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What does Jocelyn mean?

Jocelyn Pronunciation of Jocelyn 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)


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, Jossline, Josselyn, Josselynne, Josslyn, Joycelin, Joycelyn, Jozlyn

SEE ALSO Jazzlyn, Jessie, Yoslene





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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 #194. (2018 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?

Jazzlyn (#1619 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Jessie (#656), Jocelin, Joceline, Jocelyne, Jocelynn (#1362), Josalyn, Joscelyn, Joseline, Joselyn (#953), Joslyn (#1064), Joslynn, Josselyn, Josslyn, Joyce (#947) and Joycelyn are the prominent variation forms of Jocelyn (#194) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Jocelyn were popular 88 years ago (MEDIAN #1635) and have become much less conventional since (#1576, 85.4%).

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-sounding 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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