Gender: Female Meaning of Jocelyn: "member of the Gauts tribe" Origin of Jocelyn: German Jocelyn's Popularity in 2019: #199

Jocelyn Origin and Meaning

The name Jocelyn is a girl's name of German origin meaning "member of the Gauts tribe".

Jocelyn has gotten new life and popularity as a result of the current passion for lyn endings. Though it was a male name in medieval times, now Jocelyn couldn't sound more softly feminine.

John Galsworthy's 1989 novel Jocelyn is part of his Forsyte Saga. Singer Joss Stone's birth name was Jocelyn.

Jocelyn would make a pretty namesake name to honor a Grandma Joyce.

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Rank in US: #199

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Obsessions Says:


Jocelyn is not related to Joycelyn, or Joyce, in any way: in meaning, in origin, etymologically, nor in pronunciation. Indeed, Jocelyn has only one Y in the last syllable LYN. The beginning syllable of the name rhymes with Ross. In Germany, France, England and Wales, where the name is common, the name has no diphthong in the first syllable either.

fearlessfirefly Says:


I knew siblings named Jocelyn and Julian.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Such a sweet name, really like it

Boy mom^3 Says:


In France, Jocelyn is a boys name and Jocelyne is the counterpart for girls. There are many French names that follow the same pattern: Michel et Michelle, Gabriel et Gabrielle...
In France, I am a woman with a traditionally male name. I like that. However, in the USA Jocelyn has only ever been a woman's name, with or without the E at the end. Some friends and relatives use Joss or Jossie as a diminutive. I greatly dislike it when ppl regularly and mistakenly call me Jaquelyn, Jackie, Joycelyn, Joy, Joyce as there is neither a Y nor K in my name. The first time I meet someone is, of course, different. 😃

I speak both English and French. I have college degrees from both an American university and French one. I have family in both countries. I hope this helps.

David Jocelyn Says:


I have been called Joss like for as long as I can remember!

David Jocelyn Says:


My grandfather was called Lynch, and his floozy was called Josie, so they named me Jocelyn, a variation of the 2.

kittylover777 Says:


Totally awesome name for girls. I don't like it much for a boy though...

headintheclouds Says:


One of the boy-turned-girl names I actually like better on a girl (besides Evelyn). It sounds clean and sharp, while also retaining a whimsical children's-book kind of feel. I also really like the fact that there are so many great viable nicknames to Jocelyn, like Joss, Josie, Joy, Joyce, etc.

peppermintkitten Says:


I love this name!

eveyalecia Says:


I agree that there should be a boy page for this name. I like it for both boys and girls, but I really like the nickname Joss for boys.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


It's originally masculine, and given the fact that it's in the top 1000 boy names over in France (spelled Jocelin), I believe it is deserving of a boy page. Having said that, I'm really starting to like this name. It's quite strong and classically distinctive for a boy, and with the adorable nickname "Joss" I think it should definitely be considered for a comeback.

eveyalecia Says:


It's primarily a male name in French-speaking cultures.

jeanniebear Says:


I think this name is beautiful~ can nick name her jocie boo~

Guest Says:


I see this get used for boys sometimes too. (and I kinda like that switch tbh)

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Alicia1 Says:


Love it!