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Meaningwill add
Other names
Variant form(s)Yossef
Short form(s)Yossi, Yosi
See alsoJoseph, Yusuf

Yosef (Hebrew: יוֹסֵף‎, lit. 'he will add' also transliterated as Yossef, Josef, Yoseph Tiberian Hebrew and Aramaic Yôsēp̄) is a Hebrew male name derived from the Hebrew word yasaf (Hebrew: יסף‎, romanizedyasaf, lit. 'to add; to increase'). It is the Hebrew equivalent of the English name Joseph, and the Arabic name Yusuf.

The name appears in the Book of Genesis.[1] Joseph is Jacob's eleventh son and Rachel's first son, and known in the Jewish Bible as Yossef ben-Yaakov.[2]

Given name[edit]


  • Elie Yossef, Israeli-British educator and political activist
  • Jwan Yosef (1984–), Syrian-Swedish painter and artist
  • Menasheh ben Yosef ben Yisrael (1604–1657), Portuguese rabbi, kabbalist, writer, diplomat, printer and publisher, founder of the first Hebrew printing press (named Emeth Me'erets Titzmah')
  • Yaacov Yosef (1946–2013), Israeli rabbi and member of the Knesset

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0130.htm (כד וַתִּקְרָא אֶת-שְׁמוֹ יוֹסֵף, לֵאמֹר: יֹסֵף יְהוָה לִי, בֵּן אַחֵר. 24 And she called his name Joseph, saying: 'The LORD add to me another son.')
  2. ^ "Yosef". Oh Baby! Names. Oct 2, 2018. Retrieved Sep 23, 2019.