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Origins of the Joseph surname

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About the Josephs

We have a total number of 41652 records for people with the last name Joseph.

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Where do most Josephs live?

In 1921, most Josephs lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Josephs

How common is your surname?

823rd most common surname in the UK

We have 28,200 records for the Joseph surname. The oldest one dates back to 1570.

Who were Josephs most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Joseph first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Joseph family members

Common jobs for Josephs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Josephs in 1921




Living On Own Means


At Home


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Josephs in 1921


Coal Miner


Coal Miner Hewer


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers




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