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What Does the Name Joshua Mean?

By Emma Davies


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Joshua is a name of Hebrew origin that means ‘God is deliverance’ or ‘the Lord is my salvation’. Originally ‘Yehoshua’, the name has come to emphasize a connection with the concept of salvation and the belief in God as the source of deliverance and protection.

What Does the Name Joshua Mean

Joshua was a key figure in leading the Israelites into the Promised Land after the death of Moses in the Old Testament. The name’s strong biblical connection reflects the acknowledgment that salvation is reliant on the guidance and protection of God.

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: God is deliverance
  • Pronunciation: JOH-shoo-uh
  • Gender: most often used as a boy’s name

How Popular is the Name Joshua?

Joshua is very popular in America and across the world. It’s been on America’s Top 100 boys’ name list since the 70s and even managed to reach the top 10 and stay there for 30 years. The biblical boy’s name also made its way to the top 5 boys’ names in America for 25 years and has continued to stay popular since.

Name Variations

Name Meaning Origin
Josua Jehovah is salvation Hebrew
Yehoshua God is deliverance Hebrew
Joaquin Established by God Portuguese
Jacob Supplanter Hebrew
Matthew Gift of God Hebrew
Daniel God is my judge Hebrew
David Beloved Hebrew

Other Hebrew Boy Names

Name Meaning
Gabriel God is my strength
Ezekiel To strengthen
Amos Born to God
Malachi My messenger
Noah Rest
Levi Attached to me

Alternative Boys’ Names Starting with ‘J’

Name Meaning Origin
James Supplanter Latin
Jack God is gracious English
John God is gracious Hebrew
Joel The lord is God Hebrew
Jackson Son of Jack Old English
Jake Supplanter Hebrew
Jason Healer Greek

Famous People Named Joshua

  • Joshua Jackson – American Canadian actor
  • Joshua Bell – American violinist
  • Josh Peck – American actor
  • Josh Gad – American actor
  • Joshua Dallas – American actor
  • Josh Beckett – Former major league baseball pitcher