Meaning and Origin of the Name Josephine

The name Josephine has been used in many different cultures, and the meaning of Josephine is the same in just about all of them from the biblical meaning ‘Jehovah increases’.

The name actually originate from France from the name Joséphe (the feminine form of the name Joseph).

Variations of the Name

Common English variations of the name Josephine included Jo and Josie.


The popularity of Josephine has, in recent years, climbed significantly. However, it still was not in the top 100 baby girls’ names in England in 2014.

Famous People Called Josephine

Famous people with the name include:

  • Empress Josephine – the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Josephine Skriver – a Danish model
  • Josephine Baker – was an American actress and dancer

Traits of People with the Name

People with this name often like their quiet with a inner spiritual persona. , and people with this name are said to like to analyse the world around them. They seek a deeper spiritual truth and meaning to their life.

According to the urban dictionary Josephine is a sassy person that is not afraid to say the things that others are afraid to say. She is also said to be the type of woman to spend her whole life searching for true love, and when she finds it she will not let go of it. She is said to be the sweetest and best friend a person could ever have. Josephine is also said to be one of the most sought after of women. The name Josephine has been around for a while and will continue to be around for many more years.

Useful Resources

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