[ 3 syll. jo-sep-hi-ne, jos-eph-ine ] The baby girl name Josephine is pronounced JHOW-Sah-FiyN in English or Yow-Zeh-FIY-Nah in German †. Josephine's language of origin is Hebrew. It is predominantly used in English, French, and German. The name Josephine means 'Yahweh will add (another son)'. It is a biblical name derived from the word yacaph which is of the meaning 'to add, to increase'. The name was made popular by Napoleon's first wife, Empress Josephine (1763-1814). Josephine is the feminine version of the English, French, and German Joseph.
The name Josephine is widely used; it has 80 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Feeney, Finetta, Finette, Joetta, Joette, Jolene, Joline, Josana, Josanna, Josanne, Josebe, Josefena, Josefene, Josephe, Josephina, Josephyna, Josetta, Joseva, Josianna, Josianne, Josphine, Josy, Joxepa, Jozephine, Jozsa, Jozsi, Pepina, Sefa, Yoseba, and Yosebe. Other English forms include the contracted forms Jo and Jose (used in Dutch too), the diminutives Fife, Fifine, Fina, Jody, Joe, Joey, Jojo, Josee, Josette (used in French too), Josey (used in Hebrew too), Josie, Pheeny, Posey, and Posy, and the spelling variants Josaphine, Josephene, Josephin, and Josephyne.
Forms used in foreign languages include Giuseppa (Italian), Giuseppina (Italian), Guiseppa (Italian), Guiseppina (Italian), Iosefina (Samoan), Iosepine (Hawaiian), Josefa (Czech, Portuguese, Scandinavian, and Spanish), Josefin (Scandinavian), Josefina (Spanish), Josepha (German), Josée (French), Joséphe (French), Joséphine (French), Josiane (French), Josina (Frisian), Jozefa (Polish), Jozefina (Polish), Józefa (Polish), Józefina (Polish), Peppina (Italian), Seosaimhín (Irish), Yosefa (Hebrew), and Yosepha (Hebrew). Specific foreign forms include the diminutives Fifi (French), Josi (German and Hebrew), Jozie (Hebrew), Pepita (Spanish), and Pien (Dutch), and the spelling variant Josefine (German).
Josephine is a popular baby girl name, and it is also regarded as trendy. At the height of its usage in 1916, 0.749% of baby girls were named Josephine. It had a ranking of #21 then. The baby name has seen a steep drop in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #91 with a usage of 0.164%, having regained some lost ground in the recent decade. Within all girl names in its family, Josephine was the most popular. Josephine was 93% more widely used than the 2nd most popular name, Josie, in 2018. The name Josephine has been mainly given to baby girls, although it has also been used as a boy name in the last century. There were 118 times more baby girls than boys who were named Josephine in 1911.
Baby names that sound like Josephine include Josefene, Josephene, Jakobine, Javonna, Javonnah, Jeovanna, Jeveny, Jobina, Jobyna, Josaphine, Josefin, Josefine, Josephin, Jovana, Jovani, Jovanna, Jovanni, Jovannie, Jovanny, and Jovany.
† Pronunciation for Josephine: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)"
Details of famous persons named Josephine:
Royalty Empress Josephine, born Joséphine de Beauharnais 23 June 1763 - 29 May 1814, Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique, France.
Singer Josephine Baker, born Freda Josephine Baker 3 June 1906 - 12 April 1975, St. Louis, Missouri.