Genealogy: Have a Joshua in Your Family Tree? Or the Last Name O’Shea?


Secret GenealogyJoshua is a Hebrew name meaning, “the Lord is salvation.” Joshua assisted Moses in the wilderness and took over as the leader of the Israelites when Moses died. Joshua acted as a spy for the Israelites and showed great leadership during the crossing of the River Jordan. Joshua was also a military man who led the Israelite Tribes to Canaan, the “Promised Land.” Also pronounced Jehoshua, Jehoshuah and Oshea.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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