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Joshua Name Meaning

Jewish and Welsh: from the Biblical name Hebrew Yehoshuah meaning ‘may Jehovah help him’ transliterated as Joshua in Latin and Latin-derived European Biblical texts and in Britain and America pronounced with initial /ʤ/ (as in jewel) instead of original /j/ (as in yule). The name 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. As well as its use as a personal name and surname among Ashkenazic Jews it is also typically Welsh. In Britain Joshua was a relatively popular personal name among Baptists and Independents from the 17th century onward at which time many Welsh families continued to employ a non-hereditary patronymic which was only later adopted as a fixed surname. The surname is also found among Christians in southern India (compare Koshy ) but since South Indians traditionally do not have hereditary surnames the southern Indian name was in most cases registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. Compare Jesus and Josue .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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You can see how Joshua families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Joshua family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Joshua families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Joshua family living in Indiana. This was about 25% of all the recorded Joshua's in USA. Indiana and 3 other states had the highest population of Joshua families in 1840.
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What did your Joshua ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Joshua. 33% of Joshua men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Joshua women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Joshua were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Porter
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Laundress
  • Housekeeper
  • Laborer
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Passenger Lists

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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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What is the average Joshua lifespan?

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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