Name: Josephine

Origin and Meaning of the Name Josephine

  • Meaning:
    He will enlarge
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  • Pronunciation:
    (JOE zeh feen); (zhoe zey feen)
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    English, French and German speaking countries
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    Josephine is an English and French feminine form of the name Joseph.

    Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, is an early bearer of this name. She was born Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, and her first husband was Alexandre de Beauharnais.

    Other notable Josephines include the author Josephine Cox, and Josephine (Jo) March, the heroine of Louisa May Alcott's 'Little Women' and its sequels. The main character of Elinor M Brent-Dyer's 'Chalet School' series is Josephine (Joey) Bettany.

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