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Origin: Kenya
Region Origin: Eastern Africa

Josephine is a feminine given name with origins in both Hebrew and French. The meaning of Josephine is "Jehovah increases" or "God shall grow". It is derived from the Hebrew name Yosef, which also means "Jehovah increases". In French, the female version of Joseph was Josèphe, but it slowly lost popularity, and Joséphine became more common. The name Josephine has several variations throughout different European cultures and languages. Some diminutive forms of the name include Fifi, Jo, Josie, Joetta, and Jojo. Other language variants include the Irish version Seosaimhín, the Spanish version Josefina or Josephina, and the Greek version Iosiphina (Ιωσηφίνα). Alternate spellings include Yosefina and Gosefine, and the Swedish version is Josefine.

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