What does Jocelyn mean?
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.
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.
Jocelyn▲ has 1 more alternative form via Joyce: Joycelynn.
Jocelyn has 1 masculine form: Joss.Kreatif forms: Jecelyn, Jucelyn. [more]
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)
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 U.S. SSA Records)
Jazzlyn, Jessie (#587 from current records), Jocelyne, Jocelynn (#971), Joseline, Joselyn (#619), Joslyn (#871), Joyce (#797) and Joycelyn are the prominent variation forms of Jocelyn (#114 from current records) appearing in the Top 1000. These forms of Jocelyn were popular 7 (median #722) and are almost as common today (#795, ▼26.4%). Jocelyn is more ubiquitous than the rest, while forms such as Joslyn have become less popular.
Thinking of names?
Jocelyn▲ is pronounced similarly to Jacelyn and Jesselyn. Other suggested similar baby 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.