National Joe Day

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You know those days when you just can't remember someone's name? Well, there is one day a year when you can call them Joe, and they can’t be mad. It's National Joe Day! Yes, you read it right. A whole day of joy and merriment, full of a sea of Joes! It's the one day of the year you can call anyone and everyone, Joe! Nothing like a holiday to remind us of the humor in everyday life.

When is Joe Day?

It's national joe day on the 27th March.

The Joe-vial History of National Joe Day

The origins of National Joe Day, like the lovable name Joe itself, are wrapped in a cozy mystery. What isn't mysterious is the internet chatter surrounding this bemusing celebration. Our diligent internet archives have detected a whopping 7619 online mentions of National Joe Day, with an amazing frequency on the 27th of March, 2020.

Why the Name Joe?

We've all come across a Joe in our lives - be it our friends, neighbors, pets, or even your beloved cup of 'joe.' Maybe that's why the name ‘Joe’ has been chosen for this hilarious holiday—it’s so relatably common! Moreover, there’s something so friendly about the name Joe, like a warm bear hug or a hearty bowl of chicken soup.

Appreciate A Joe On National Joe Day

Whether it's your buddy Joe, or you're taking a moment to appreciate your morning Joe, or even if you want to channel your inner Joe (Average or otherwise), National Joe Day is for you. Get inventive with how you celebrate! Send a loved one named Joe a fun greeting card or just randomly call everyone Joe for the day. Beware, though. The power to call anyone Joe comes with great responsibility. Use it wisely!


So there you go, a quick history of why every 27th of March sees a sudden spike in the usage of the name Joe. It’s an absolutely Joe-vial day, chock full of fun!

History behind the term 'Joe'


The emergence of 'joe' as a slang term

In the year 1846, the term 'joe' started to gain popularity as a slang term in American English. Originally, it was used as a generic term to refer to an ordinary or average person, similar to terms like 'guy' or 'dude' today. 'Joe' became synonymous with 'regular guy' and was often used in a friendly and informal manner.


The rise of 'Joe' as a term for coffee

Around the year 1913, the term 'joe' took on a new meaning in American culture. It became a slang term specifically used to refer to coffee. The exact origin of this association is unclear, but it is believed to have originated from the common practice of calling soldiers 'GI Joes' during World War I. As soldiers heavily relied on coffee to keep them alert, 'joe' became synonymous with the beverage.


Popularization of 'cup of joe'

During the 1930s, the term 'cup of joe' started to surface as a widely used phrase to refer to a cup of coffee. It is speculated that the term was derived from the fact that 'joe' was already used as a slang term for coffee, and combining it with 'cup' created a catchy and rhyming phrase. 'Cup of joe' became a popular expression among coffee lovers and gradually entered mainstream language.


'A Cup of Joe' National Day

In 2004, 'A Cup of Joe' National Day was established to celebrate the beloved beverage and its association with the term 'joe'. Observed on September 29th each year, this national day encourages people to enjoy a cup of joe, whether it be their favorite brewed coffee or a speciality blend. It serves as a reminder of the rich history and cultural significance of coffee, often referred to affectionately as 'joe'.

Did you know?

Did you know that Joe is derived from the Hebrew name Joseph, which means 'He will add'?! So, on National Joe Day, we're helping 'add' laughter and joy!


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First identified

26th March 2015

Most mentioned on

27th March 2020

Total mentions


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