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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.
There is 1 masculine form of Jocelyn: Joss.
Jocelyn is a very popular first name for females (#613 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jocelyn for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Jocelyn and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jazzlyn, Jessie, Jocelyn, Jocelyne, Jocelynn, Joseline, Joselyn, Joslyn, Joyce, Joycelyn and Rosalind. (2014 statistics).
Jocelyn is also pronounced similarly to Jacelyn and Joycelynn. Other suggested similar baby names are Jacalyn, Jackelyn, Jacklyn, Jaclyn, Jacolyn and Jacqlyn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jocelyn.
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