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What does Jocelyn mean?

Jocelyn [jo-ce-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. Cellist Jocelyn DuPré.

Associated with: britain (england), saint, 19th century, combined (blend).


Jocelyn has 43 variants: Jasolin, Jocelin, Jocelina, Jocelinda, Joceline, Jocelle, 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.

Related girl names: Jazzlyn, Jessie and Yoslene.

Jocelyn has 1 more alternative form via Joyce: Joycelynn.

Jocelyn has 1 masculine form: Joss.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Cacelyn, Jescelyn, ..

(male) Joceson, Jocevan, ..

How popular is Jocelyn?

Jocelyn is a very popular first name for women (#613 out of 4276, Top 14%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#40265 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Jocelyn for girls. Jocelyn was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its top position of #50 in the U.S. in the year 2007, and is presently at #114. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jocelyn name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jocelyn outside U.S.

Jazzlyn (#1441 from current records), Jessie (#587), Jocelin, Joceline, Jocelyne, Jocelynn (#971), Josalyn, Joscelyn, Joseline, Joselyn (#619), Joslyn (#871), Joslynn (#1602), Josselyn (#1677), Josslyn (#1603), Joyce (#797) and Joycelyn are the prominent variation forms of Jocelyn (#114 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Jocelyn were popular 84 years ago (median #1635) and have become much less conventional since (#1428, 81.1%). Jessie is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Jocelynn has gained in popularity, while forms such as Jocelyne have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jocelyn, Jazzlyn, Jessie, Jocelin, Joceline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jocelyne, Jocelynn, Josalyn, Joscelyn, Joseline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joselyn, Joslyn, Joslynn, Josselyn, Josslyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joyce, Joycelyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jessie outside U.S.

Similar Names


Jocelyn is pronounced similarly to Jacelyn and Jesselyn. Other suggested similar names are Cecelyn, Jacalin, Jacalyn, Jacalynn, Jackelyn, Jacklin, Jacklyn, Jacklynn, Jaclin, Jaclyn, Jaclynn, Jacolyn, Jacqlyn, Jacquelyn, Jaelyn, Jaklyn, Jaquelyn, Jaslyn, Jazlyn, Jerelyn, Jeslyn, Jesslyn, Jewelyn, Joelin, Joellyn, Joely, Joelynn, Jolyn, Jonalyn, Roselyn and Rozelyn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jocelyn.