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Gender: Female Origin of Jocasta: Greek, meaning unknown

The name Jocasta is a girl's name of Greek origin. Jocasta and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Jocasta

Jocasta Odom, contestant on Big Brother 16

Pop Culture References for the name Jocasta

Jocasta , character in the television series 'Rome'
Jocasta Grimstone, old despot in 'The Last and the First' (1971) by Ivy Compton-Burnett
'Jocasta Carr Movie Star,' children's book
Jocasta Bachelor, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Jocasta Nu, character in the Star Wars prequel trilogy
"Jocasta", song by indie band Noah and the Whale
Jocasta Cameron, character in the book series"Outlander"


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.