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Origin: Kenya
Region Origin: Eastern Africa

Joshua is a masculine name of Hebrew origin, meaning "God is deliverance" or "Jehovah is salvation". It is derived from the Hebrew name "Yehoshua," which is a combination of "yeho" (meaning God) and "shua" (meaning to deliver or save). The name has its roots in the Old Testament of the Bible, where Joshua was a companion of Moses and later succeeded him as the leader of the Israelites. The name Joshua shares its origins with the name Jesus, as both names are derived from the Hebrew name Yehoshua. In the ancient Hebrew language, the name Jesus was written as "Yēšūaʿ" or "Yeshu'aʿ". As an English name, Joshua has been in use since the Protestant Reformation. The name has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 50 baby boy names since 2000 and in the top 5 from 2000 to 2008.

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