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From Hebrew יֹאשִׁיָּה(yōšiyyā), יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ(yōšiyyā́hū).

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  1. (biblical) A king of Judah.
  2. A male given name from Hebrew.


  • :
    Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.
  • 1854 Charles Dickens, Hard Times, Book I, Chapter XV:
    "Whatever I am to call him, Mr. Gradgrind, when he is married to Louisa! I must call him something. - - - I cannot call him Josiah, for the name is insupportable to me. You yourself wouldn't hear of Joe, you very well know. Am I to call my son-in-law, Mister?

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