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Quick Facts on Yusuf

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Arabic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 606
Simple meaning:
God shall add (another son)

Characteristics of Yusuf

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Yusuf

Yusuf is the Arabic equivalent of Yosef (Hebrew) and Joseph (English) which translates to “(God) shall add (another son).” This is a fitting etymology since Joseph was Jacob’s eleventh son in the book of Genesis. In fact, Joseph was Jacob’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, Jacob’s favoritism of Joseph inspired jealousy among his brothers so they concocted a plan to sell Joseph into slavery to Egypt, in essence ridding themselves of the family’s “golden child”. Although once in Egypt, Joseph 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, Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to buy corn from the very brother they betrayed earlier. The brothers reconciled (clearly Joseph was a forgiving guy) and Jacob came to Egypt to be reunited with his beloved son. Aside from the important Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) Joseph, there is, of course, the New Testament Joseph, i.e., the husband of the Virgin Mary who essentially became foster father to Jesus Christ. Lastly, the name Joseph is also 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. The Old Testament Joseph is a highly regarded prophet by Muslims which is why we find Yusuf/Yousef a common name among Arabs. There are slight differences between the Yosef in the Hebrew Bible vs. Yusuf in the Qur'an but it’s essentially the name story (for instance there’s a lot of emphasis on Yusuf’s handsomeness in Islam). In terms of Western usage, the name Yusuf shows up on the charts in countries with considerable Arab citizenry (for instance the U.S., France, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands). It is also one of the most popular boy names in Turkey and Tajikistan.

Popularity of the Name Yusuf

Yusuf is a spelling of Joseph primarily used among Arab-Americans (and perhaps some Turkic-Americans). Because these particular ethnic populations overall are small on a per capita basis, given the sheer size of the U.S. population there’s enough to move the needle on the charts. Arabic names started to come onto the American naming scene around the 1970s as immigration increased and as African-Americans began to embrace Islamic names. Yusuf specifically appeared on the male naming charts for the first time in 2001 so he’s a little late to the game (although Yousef recently showed up so now we have a little competition). Of course Joseph has honors as one of the most successful, widely used and enduring names ever in circulation among Christian Westerners (more thanks to Jesus’ foster-dad than to Jacob’s eleventh son, though). We can clearly understand given Joseph’s importance in the Hebrew Bible, the Christian New Testament and the Islamic Qur'an why and how this name may get the blue ribbon prize for being one of the most acceptable and highly regarded names among all three monotheistic religions. From this perspective we see Joseph as a positive connector. Yusuf, too! Perhaps that’s what folk singer Cat Stevens thought when he changed his name to Yusuf Islam.
Popularity of the Boy Name Yusuf
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Yusuf

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Yusuf

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Yusuf

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  • Popular Songs on Yusuf

    Popular Songs on Yusuf

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  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Yusuf

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Yusuf

    Tell Me about the Prophet Yusuf (Saniyasnain Khan) - Learning About the "Most Beautiful Story" Has Never Been So Simple! This book tells the story of the Prophet Yusuf (as) (or Joseph) and his brothers. It starts in Yusuf's early childhood when his family used to live in tents in the desert, then moves on to the time when he was almost grown up and his brothers threw him into a dry well. It describes how this horrific incident comes as a blessing in disguise, for the young Yusuf was taken to Egypt by a caravan and ultimately made a powerful and trusted minister of the Egyptian king. He was also made a prophet by Allah. The story has a number of moving incidents which underline moral and ethical values. One instance was the courage shown by Yusuf (as) in his youth when he was thrown into the well. Another was his piety and trustworthiness when confronted by the women of the Egyptian nobility. Many other virtues become apparent as the story unfolds: his truthfulness in interpreting dreams, his wisdom and willingness to work hard while managing the famine in Egypt, his kindness to his brothers when they came to beg for grain during the famine, his capacity to forgive while dealing with his brothers and his caring nature when he invited his parents to Egypt to do honor to them. These are some of the episodes in the "most beautiful story" of the Prophet Yusuf (as) from which many excellent lessons may be derived. The focus throughout the book is on the spirit of the Prophet Yusuf's story, and on the lessons that it has for our daily lives. These exciting historical events are presented in a simple, informative style, with beautiful illustrations, so that young people may easily understand and enjoy them. Recommended for ages uncertain.

  • Famous People Named Yusuf

    Famous People Named Yusuf

    Famous People Named Yusuf - Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens, singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Yusuf

    Children of Famous People Named Yusuf

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

  • Historic Figures

    Yusuf - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Yusuf

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Yusuf

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