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Quick Facts on Josie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 265
Simple meaning:
God shall add

Characteristics of Josie

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Josie

Josie is the pet form of the French name Joséphine which is equivalent to the Hebrew name “Yosef” (Joseph). The original Hebrew name translates to “(God) shall add (another son).” This is a fitting translation, as Joseph was the eleventh son of Israel (Jacob) from the book of Genesis. Joseph was also the most favored son that “Israel made him a robe of many colors” because he was “the son of his old age” (Genesis 37:3). Josie is now a widely used and independently given name in its own right.

Popularity of the Name Josie

The name Josie has been on the American popularity charts since the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends in 1880. In fact, it was during the 1880s that Josie experienced her heights of popularity. Not quite a Top 100 choice for girls, she came awfully close. As we entered the 20th century Josie’s popularity was clearly on the decline. The name’s low-point came all throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. While still maintaining a position on the charts, Josie’s usage was really quite low. Finally things began to turn around for this cute name in the 1990s and continue to improve as we’ve entered this new century. Josie is both tom-boy and sex-kitten. It’s a cute name for a baby girl, a cool name for a teenager, and a straight-forward, no-nonsense name for an adult. If you want to give your daughter more options as she grows older, use the ever-sophisticated French Josephine as her given name and just call her Josie until she decides if she wants “cute” or “elegant”.
Popularity of the Girl Name Josie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Josie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Josie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Josie

    Josie We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Josie.

  • Popular Songs on Josie

    Popular Songs on Josie

    Josie - a song by Blink 182

    Josie - a song by Donovan

    Josie - a song by Kris Kristofferson

    Josie - a song by the Smut Peddlers [explicit]

    Josie - a song by Steely Dan

    Josie's House - a song by Jupiter Sunrise

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Josie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Josie

    Is That Josie? (Keiko Narahashi) - "Is that Josie peeking out of bed?" "No, it's a sly fox hiding in her den." So begins the game that this imaginative youngster plays with her parents. Whenever they pose a question about her identity, the girl claims to be a different wild creature-a kangaroo, an opossum, an eagle, and more-and mimicks its behavior. With simple text and watercolor paintings with strokes evocative of Japanese brush work, this portrayal of an Asian-American family is elegantly natural. Animal illustrations are full page, while those that focus on the child's inspirations are cameos effectively surrounded by white space. The endpapers are equally inviting. Exuberant Josie nearly bounces off the pages whether she's in the bath (as a dolphin) or at the sink (as a crocodile with shiny white teeth). Ready for bed, she is "Mommy's big girl," in an ending just right for children learning to recognize wildlife or imitate movement. An infectious choice for story time, too. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Jackson, Josie, & the (almost) Free Lunch (Andrea McAllister O'Connell) - Jackson has big ideas for a yummy lunch with his sister, Josie… but they soon find out that leaving the school was a bad idea! ''Creatively written, delightfully illustrated, a most enjoyable picture book for all ages. Important life learning lessons are subtlety presented in this book. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!'' Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Josie and Mr. Fernandez (Patsy Backx) - After Josie bumps into a man and spills the groceries he is carrying, a nearby dog eats some of his cookies, so he buys a new bag to share with Josie. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Josie Unlimited (Stephen Shifflett) - An awkward but handsome fifteen-year-old, Donnie Darning has a brilliant mind but a dysfunctional family. His father is overbearing, and his mother drowns her problems in alcohol. Fortunately, his dismal world doesn’t compare to the vast universe he finds inside books, but he is tired of living life vicariously through reading stories. Josie Rosado changes all that. Beautiful and exotic, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a Romani immigrant has just moved in with her family next door to Donnie. Josie is charismatic and worldly, a wonderful mystery to be solved, and Donnie is immediately captivated by her spiritedness. Josie shows Donnie how exciting the world can be, whether they’re flying kites in the park or having moonlit tête-à-têtes on the roof. They soon become inseparable, living in their own bubble of existence. But one day, they come home to find a Lincoln Continental parked in Josie’s driveway. Donnie discovers that Josie has a secret, but can she trust him enough to reveal it? Donnie must protect Josie, even if it destroys his family’s good name—and his life. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Josie's Garden (David Orme) - Josie lives in a high-rise flat in town with her mum and brother. More than anything else in the world, Josie wants a garden. When Josie and her friend, Meena, discover an abandoned and over-grown garden near their school, Josie is delighted and decides to make the garden her own. But sometimes, things are not quite as simple as they first seem. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Josie's Gift (Kathleen Long Bostrom) - This Christmas will be the most difficult one for Josie, her mother and little brother, Bobby Joe. It is the first holiday for this depression era family since the death of their father and husband. He had always taught this simple family that "Christmas is not about what we want. It's about what we have." But this Christmas, all Josie could think about is what she had lost. Trying to fill the emptiness, Josie begs her mother for a new blue sweater she has been admiring in the store window for weeks. She knows that they can't afford it, but she wants desperately to know joy again. But in the form of three visitors and a surprise sacrificial gift on Christmas morning, Josie finds the joy she is seeking in the true meaning of Christmas. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Princess Josie's Pets (Maryann MacDonald) - Princess Josie wants a puppy for her eighth birthday, but first she must prove to the King and Queen that she can be responsible for its care. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Abbot and I: As Told by Josie the Cat (Sarah Elizabeth Cowie) - Josie the cat has a special relationship with a monastery. She is the abbot's cat. Visit with Josie as she guides children on a special tour of a monastery: having tea with the the abbot in his cell, watching monks garden and sew and taking part in an all-night vigil. Illustrations by Sarah Selby. A picture book for preschool and up. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The Archies & Josie and the Pussycats (Dan Parent) - It's a match made in rock & roll heaven when two of the greatest bands get together to make sweet music. Join The Archies & Josie and the Pussycats on a whirlwind tour full of rockin' rivalries, romance, and revenge! What starts with a kiss turns in to an all-out love smackdown when Archie falls for Valerie! But when Betty & Veronica find out, it could be the end of not only their romance, but of The Archies and The Pussycats, too! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Where Did Josie Go? (Helen Elizabeth Buckley) - Get ready for a game of hide-and-seek in this newly illustrated edition of a charming book originally published nearly 40 years ago. A family relaxes outside on a sunny day. The mother, pregnant, is dozing on the porch. The father and the dog snooze in the hammock. The brother is reading. But where's the youngest, Josie? Everyone searches. Is she in the house? In the closet? Behind the couch? Flower petals from the bouquet Josie carries are clues to her whereabouts, and children will catch glimpses of her as she leads her family on a merry search till she's ready to be found. Buckley's bouncy rhymes are full of spirit, as are Ormerod's line-and-watercolor illustrations. There's still an old-fashioned flavor to the book, perfectly suited to the simple premise. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

  • Famous People Named Josie

    Famous People Named Josie

    Famous People Named Josie - Josie Bissett (actress); Josie Maran (model)

  • Children of Famous People Named Josie

    Children of Famous People Named Josie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Josie - Jose Canseco (baseball player); Tony Shalhoub (actor); Brooke Adams (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Josie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Josie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Josie (see Josephine).

Personality of the Girl Name Josie

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Josie

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