What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, French, German, Biblical
Pronunciation:  JO-sǝf (English), zho-ZEF (French), YO-zef (German)

Meaning & History
From Ioseph, the Latin form of the Greek Ιωσηφ, which is derived from the Hebrew name Yosef, meaning "he will add."  In the Old Testament, Joseph was the given name of Jacob's eleventh son, and his obvious favorite.  Due to jealousy and anger, Joseph's older brothers sold him into slavery and sent him to Egypt, telling their father that he had been killed in a wild accident.  Many years later, Joseph became advisor to the pharaoh in Egypt and was eventually reconciled to his brothers when they came to the country during a great famine.  Joseph trusted God throughout his sufferings and God blessed him.  This name also occurs in the New Testament as the given name of Joseph the carpenter, husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
          In the Middle Ages, Joseph was a common Jewish name, less frequent among the Christians.  It later became popular in England after the Protestant Reformation.  

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  MIE-kah

Meaning & History
Variant of the biblical Micah, which comes from Micaiah, meaning "who is like YAHWEH?"

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical
Pronunciation:  JER-i-ko (English)

Meaning & History
From the name of a city in Israel, which is mentioned many times in the Old Testament.  The meaning of this name is unknown for certain, but could possibly be related to the Hebrew word yareach meaning "moon," or to another Hebrew word reyach, meaning "fragrant."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, French
Pronunciation:  MAD-ǝ-lin (English), MAD-ǝ-lien (English), ma-de-LEEN (French),  mad-LEEN (French)

Meaning & History
English form of Magdalene, meaning "of Magdala."  This was the given name of the heroine in a series of children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans, first published in 1939.

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