The English surname Joseph, also found in Scotland and Ireland, is of patronymic origin meaning son of or descendant of Joseph. The personal name Joseph is derived from the Hebrew Yosef. The name was first introduced to Britain by the returning Crusaders and Pilgrims of the 11th century. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Joseph, which was dated 1191, in the pipe rolls of the county of Hampshire. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1639 when Evan Joseph arrived in Virginia. Today there are approximately 80,000 bearers of the name Joseph living in the US.
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