Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Jocelyn

Jocelyn was brought to England by way of the Norman Conquest in the 11th century. The name finds its roots in an Old French masculine personal name, Joscelin. Joscelin was essentially the French way of saying Gautzelin – the name ascribed to the people of an ancient Germanic tribe who dwelled in southern Sweden and Northern Europe. They originated from what is still the Swedish province of Götaland, and the Gauts/Geats (as they are also known) are the same folks who populate the pages of “Beowulf”, a heroic epic poem written in Olde English (considered one of the most vital pieces of Anglo-Saxon literature, and certainly the oldest surviving). The etymology of the word Gaut/Geat is derived from the Old Germanic “geutan” (Gautar in Old Norse) meaning “to pour, flowing water” (apropos since water was essential to the survival of these ancient Scandinavian tribes). Joscelin, and later Jocelyn, were quite common masculine names during the Middle Ages. The application shift to females did not happen until hundreds of years later in the 20th century. Today the name is considered almost exclusively female and is a Top 100 choice for American baby girls.

All About the Baby Name – Jocelyn

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME JOCELYN

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME JOCELYN

Jocelyn debuted on the United States popularity charts for the first time in 1927. The name’s usage for girls was very low to moderate for the first few decades, but then it really started to take-off in the 1960s. After almost 75 years of usage, Jocelyn finally achieved a hard-won spot on America’s Top 100 list in 2002. Her peak popularity came in 2007 when the name became the 50th most favorite nationwide. Today, Jocelyn is on a modest downward trend but is still a top choice for baby girls. In fact, more recently, spelling variations have emerged providing further testament to the name’s staying power. Medieval and masculine in its origins, Jocelyn has transformed into a modern female beauty.

Quick Facts

ON JOCELYN

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

99

PRONUNCIATION:

JAH-sә-lin or JOSS-lin

SIMPLE MEANING:

To pour, flowing water

Characteristics

OF JOCELYN

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Jocelyn

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME JOCELYN

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Popular Songs

ON JOCELYN

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Famous People

NAMED JOCELYN

Jocelyn Eve Stoker (aka Joss Stone, musician)

Children of Famous People

NAMED JOCELYN

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME JOCELYN

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