Gender: Female Origin of Jocasta: Greek, meaning unknown

Jocasta Origin and Meaning

The name Jocasta is a girl's name of Greek origin.

Jocasta is a mythological name fashionably used in England, but mostly ignored here. She was the mother of Oedipus, King of Thebes, whom he (oops) unwittingly married. If you can ignore that small error in judgment, you'll find an interesting and attractive J name that's neither overused nor terminally dated.

Jocasta is also a moon of Jupiter, and a Cloud Atlas character, playing in the film by Halle Berry.

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indiefendi2 Says:


a bit tarnished, but still intriguing

Anastasia Voulgari Says:


"sighs" The MEANING of the name Jokasta is a girl who is as beautiful as a violet. Not violet cloud.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Yes, but she still has a tragic story.

John Sage Says:


But Oedipus didn't know about either Jocasta or Laius being his parents. So neither of them are bad people because of that.

rie Says:


I love this name so much, it's too bad for the history behind it like Zoey said though. :( The meanings 'shining moon' or 'violet cloud' only add to its beauty!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


The meaning of this name is 'violet cloud'. With other names I can ignore the negative connections (such as Ophelia or Pandora) but this is too much. Oedipus married Jocasta (his mother), killed his father, had children with Jocasta, then ended up gouging his eyes out when he realised what he'd done. Jocasta committed suicide in madness.