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Joshua Family History

Joshua Name Meaning
Jewish and Gentile (from northern Europe to South India): from the Biblical name, Hebrew Yehoshuah, meaning ‘may Jehovah help him’. It was borne by the Israelite leader who took command of the children of Israel after the death of Moses and led them to take possession of the promised land. In Britain this was a popular name among Nonconformists from the 17th century onward; as a result, it is a typically Welsh surname, since Welsh surnames were comparatively late in formation. 1881 British census has 235, Wales: 194 It is also used as a personal name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. has come to be used as a family name among families from southern India.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Joshua Families

  • Number of Joshua families
     9 - 16
     4 - 8
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Joshua families
     42 - 82
     15 - 41
     1 - 14
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Joshua last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Joshua Family Origin

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Joshua Immigration Information

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Joshua Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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