[ 3 syll. jo-ce-lyn, joc-el-yn ] The baby boy name Jocelyn is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. Its pronunciation is JHOWZ-eh-LihN †. Jocelyn is used predominantly in the English language and it is derived from Old French origins. It is derived from the element 'gaut' which means little Goths. Gautzelin (Old French), Goscelin (Old French), and Joscelin (Old French) are older forms of Jocelyn. Jocelyn or Jocelin was a predominantly male name in the medieval period. It was borne by the monk and chronicler Jocelyn de Brakelond (-1211). During its revival in the 20th century, it came to be used mainly as a female name.
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Joss (English diminutive form) is another variant of Jocelyn.
Jocelyn is unusual as a baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names. Jocelyn has mostly been a girl name in the past century.
Baby names that sound like Jocelyn include Jailani, Jaileen, Jaleen, Jalene, Jelani, Jillian, Jilliann, Jolyon, Juliaan, Julianne, Jullien, Julyin, Julyon, Gilamou, Gillian, Gylamou, Juliano, Giuliano, Jaelin, and Jaelyn.
† Pronunciation for Jocelyn: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"