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pinWhat does Joss mean?

Joss /joss/ [1 syll.] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Joss) is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Joss is "a member of the Germanic tribe, the Gauts".

English name that is a nickname of Jocelyn, which used to be a masculine name. Also possibly a variant of Joseph. Actor Joss Ackland.


Joss has 2 variants: Joslin and Josslin.

Affiliated boy name: Joshua.

Joss has 42 more alternative forms via Joseph: Che, Giuseppe, Giuseppino, Iosef, Iosep, Iosif, Iosip, Jessop, Jessup, Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joey, Joop, Joos, Jose, Josef, Joseito, Joselito, Josep, Josephe, Josephus, Josif, Josip, Josue, Joszef, Jozef, Osip, Pepe, Pepito, Peppi, Pino, Pipo, Sepp, Seppi, Yousef, Yusif, Yussuf, Yusuf, Yusup and Yuszef.

Kreatif forms: Jossce, Josshu. [more]

pinHow popular is Joss?

Joss is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#30229 out of 150436, Top 20%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Joss and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Joss (unlisted) are Giuseppe, Jodie, Jody, Joey (#686 in 2014), Jose (#76), Josef, Joseph (#20), Josephus, Joshua (#25), Josue (#269), Yousef (#766) and Yusuf (#589). Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4495%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3808%, 15.3%), with the forms Giuseppe, Jodie, Jody, Joey and Josef becoming somewhat dated. Joshua (#25), Josue (#269), Yousef (#766) and Yusuf (#589) are four of the more chic boy names among these, and there is also a resurgence in birth name usage for Joshua. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Giuseppe, Jodie, Jody, Joey, Jose in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Josef, Joseph, Josephus, Joshua, Josue in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Yousef, Yusuf in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Josef, Joseph, Joshua outside U.S.

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Joss is pronounced similarly to Jase and Jess. Other suggested similar baby names are Jesse, Jessy, Joash, Jock, Josh, Josia, Josua, Moss and Ross. These names tend to be more commonly used than Joss.