If your name is Joe then you should think of March 27 as your second birthday because it is now known as National Joe Day. And don’t worry, if you’re named Joey, Josephine, Joanna, Jodie, or even Jo Jo, this day is for you too. We may have a history of calling people “Average Joes” but not today, today is your day and you’re anything but average. So, if your name is Joe it’s time to celebrate a day that is dedicated to you, and if you’re not called Joe then pick up your phone and wish all the Joes you know a happy National Joe Day.
History of National Joe Day
The origin of this day is unknown, but we know that the name Joe or Jo refers to an everyday name. Deriving from this is phrases like ‘‘Lucky Joe’’, or ‘‘Average Joe.’’ Weirdly, it can also refer to a steaming hot cup of coffee. The phrase ‘‘cup of Joe’’ became popular around 1940. Since then, the phrase stuck and became known as the name for the everyday activity of coffee drinking.
The meaning of the name Joseph is ‘‘God will increase’’. The name also derives from ‘‘Yosef’’ which is a Hebrew name meaning ‘‘He will add.’’ In the Bible, Joseph is an important figure.
In the Old Testament, he was the Son of Jacob and Rachel who was exiled to Egypt and who soon became an advisor to the Pharaoh. In the New Testament, the most well-known Joseph was Mary’s husband Joseph the carpenter, and there was also mention of a Joseph of Arimathea who was a rich disciple.
In the middle ages, Joseph was a very common name used by the Jews and Christians and today the name is widely used and loved in many different cultures. Joe ranked among the top 20 most popular names every year throughout the 20th century and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon.
National Joe Day timeline
- March 2020
The Jonas Brothers tweet about #NationalJoeDay, reiterating that the day was not created by their brother Joe.
- March 2015
My Name is Joe
As of this date, there were 364,533 people in the United States with the name Joe.
Call me Joe
Joseph was the 5th most used name in the U.S.
From now to the 1930s in the U.S., the name Joseph is consistently ranked as a top 10 male name.
National Joe Day FAQs
What is National Joe Day?
National Joe Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate all of the Joes out there. They aren’t average and they should know it!
Why is coffee called Joe?
Joseph Daniels was the secretary of the Navy and he strictly banned the consumption of alcohol. Instead, he chose to increase purchases of coffee and his name became linked to the hot drink, with the saying ‘‘a cup of Joe’’ becoming common.
Who is the most famous Joe?
Joe Pesci is one of the most famous. He is an actor best known for his role in Goodfellas and Home Alone.
National Joe Day Activities
Change your name
Change your name for the day! Tell everyone your new name and stick to it but choose wisely. Whichever form of name with Jo is up for grabs, whether it’s a Joe, Jo Jo, Jodie, or even Joanne. This may prove confusing for your family and friends but just go with it for the fun of it all.
Celebrate people named Joe
Do you have a special Joe in your life? Honor a Joe, whether they are a friend, someone you knew, or a celebrity. Even if they have a name translated in another language that means Joe. For example, Yusuf is Joseph in Arabic. Tell stories of a Joe you’re friends with, or one who resides in your family.
Eat or drink Joe
Why not treat yourself to a Joe (as in coffee). Some people even choose to pay it forward on National Joe Day. Another way to celebrate is to eat the all-American classic that is a Sloppy Joe and share the photos on social media.
5 Facts About National Joe Day
The roots of National Joe Day are said to be Scottish.
Originally, Joe meant Valentine or sweetheart, and over time the name has come to represent a regular guy.
G.I Joe was created as a toy for boys as Barbie was so popular.
Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage is the real name of Joe exotic from Netflix’s ‘‘Tiger King.’’
What’s your name?
For a first name, Joe is the 110th most popular name.
Why We Love National Joe Day
Famous Joes unite
This day allows us to celebrate the famous Joes we appreciate. Joe the singer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jo Jo the musician, Joey Tribbiani from Friends and JoJo Siwa. Why not? We love them and they are team Joe!
Sing your Joes away
We get to sing the national Joe day song. 987TheBull has a ‘‘National Joe Day Song’’ on YouTube about all the famous Joes. Check it out.
We all know a Joe
Statistics suggest that most of us know or have known a Joe at some point in our lives, so we all have someone to celebrate.
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