National Joe Day
National Joe Day is observed next on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024 (110 days from today).
If your name is Joe, you should consider March 27th every year as your second birthday as it is National Joe Day. Moreover, don't worry, if your name are in Joey, Josephine, Joanna, Jodie or even Jo, National Joe Day is also for you. We may have a history of calling people "Average Joke" but not today, today is your day and you are anything but average. So if your name is Joe then it's time to celebrate a day just for you and if you're not called Joe then pick up the phone and wish all the Joes you know a happy Independence Day.
History of National Joe Day
The origin of this day is still unknown, but we do know that the name Joe or Jo refers to an everyday name. Rooted in this are phrases like ‘‘Lucky Joe’’ or ‘‘Average Joe. ’ Curiously, it can also refer to a steaming hot cup of coffee. The phrase ‘‘cup of Joe’’ became increasingly popular around 1940. Since then, the phrase has gained popularity and is known as the name for the daily act of drinking coffee.
The meaning of the name Joseph is ‘‘The Lord will increase’’. The name is also derived from ‘‘Yosef’’ which is a Hebrew name meaning ‘‘He will add. In the Bible, Joseph plays an important role.
In the Old Testament, he was the Son of Jacob and Rachel who was exiled to Egypt and soon became an advisor to Pharaoh. In the New Testament, Joseph is best known as Joseph, husband of Mary, the carpenter, and there is also mention of Joseph of Arimathea as a wealthy disciple.
In the middle Ages, Joseph was a very popular name that are used by the creator, Jews and Christians and the name is widely used and loved in many different cultures. Joe in the Bible plays an important role, ranked among the 20 most popular names every year throughout the 20th century, and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down any time soon.
Why National Joe Day?
Humans have been obsessed with nomenclature ever since they were able to string sounds and words together. Language is a tool to understand the concept of self and name is one of the prominent features by which we define people, brands and everything around us.
Since ancient times, names have been given by the infant's parents, relatives, or sometimes even the clan chief. Back then a name was more than an identifier. The name is a tool to identify oneself with ancestors, to describe the child's characteristics, to ask for blessings from a higher power or even to mark any event related to the death of the child's life. Although the names of individuals remain fixed in the Western world, according to the Native American custom of a person changing his or her name during various stages of life, a practice that continues. .
Changing one's name is an important event in many religions. Individuals who choose the monastic life give up their old name and choose a new name to signify that they have chosen a different path. It is customary for Christians to choose a Christian name for both men and women on the occasion of baptism, a ceremony that represents their faith and their integration into the universal church.
In some cultures, a person's real name is kept secret for protection from their human or spirit enemies, who are said to wield totem powers on people with their own names. Therefore, they keep both, a public name and a private name secret. However, since the dawn of the written language, personal names have been kept constant as it is a prerequisite for accurate historical and civil records.
Today, it has become too common for young parents to find a unique name for their child to give their child an early advantage of being different from the crowd. Even as we strive for uniqueness in a society driven by individualism, few of the old and golden names and standards prevail even now.
The name Joe is often used as an abbreviated form of names like Joseph, Joey, Josephine, etc. Joseph was a common Jewish name in the middle Ages and was not popular with many Christians. It became a popular name in Spain and Italy during the middle Ages. After the protesters' reform, the name also became popular in Britain.
Joseph is derived from the Hebrew name ‘Yosef’ which translates as “He will add”. Joseph was a common name in antiquity and has appeared in various religious texts such as the Bible. In the Bible, Joseph is an important figure who rose to the position of a pharaoh's advisor from his humble early days. In addition, Joseph is the husband name of Mary and Joseph Arimathea is another name that we can find in the Bible.
Between the 1880s and the 1930s, Joseph was one of the ten most popular names in the United States for men, and the name Joe remained in the top 40 throughout the 1880s until 2000, its use declined. Similar female names still on the chart are Joan, Joanne, Jo and Joann.
Besides being one of the most popular names, Joe is also a common term used in many English phrases. "Average Joe" and "a cup of Joe" are two phrases that have entered everyday conversations. Average Joe is a term used to refer to an average individual and 'cup of Joe' is used to refer to a cup of coffee. The saying 'cup of Joe' was coined in the 1940s, after the Secretary of the Navy, Joseph Daniels, banned alcohol. He was a proponent of replacing alcohol with coffee and he did so by increasing coffee purchases and since then his name has been associated with coffee.
It may sound surprising that an everyday name can earn a day, but when you are delighted and satisfied with the little things in life, every day becomes a memory and even a common name often can also be a reason to rejoice. National Joe's Day celebrates a popular name every day, and that makes this an unusual celebration.
Observing National Joe Day
- Change your name
Change your name for the day! Tell everyone your new name and stick with it, but choose wisely. Any form of name with Jo is used, whether it's Joe, Jo, Jodie, or even Joanne. This can be confusing for your family and friends, but keep it fun.
- Honoring people named Joe
Do you know a special Joe in your life? Honor Joe, whether they're friends, someone you already know, or a celebrity. Even if they have a name translated into another language that means Joe. For example, Yusuf is Joseph in Arabic. Tell stories about a Joe you befriend or someone who lives in your family.
- Eat or drink Joe
Why not treat yourself to a Joe (as in coffee). Some people even choose to pay in advance on National Joe's Day. Another way to celebrate is to eat the American classic Sloppy Joe and share the photos on social media.
ObservedNational Joe Day has been observed annually on March 27th.
Sunday, March 27th, 2022
Monday, March 27th, 2023
Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
Thursday, March 27th, 2025
Friday, March 27th, 2026