From French Joséphine, a feminine equivalent of Joseph formed with the diminutive suffix -ine. It is now widely used in the English-speaking world. Notable bearers have included the British social reformer Josephine Butler (1828–1906) and the American-born French dancer and singer Josephine Baker (1906–75).
Italian: ethnic name for a Greek, from Italian Greco (Latin Graecus). In some cases it may have been applied as a nickname for a crafty or guileful person, for these were qualities traditionally attributed to the Greeks.