Joseph Family History

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Joseph Name Meaning

English, German, French, and Jewish: from the personal name, Hebrew Yosef ‘may He (God) add (another son)’. In medieval Europe this name was borne frequently but not exclusively by Jews; the usual medieval English vernacular form is represented by Jessup. In the Book of Genesis, Joseph is the favorite son of Jacob, who is sold into slavery by his brothers but rises to become a leading minister in Egypt (Genesis 37–50). In the New Testament Joseph is the husband of the Virgin Mary, which accounts for the popularity of the given name among Christians.

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

Similar surnames: Josephs, Joshua, Joslin, Osen, Jose, Bose, Jost, Koeth, Dobesh

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Joseph Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Joseph name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Joseph. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • European Jewish


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Joseph Family Origin

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Joseph Family Occupations

What did your Joseph ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Joseph. The most common Joseph occupation in the USA was Farmer. 22% of Joseph's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Joseph family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Joseph Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 299,000 census records available for the last name Joseph. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Joseph census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 91,000 immigration records available for the last name Joseph. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 91,000 military records available for the last name Joseph. For the veterans among your Joseph ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Joseph Life Expectancy

What is the average Joseph lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Joseph life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Joseph in 1944 was 23, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Joseph ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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