Joshua Family History

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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. 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

Similar surnames: Koshy, Jesus, Jost, Posa, Jessup, Osada, Gosha, Osuna, Kosa, Yoshida

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Joshua Family Origin

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Joshua Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Joshua occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Joshua's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Joshua. A less common occupation for the Joshua family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Farming


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Joshua Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Joshua. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Joshua 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Joshua. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Joshua. For the veterans among your Joshua ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Joshua Life Expectancy

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Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Joshua life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Joshua in 1951 was 48, and 55 in 2004.

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