Meaning and Name Origin
Jocelyn \j(o)-cel-yn, joce-lyn\ as a girls' name is pronounced JOSS-lin, JOSS-sa-lyn. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Jocelyn is "a member of the German tribe, the Gauts". From an Old French masculine name brought to Britain by the Normans in the form Joscelin, which was from Gautzelin, a pet name for a member of a Germanic tribe, the Gauts, who may have been the same as the Goths. The name may have been associated with pet forms of the name Josse, which was the French form of Judoc or Jodoc, probably from Celtic "jud" meaning "chief" or "lord". Josse or Jodoc was the name of a popular saint. Jocelyn was revived in the 19th century and adopted as a feminine name, perhaps because it could be associated with names like Joyce (which also derives from Josse) combined with the -lyn ending. Josalind is a contemporary blend of Jocelyn and Rosalind. Cellist Jocelyn DuPré.
Jocelyn▲ has 44 variants: Jasolin, Jocelin, Jocelina, Jocelinda, Joceline, Jocelle, Jocelyn▲, Jocelyne▼, Jocelynn▼, Jocelynne, Joci, Jocia, Jocinta, Joclyn, Josalind, Josaline, Josalyn, Josalynn, Joscelin, Josceline, Joscelyn, Joselina, Joseline, Joselyn▼, Joselyne, Josilin, Josiline, Josilyn, Joslin, Josline, Joslyn▼, Joslyne, Joslynn, Joslynne, Joss, Jossalin, Jossalyn, Josselyn, Josselynne, Jossline, Josslyn, Joycelin, Joycelyn▼ and Jozlyn.
Jocelyn▲ has 49 more alternative forms via Joyce, Rosalind: Joice, Joyceanne, Joycelynn, Joycie, Joyous, Joyse, Joysel, Loyce▼, Ros, Rosaleen, Rosalen, Rosalin, Rosalina, Rosalinda▼, Rosalinde, Rosaline, Rosalinn, Rosalyn▼, Rosalynd, Rosalynda, Rosalynn, Rosanie, Roselin, Roselina, Roselind, Roselinda, Roselinde, Roseline, Roselinn, Roselyn▼, Roselynda, Roselynde, Rosina▼, Roslyn▼, Roslynn, Roslynne, Roz, Rozali, Rozalia, Rozalin, Rozalind, Rozalinda, Rozalynn, Rozalynne, Rozelin, Rozelind, Rozelinda, Rozelyn and Rozelynda.
Jocelyn has 1 masculine form: Joss.
Jocelyn is a very popular first name for women (#613 out of 4276, Top 14%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Jocelyn for girls. Jocelyn was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its top position of #50 in the U.S. in the year 2007, and is presently at #114. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Jocelyn and related names. Jazzlyn, Jessie (#587 the previous year), Jocelyne, Jocelynn (#971), Joseline, Joselyn (#619), Joslyn (#871), Joyce (#797), Joycelyn, Loyce, Rosalina, Rosalind, Rosalinda, Rosaline, Rosalyn (#985), Roselyn (#819), Rosina and Roslyn are the prominent variation forms of Jocelyn (#114 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 and are somewhat less popular today, with forms like Jocelynn, Joselyn, Joslyn, Rosalinda and Rosina becoming somewhat outmoded. Jocelyn (#114) is the most fashionable baby name in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)