If you saw/heard the name Joss, would you assume that the person was male or female?


Thoughts on the name as well?




October 18, 2017 6:56 PM

I would think male because of Joss Whedon then completely second-guess that assumption because it could easily be short for a female Jocelyn/Joceline/etc. 

It does not feel like a full name but is a perfectly good nickname.

October 19, 2017 9:59 AM

Joss Wedon is who the name brings to mind for me too. 

October 20, 2017 11:27 AM

Another Joss Whedon association here - I know intellectually that Joss can be a nickname for many names, both male and female, but if see just "Joss", my mind immediately fills in "Whedon", and thus Joss is a masculine (nick)name to me.

October 18, 2017 8:24 PM

I would guess male for sure.

By EVie
October 18, 2017 9:09 PM

I would honestly not know and would wait to confirm before making any assumptions.

I agree with Karyn--really like it as a nickname, but too unsubstantial for a stand-alone. And I'll throw out both Joseph and Josephine as alternate full name options. Joscelin can also be a masculine name (and originally was) though in today's naming climate it would be more likely to be perceived as female.

October 18, 2017 11:18 PM

Like you, I would not assume a gender. I think, as a nickname, it's very neutral. 

October 20, 2017 6:08 PM

Either,  I know a girl Jocelyn nn Joss though, its ok as a nn, not sure for a name though


October 19, 2017 9:36 AM

I wouldn't make any snap judgements. I've heard it on men, and there was that well-known female singer Joss Stone so... it could definitely go either way.

October 19, 2017 9:51 AM

Probably male, because of the name's similarity to Josh or John or a possible nickname to Joseph, Joshua, or Josiah. I like it on it's own, as well as as a nickname. However, I could easily see it on a girl, and I think it's a great name for a girl. I would probably expect a Joss to have a full name, but I could easily accept it on it's own. I think it's a smart, fresh, fun name either way and for either gender.

October 19, 2017 10:00 AM

I always hear it as a cross between Josh or John and Hoss, so it reads masculine to me (helped along by the Joss Whedon association). I wouldn't be surprised to be wrong, though; nowadays, just about anything can show up as a female name, and "short for Jocelyn" makes perfect sense.

October 19, 2017 11:31 AM

My first assumption would be male, because I am familiar with it IRL as a nickname for Joseph.  I think Joss Whedon also reinforces this association for me.  I wouldn't be surprised to see it on a girl, but I think I'd group it with names like Sam, Alex or Charlie-masculine nicknames that are used for girls.

October 19, 2017 4:01 PM

My first assumption would be female, then I'd probably second guess myself and want to check if possible. To me Joss reads as a fairly hippie-ish name, but I've never encountered it as a nickname. 

October 19, 2017 8:54 PM

Just Joss is androgynous to me. The people with the name I can think of easily are Joss Whedon, a man formally named Joseph; and Joss Stone, a woman formally named Joscelyn. I love the name Joscelyn.