Joe - Meaning of Joe
[ 1 syll. joe, jo-e ] The baby boy name Joe is also used as a girl name, but it is much more common for boys. It is pronounced as JHow †. Joe is largely used in the English and French languages, and it is derived from Hebrew origins.
Joe is an English contraction of the name Joel (English and German).
Joe is also an English and French contraction of the name Joseph (English, French, and German).
Jo (Dutch, English, and Japanese contraction) is a variant of Joe.
Joe is a classic favorite. Currently it is still fairly popular as a baby name for boys, though it was in more widespread use in the past. Its usage peaked in 1936 with 0.754% of baby boys being given the name Joe. Its ranking then was #23. The baby name has since experienced a substantial loss in popularity, and is now of occasional use. In 2018, its usage was only 0.018% and its ranking #695, but it was nonetheless the 3rd most popular after Joseph and Joel, among all boy names in its group. In 2018, Joseph's use outnumbered Joe's by 28 times. Joe has predominantly been a baby boy name in the past century. In 1960, 54 times as many baby boys than girls were given the name Joe.
† Pronunciation for Joe: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)"
Details of famous persons named Joe:
Actor Joe Pecsi, born 9 February 1943, Newark, New Jersey.
Actor Mickey Rooney, born Joe Yule, Jr., 23 September 1920, Brooklyn, New York.
Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio, born 25 November 1914 - 8 March 1999, Martinez, California.
Footballer Joe Montana, born 11 June 1956, New Eagle, Pennsylvania.
Footballer Joe Namath, born 31 May 1943, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
Heavy metal Musician Joe Elliot, born Joseph Thomas Elliott, 1 August 1959, South Yorkshire, England.
Rock Bandmember Joe Strummer, born 1976 - 1986, London, England.
US Senator Joe Lieberman, born Joseph Isadore Lieberman, 24 February 1942, Stamford, Connecticut.