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Quick Facts on Yosef

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 709
Simple meaning:
God shall add (another son)

Characteristics of Yosef

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Yosef

Yosef (יוֹסֵף) is the Hebrew form of Joseph; the name translates to “(God) shall add (another son).” This is a fitting etymology since Yosef (Joseph) was Yaakov’s (Jacob’s) eleventh son in the book of Genesis. In fact, Yosef was Yaakov’s favorite son, so much so that “he made him a robe of many colors” because he was “the son of his old age” (Genesis 37:3). As it would in any family, Yaakov’s favoritism of Yosef inspired jealousy among his brothers so they conspired to sell Yosef into slavery to Egypt, in essence ridding themselves of the family’s “golden child”. Although once in Egypt, Yosef rose to become chief steward to Pharaoh after wisely advising Pharaoh to stockpile food during a period of abundance (in essence, preparing Egypt for the coming seven year famine). Once the famine struck all the surrounding lands, Yosef’s brothers came to Egypt to buy corn from the very brother they had betrayed earlier. The brothers reconciled (clearly Yosef was a forgiving guy) and Yaakov came to Egypt to be reunited with his beloved son. Given Yosef’s importance in Jewish tradition and his patriarchal status as head ancestor to two of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (through his two sons), Yosef is not surprisingly a Top 10 name for baby Jewish boys in Israel.

Popularity of the Name Yosef

Yosef first made an appearance on America’s Top 1000 list of baby boy names in 1989, then again in 1999 and finally again in 2001. This time, the name has managed to stick. As the Hebrew form of Joseph, Yosef is a name given to Jewish-American baby boys. While it has seen moderate increases in usage in the past several years, we don’t expect to see it get much higher on the charts. Jewish-Americans represent only about 2% of the U.S. population so it’s simply not enough to have a substantial impact on a name’s usage, especially those in their original Hebrew forms. Just about every name English-speakers have adopted from the Old Testament (and many from the New Testament) has etymological roots and meanings in the Hebrew language. Just like Joseph came from Yosef. Now many Jewish-Americans are going back to their traditional names rather than the English versions. Yosef is another celebratory example of this trend.
Popularity of the Boy Name Yosef
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Yosef

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Yosef

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Yosef

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

  • Popular Songs on Yosef

    Popular Songs on Yosef

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Yosef

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Yosef

    Yosef and the Leather Nest (Chris Offenburger Walsh) - Have you ever looked at your baseball mitt and thought it looked like a bird's nest? Yosef, a very lucky boy, lives close to a park with a baseball field. He and his friends play nearly every day in this park, and never once had he ever thought of his glove as a comfy nest! But Yosef meets several new friends that think otherwise. His new friends ask for his help along his way to the baseball field. Yosef agrees to help, their short journey proving that kindness builds friendships. Whether you make room in your baseball mitt or room in your heart, being kind and helpful to others builds smiles and respect. Recommended for ages 5-8.

  • Famous People Named Yosef

    Famous People Named Yosef

    Famous People Named Yosef - Yosef Elboim (Jewish rabbi); Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn (Jewish rabbi); Yosef Caro (codifier of Jewish Law); Yosef Shalom Eliashiv (Jewish rabbi); Yosef Burg (Israeli politician); Yosef Hayyim (authority on Jewish Law and Master Kabbalist); Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld (Jewish rabbi); Yosef Goldman (scholar of Jewish-American history); Yosef Haim Brenner (figure in modern Hebrew literature)

  • Children of Famous People Named Yosef

    Children of Famous People Named Yosef

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

  • Historic Figures

    Yosef - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Yosef - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Yosef.

Personality of the Boy Name Yosef

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Yosef

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