Meaning: God is salvation
Alternate spellings: Josue, Josh, Jesus
Joshua, the given name of a host of young, studly actors these days, is a Hebrew name that means “God is salvation.” The name has been around since the Bible – Joshua led the Israelites to the Promised Land after Moses’s death. In the U.S., Joshua has been on the charts since 1880, but was only moderately popular. It made big leaps in the 1960s and continued to rise, having been in the top 10 ever since. Joshua is part of the group of J names that parents today are so fond of, including Jacob, Joseph, Jayden, James, John, Justin, Jonathan, and Jordan.
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