Name José - Meaning and origin

Name José - Meaning and origin

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Very common in Spain, José is a male given name of Hebrew origin. José is the Spanish transcription of Joseph, himself derived from "Yoseph", also Hebrew, meaning "God will increase my descendants".

In Genesis we find a Joseph who was one of Jacob's sons. Joseph is a name that became very popular after Hispanics in Europe converted to the Catholic religion. During the twentieth century, this first name, relatively widespread, held the 147th place ranking of the names most used in France. The popularity of this name is certainly due to the immigration of several Spanish refugees in Europe, more precisely in France, following the civil war from 1936 to 1939 that divided Spain. Although José is less popular than Joseph, it remains a name still used in the Hexagon.


José Garcia (comedian and Franco-Spanish actor), José Bové (political figure of French origin), José Acasuso (tennis player of Argentine origin) and José Alberto (Dominican singer). Writers of Spanish origin, José Agustín Goytisolo and José Bergamín. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and José María Aznar, Spanish politicians. José Artur, radio host and French comedian, José Manuel Durão Barroso, Portuguese politician, was the president of the European Commission. José de Sousa Saramago, Portuguese journalist and writer.

The José are celebrated with Saint José. Born in Mexico in 1851, "The Apostle of the Indians" was a Brazilian evangelist. He is also the one who created "the congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor". Died in 1904, he was beatified only 10 years later.

His character :

The José have a cheerful character and do not like to complicate their existence. Far from living in slow motion, they like to enjoy the good times, which does not prevent them from having a sense of responsibility.


Giuseppe, Jef, Job, Jos, Josane, Josanne, Josaphat, Josefo, Josse, Jose, Josee, Josephin, Yoseph ...

His party :

March 19th.

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