- It sounds French and for me, by extension, sophisticated. It also allows for nicknames like Josie when a girl is little and the full name is too serious.
- an underused name now, that is still classy and recognisable. It also has the first letters of my mum's name, Josiane.
- This name is a well known name, but not very well used. It's feminine without being weak. It would look just as well on a lawyer's business card as it would on a book of poetry.
- This name is old and can be shortened to 'Jo'. I love names that can be shortened to male names. Plus, Jo was my favorite character from Little Women.
- cuz of all the cute nicknames like Jo or Josie or Joey
- Josephine will always be feminine but there's also a lot of strength to it. It's been used for a long time but is now very underused. It's extremely flexible. There are many nicknames that can be used depending upon the personality of the individual (Jose, Joey, FiFi, Jo). It's something that can really grow from a child into a woman.
- My favorite literary character is Jo from Little Women, and also I just think this is a gorgeous name
- Josephine Frances: Josephine is for my favorite character in Little Women and for my great grandfather James Joseph, whom everyone called Joe. Frances is a family name on both sides. I can safely say this little girl would never feel inferior to a man because of her name.
- Josephine Mariska - Josephine's a classic name that cycles in & out of fashion-ability yet never completely disappears. The multiple nicknames of Josie, Joey, Jo, Posey & Fifi allow the name to grow from childhood to late adulthood easily. Mariska is the Hungarian pet form of Maria (or Mary, depending on how you look at Maria!) and is a wonderful way to honor a Mary relative as well as passing along a pride in your Hungarian roots. Easily pronounced and spelt, unlike some ethnic variations.
Now used in English, Josephine was originally a French feminine form of Joseph.
See Also: Joseph
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