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Jocelyn meaning and name origin
Jocelyn \j(o)-cel-yn, joce-lyn\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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, Jossline, Josselyn, Josselynne, Josslyn, Joycelin, Joycelyn and Jozlyn.
For more information, see also related names Jazzlyn, Jessie and Yoslene. Baby names that sound like Jocelyn are Jacelyn and Joycelynn.
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Popularity of Jocelyn
Jocelyn is a very popular first name for women (#613 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (1990 U.S. Census).
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