Joseph with the baby Jesus
St Joseph with the Infant Jesus by Guido Reni, c 1635

Since profiling Joe, Montana, it’s only appropriate to get to the root of the name Joe: Joseph.

As many other names are, Joseph is a biblical name. The original Hebrew is יוֹסֵף, (Yosef), meaning “The Lord will increase” or “The Lord will add.” There were several Josephs in the bible, the first being Joseph, son of Jacob. According to Joseph was a fairly common Jewish name and didn’t become a popular Christian name until after the protestant reformation.

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