What does the baby name Joss mean? Learn about what Joss means, its history & origin, popularity in our random name database, pronunciation, similar names, nicknames & spelling variations.

Joss - Name Meaning, Origin & Popularity

Spelling of Joss
J-O-S-S, is a 4-letter male given name.
Pronunciation of Joss
Meaning of Joss
God is salvation, little goth, german tribal person.
Origin of Joss
The name 'Joss' has multiple origins and can be traced back to different cultures. One origin of the name is English, where 'Joss' is a diminutive form of the name 'Joseph'. It is derived from the Hebrew name 'Yosef', meaning 'May Jehovah add/give increase'. Another origin of the name 'Joss' is Chinese, where it is a variant of the name 'Jia' or 'Jie', which means 'outstanding' or 'excellent'.
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Popularity of Joss
The popularity of the name 'Joss' has varied over time and across different regions. In English-speaking countries, 'Joss' has remained relatively uncommon as a given name. It has not ranked in the top 1000 names in the United States or the United Kingdom in recent years.
Joss currently has 23 likes, and is in the top 7% of liked boy's names. The name Owain is slightly more popular than Joss.

Etymology of Joss

The etymology of the name 'Joss' differs depending on its origin. As a diminutive form of 'Joseph', the name 'Joss' shares the same etymology as 'Joseph'. It is derived from the Hebrew name 'Yosef', which means 'May Jehovah add/give increase'.

In Chinese, the name 'Joss' is a variant of 'Jia' or 'Jie', which means 'outstanding' or 'excellent'. The Chinese character for 'Joss' is not directly related to the etymology of 'Joseph'.

Cultural Significance of Joss

In English-speaking cultures, the name 'Joss' does not hold significant cultural or historical significance. It is often chosen as a nickname or a short form of the name 'Joseph'. However, in Chinese culture, names are often chosen for their auspicious meanings and cultural significance. The name 'Joss' may be seen as a positive and admirable choice, reflecting the desire for excellence and outstanding qualities in a child.