Jose is a Spanish version of Joseph, which is an ecclesiastical Late Latin form of the Greek Ioseph, which is derived from the Hebrew yosef (may he add, God shall add). The name was adopted by many Christians in Europe and the Americas to honor Jesus Christ.
Famous people with the surname Jose include: American baseball player Joe Jose Fernandez; American football player Joe Joseski; Brazilian footballer Josimar; Chilean footballer Hernan Jose Diaz; Colombian boxer Jesús José Sánchez; Costa Rican footballer Jose Antonio Rodriguez; Dominican baseball player Jose Ortiz; English rugby league player Joe Jose Sanchez; French rugby league player Jose Perez; German-American soccer player Joe Jose Sanchez; Mexican baseball player Joe Jose Segovia; Nicaraguan baseball player Jose Santos Reyes; Puerto Rican basketball player Joe Jose Santiago; Venezuelan baseball player Joe Jose Segura; and Welsh rugby union player Joe Joseph Jones.
The surname Jose may be used as an English language name. According to the Social Security Administration, around 7,500 Americans were given the name Joseph in 2008. However, due to its popularity among parents who identify themselves as Hispanic, this number likely represents only a small fraction of those individuals who are actually called Jose.
Jose is a Spanish and Portuguese boy's name that means "Jehovah grows." From baseball's Jose Conseco to opera's Jose Carreras, to singer Jose Feliciano, to actor Jose Ferrer, the Spanish and Portuguese variations of Joseph have legions of notable bearers, both past and present.
There are many variations in names between countries. In Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, parents add an "o" or not at the end of a name to indicate a girl or boy, respectively. In India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, it is common for boys to take names that begin with the same letter as their father's name or surname. For example, if your father's name is Vijay then you could be called Vijay Kumar or VKumar. In China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other Asian countries, all children receive identical birth certificates which include both their given name and family nickname. These names may either be written out phonetically or using Chinese characters. For example, if your family calls you Jim then your official identification number would be Jiumei. When you go to school, you can choose to be called by either of these names.
In the United States, most babies are named after one or more people. The choice of a first name is important because this is what will appear on a birth certificate and social security card. Often times, a first name is used as a descriptor too.
Joses is a name that appears frequently in the New Testament, generally as a version of Joseph: Jose, one of the names in Jesus' genealogy: 3:29 in Luke and Matthew and 1:10 in John. In addition to these three books, the name also shows up in Acts 6:15 and Hebrews 5:14.
In the New Testament, Jose is used to refer to at least seven people. There are two men named Jose in the Gospels: Joseph, who was probably called by another name before he was baptized (Matthew 9:18), and Jose, who was likely named after him.
There is also a Joseph, son of Jacob and Leah, who was one of Moses' wives (Exodus 2:16). They had other sons and daughters together but only this Joseph is mentioned by name in the Bible. He was a good man who did many things for Israel during their 40 years in Egypt.
After Moses died, God told Aaron to choose his successor. The priests then selected this Joseph because they thought that since Moses had died when he was just 60 years old, someone need not be older than 70 to become leader. But God wanted someone else to lead the Israelites instead and he chose Joshua instead.