What does Jocelyn mean?
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. 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 masculine form: Joss.
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. 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)
Jazzlyn, Jessie (#587 the previous year), Jocelyne, Jocelynn (#971), Joseline, Joselyn (#619), Joslyn (#871), Joyce (#797), Joycelyn and Loyce 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 in 2007 (usage of 0.2521%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.1855%, down 26.4%), with forms like Jocelynn, Joselyn, Joslyn, Joycelyn and Loyce becoming somewhat outmoded. Jocelyn (#114) is the most fashionable baby name in this list. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Jocelyn and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)