Its source is Yosef, a Hebrew name meaning "The Lord's addition (to the family)."
This boy's name is used in Polish.
Joseph of the Jewish scriptures was the youngest son of Jacob, and wearer of what a modern stage version of his story calls the ''technicolor dream coat.'' Sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers, he used his prophetic and administrative powers to achieve a position in which he ruled the country in Pharaoh's name. When his brothers sought help from Egypt during a famine, Joseph answered their treachery with forgiveness.
Christians also use this name in honor of another Joseph, foster-father of Jesus. The Bible relates little about him besides his carpenter's trade, his faith in God's messages, and his care for his child and his wife, Mary. He is a revered symbol of trusting patience and vigilant protection.
Prince Józef Antoni Poniatowski (born 1763, died 1813)
Polish military leader. The only non-Frenchman made a marshal by Napoleon.
Joined Napoleon''s assault on Russia, hoping to secure Polish independence; died in combat at the Battle of Leipzig (see list of Generals of the Napoleonic Wars)