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What does Jocelyn mean?

Jocelyn Pronunciation of 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: old, 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.

1 more alternative form via Joyce: Joycelynn.

1 masculine form: Joss.

Creative forms:
(female) Jelyn, Jorlyn, ..

(male) Joceson, Jocevan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jocelyn Anneliese (J.A.), ..

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)

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 #133. (2015 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.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Jazzlyn (#1397 from current records), Jessie (#617), Jocelin, Joceline, Jocelyne, Jocelynn (#994), Josalyn, Joscelyn, Joseline, Joselyn (#684), Joslyn (#862), Joslynn (#1772), Josselyn (#1991), Josslyn (#1744), Joyce (#838) and Joycelyn are the prominent variation forms of Jocelyn (#133 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Jocelyn were popular 85 years ago (median #1635) and have become much less conventional since (#1472, 82.8%). Jessie is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Joslyn 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.

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