What does Josephine mean?
J osephine [jos ephine] â–¼ as a girls' name is pronounced JOH-sa-feen. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Josephine is "Jehovah increases". Feminine of Joseph with the diminutive suffix -ine. Napoleon's famous Empress Josephine's real name was Marie Josephe. Cabaret celebrity Josephine Baker.
ASSOCIATED WITH empress (queen)
MIDDLE NAME PAIRINGS
Josephine Kyndall (J.K.).
How popular is Josephine?
Josephine is a very popular first name for females (#121 out of 4276, Top 3%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)
Josephine reached its highest position of #23 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #131 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2015)
Which version is better?
with its variant forms and related names. Popular related forms of Josephine (#131 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) are Jo . Joette. Joey. Joline. Josefa. Josefina. Josefine. Joseph. Josepha. Josette. Josey and Josie (#251). Adoption of these relations of Josephine was at its most widespread during 1910-1919 (ADOPTION OF 0.81%) and has become much diminished since (ADOPTION 0.24%, DOWN 70.4%). Josephine is more widely used than the rest, although Josie appears to be gaining favor too, while versions such as Josefina used to be popular.