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What does Joss mean?

Joss Pronunciation of Joss [joss] 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.

21 more alternative forms via Joseph: Iosef, Iosep, Iosif, Iosip, Jessop, Jessup, Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joey, Joop, Joos, Jose, Josef, Josep, Josif, Josip, Josue, Joszef and Jozef.

Creative forms:
(male) Joess, Jonss, ..

(female) Josa, Jossa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Joss Marcellus (J.M.), ..

How 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)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Joss (unlisted) are Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joey (#758 in 2015), Jose (#80), Josef (#1703), Joseph (#21), Joshua (#33) and Josue (#271). Adoption of these forms of Joss was well-received among parents during the years 1980-1989 (median #792) and has become significantly diminished since (#1086, 66%), with forms like Joshua becoming less trendy. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Jody, Joey in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jose, Josef, Joseph, Joshua, Josue in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Joss is pronounced similarly to Jace, Jase, Jazz and Jess. Other suggested similar names are Amoss, Cass, Guss, Jens, Jesse, Jessy, Jesus, Joab, Joao, Joash, Job, Jobe, Joby, Jock, Joe, Joed, Joel, John, Jon, Jona, Jonas, Jones, Jonn, Joost, Jorg, Jori, Joris, Jorn, Jory, Josh, Josia, Josias, Josua, Jove, Jovi, Just, Kass, Moss, Ross and Russ. These names tend to be more commonly used than Joss.

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