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Origin & Meaning

The name Jolene is of English origin.

The meaning of Jolene is "G-d shall add (another son)".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 720  in baby name popularity for girls with 385 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Jolene Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Jolene has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Jolene to other names.


Joseph is an English form of the Hebrew name Yoseph.

In the Old Testament, Joseph is the name borne by the 11th son of Jacob's 12 sons. He is Jacob's favorite child because he is Rachel's child and because he is kind, thoughtful and good. As a special mark of his love, Jacob gifts Joseph a beautiful robe or coat of many colors, that is long with wide sleeves. This favoritism, makes his brothers jealous of him.

At 17, Joseph has two dreams which imply that the family would be bowing down to him. "Who do you think you are?" the brothers say. "Do you think that you are better than all of us? Do you think that we would ever bow down to you?" This further angers his brothers.

One day, at his father's request, Joseph goes to check on his older brothers in the fields. When they see him in the distance they plot to kill him. His brother Reuben, convinces the others to throw him in an empty well instead, thinking that he would eventually rescue Joseph from the well. But while Reuben is away, the brothers decide to sell Joseph into slavery, to a group of passing traders. The brothers make up a story to tell their father who then mourns the death of his son Joseph.

In Egypt, Joseph is put into bondage. He soon earns the favor of the Pharoah, when he interprets one of the Pharoah's dreams.

After Pharaoh tells him his dream, Joseph replies "God is warning you. There will be seven years when nothing will grow and there won't be any food for anyone."

When the Paroah asks "What can I do?" Joseph tells him "God has shown you what to do. There will be seven good years before the seven bad years. If you save a little bit of the harvest from each of the good years, you will have enough food to get through the bad years".

Pharaoh believes all that Joseph tells him, and puts him in charge of all the lands of Egypt.

During the 7 lean years, Joseph's brothers like many, come to Egypt to buy grain. Joseph recognizes them but they do not recognize him (it had been over 10 years) and just as in his original dream, they bow to him because he is an important person.

After a few meetings with his brothers, Joseph can no longer keep the secret and says, "I am Joseph! Is my father alive?" But his brothers cannot answer him because they are afraid. Then Joseph says, "Come here. I am your brother, the one you sold! Do not worry, and do not be angry at yourselves for selling me, because God has put me here to save the people from starving."

The brothers reconcile, and Joseph's father, brothers, and their families come to live with him in Egypt.

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Jolene is a form of the name Joseph.

Variants of the name Jolene include Joleen, Jolena, Jolina, Joline, Jolleen, Jollene.

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English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.