Jocelyn Name Meaning & Origin

Jocelyn

Pronunciation: JAH-sə-lin (key)

Origin of the name Jocelyn:

A transferred use of the surname derived from the French Joscelin. Joscelin is derived from the obsolete Gautzelin, which finds its root in the Germanic tribal name Gauts. Jocelyn was originally bestowed upon male children, but now it is an exclusively female name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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My name is Joslin. I was born in 1981 and have never met another person with this version. I LOVE my name and always have. It has never been mispronounced or found to be confusing.

I'm a little upset that the description from the book saying, "exclusively female name"! My husband's name is Jocelyn as well as my Uncle! It is a very very French name and can only be pronounced as such in French! My husband has a very difficult time picking baby names because he was always assumed to be a woman. So unisex names and French names that are not easily translated to English are a definite no for him! When he gives a credit card to a hotel they give it back to me, he constantly has to carry photo identification to prove it. A total stranger in a mall told him he's got a lot of guts wearing his wife's jacket (it had his name on it and the construction company he works for). And sadly it seems to be reinforced by a poorly educated book. It's such a shame! Even this website doesn't have a male Jocelyn option!

I am 76 years old and have always loved my name, Jocelyn. I was told many many years ago it was Latin, used mostly by the French. It meant child of God, sportive and just. I was given a nickname in school because the teachers had a hard time pronouncing it. I hated the nickname and have never been overly impressed with educators since that time. My mother read the name in a book, "To Have and To Hold." Lady Jocelyn

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My mom has this name & it's mispronounced a lot...Joshlyn, Joselyn & Yoslyn & even Rosland.

I'm a Jocelyn in my twenties, and I met one in her thirties. I asked her what she thought of our name, and she said: "I'm starting to get used to it." I think that sums it up.

My cousin is named Jocelyn. She's four years old and an absolute genius!
At camp there was this shy girl named Jocelyn

My Oldest Daughter is named Jocelyn. I wanted a name that would have a tomboyish nick-name. We call her Josh. I have always received complements on the name and nickname.

My younger sister's name is Jocelyn. People have always loved her name, but she's never gone by any of the nicknames. My name is Leah, which is very feminine, I think, and I think it's better to go with two different types of names, Jocelyn being more unfeminine, and Leah being more feminine.

Nicknames for Jocelyn: | Edit

Joss, Jo, Josie, Joce, Jossie, Jocie, Josh, Joshy, Joce

Meanings and history of the name Jocelyn: | Edit

As a female name, it's often a diminuative of Joyce.

Famous real-life people named Jocelyn: | Edit

Jocelyn Brown - American singer
Jocelyn Enriquez - American singer
Jocelyn Brando - American actress, sister to Marlon Brando

Jocelyn in song, story & screen: | Edit

Jocelyn, a character from A Knight's Tale
Jocelyn Fray, a character in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments book series

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