most powerful leaders? Recommended for ages young adult.

  • Famous People Named Josiah

    Famous People Named Josiah

    Famous People Named Josiah - Josiah (King of Judah); Josiah Bartlett (signer of the Declaration of Independence); Josiah Conder (architect); Josiah Henson (abolitionist, author, inspiration for Uncle Tom); Josiah Quincy (patriot); Josiah Wedgwood (entrepreneur)

  • Children of Famous People Named Josiah

    Children of Famous People Named Josiah

    Famous People who Named their Son Josiah - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Josiah.

  • Historic Figures

    Josiah - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Josiah Henson (15 Jun 1789 - 5 May 1883) - Josiah Henson is a notable figure in American history. He was a black man born into slavery in Maryland. After an attempt to purchase his own freedom, Henson was cheated out of his money. Fearing he would be sold again, he successfully escaped to Canada around the age of 40. Henson would go onto set up settlements and schools for other fugitive slaves in Ontario and became an outspoken abolitionist. He was also an author and a minister. It is widely believed that Josiah Henson was the inspiration behind Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel, “Uncle Tom's Cabin.” The good and honorable Josiah lived to be 93 years old.

    Josiah Quincy Family (1709-1919) - Josiah Quincy is the name of six generations of prominent Massachusetts men who each bore the name of their preceding fathers. The first, Josiah Quincy I, was a Revolutionary War soldier. The next was known as “the patriot,” a skillful orator who had gone to Britain to argue the causes of the colonies. His son, the next Josiah Quincy (III) was both the mayor of Boston and then the President of Harvard University. His son Josiah also became the mayor of Boston and was instrumental in the establishment of the Massachusetts Board of Education. The fifth Josiah was a poet and a writer, and the last Josiah Quincy also became the mayor of Boston. Quite an impressive set of Josiahs, indeed!

Personality of the Boy Name Josiah

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Josiah

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