Add “ine” to the Hebrew name Joseph (“God will increase”) and you’ve got the French female version, Josephine. It hit its stride in the popularity polls, claiming the top spot, just before and after 1900. During that time period the book “Little Women” was published; it featured Josephine March, a character who shortened her name to "Jo," reflecting the character’s bold and brave spirit.
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