From the Germanic
masculine name Gautselin
, which was derived from the name of a Germanic tribe, the Gauts. The Normans
brought this name to England in the form Goscelin
, and it was common until the 14th century. It was revived in the 20th century primarily as a feminine name, perhaps an adaptation of the surname Jocelyn
(a medieval derivative of the given name). In France this is a masculine name only.