What does Joss mean?
Joss \j(o)-ss\ 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.
For more information, see also the related 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.
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%, down 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)
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.