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I love my name, it is so cool.
jocelyn  2/24/2005
It is a beautiful name, the name of a true warrior.
HotChick  5/12/2005
According to the Dictionary of First Names, when Jocelyn entered English the spelling was changed because Joscelin was taken as a double diminuative (with the Old French suffixes '-el' and '-in') of Josce (Joyce).
nafer1  5/18/2005
Could it be associated with the Gaelic descriptive surname Joyce/Seoige (from the Welsh word, "sais", meaning Saxon or English), with the diminutive -lin on the end?
― Anonymous User  6/24/2005
Pronounced JOSS-a-lin.
ditchvictory  8/29/2005
This is such a pretty name! I always have loved it. It is soft sounding and elegant yet tomboyish.
namesrkewl  11/14/2005
I strongly dislike this name. A certain person I know has that name, and I hate them. Therefore it sticks to me that Jocelyn is a mean and selfish name. Just my personal opinion, don't judge me by it. ;)
― Anonymous User  1/27/2006
Don't ever name a boy "Jocelyn". It's a lovely girl name, but NOT for boys. (My impression)
Dahlis  2/2/2006
I also love my name, I found it difficult as a child having an unusual name but now I love having a different name. I hate it shortened to Joss though, I think it's rude to shorten such a beautiful name.
jocelynjbj  3/7/2006
?! A boy's name? Jocelyn sounds so much like a girl's name. Apologies to any males with this name.
kittyjones  3/30/2006
Another possible spelling is Josselin, which is the name of a medieval town in France. I think it would be a nice alternate spelling to a pretty name.
visitor27  4/7/2006
My best friend's name is Jocelyn. But it's spelled with two N's, like so: Jocelynn. This is the closest I could find. She said her name means god's gift or something like that.
roxyblues  4/21/2006
This is one of my all time favorite names. It is such a cheerful name and very beautiful.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I really like the name Jocelyn, and I especially love the great nicknames that come from it, such as Josie or Joss.
n1c0lette  12/22/2006
So pretty!
Jasmine  3/1/2007
A famous bearer is British singer Joss Stone, her real name is Joscelyn Stoker.
Maggie_Simpson  3/5/2007
Jocelyn was the name of the female lead in "A Knights Tale".
LGS  3/18/2007
This is my name. The way some people pronounce it can be quite comical. Jozee-lyn and Jawz-lyn are just some of the few. For a girl it's supposed to be spelt with an e on the end, but if you're about to name your daughter this, leave the e out because people will just pronounce it Joss-lyn-ee. All the other spellings are incorrect and look dumb in my opinion. It's like spelling names that end with y with an i. And shortening it is stupid. That's just my take.
― Anonymous User  3/27/2007
I really like this name. It sounds cool! I also like the spelling Jocelynn, just because I like weird spellings of names.
Mango  5/30/2007
Lady Jocelyn (as played by Shannyn Sossamon) was the romantic interest of William Thatcher (Heath Ledger) in the movie "A Knight's Tale".
― Anonymous User  8/26/2007
I'm told that a male variation of the name is Joslen.
Yubi Shines  10/13/2007
I love my name. I didn't like it much when I was younger because people always said it wrong but now I like the uniqueness of it. My name has an extra 'n' on the end which makes it even more unique.
Jocelynn  10/15/2007
In the film 'a Knight's Tale' Jocelyn was the girl all the knights were jousting over.
Polly.C  10/23/2007
I actually really like Jocelyn for a boy, especially with the nickname "Joss". There's just something very fresh and spunky about it.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2007
I really like my name, Jocelyn. It sounds beautiful and unique. But sometimes people don't know how to spell my name or even they can't pronounce it. I don't like people who spell my name as Joselin, Joslin, ... Once a lady just spelled it as Jazzlyn, it was very creative lol.
― Anonymous User  12/19/2007
Jocelyn Warner is a social worker and is included in the new book In Their Shoes by the author Deborah Reber.
Patricia Underwood  3/7/2008
This isn't one of my favorite names, but the nickname Joss is kind of cool. It's so wonderfully non-girly for a female without sounding ridiculously masculine. Plus, the woman will have a feminine full name to use when she wants to be taken seriously. The nickname Joss sounds good for boys, but this name is definitely feminine, and if you like the name, you should just name the guy Joss, not Jocelyn. This is definitely a better and classier name than monstrosities like Jazlyn.
slight night shiver  6/10/2008
It's a very good, strong name, with a lovely ring to it! I have a friend with that name.
Rhubarbella  6/10/2008
I'm from England and have a daughter, aged 4, who is the only Jocelyn I know. I'm intrigued the name is so popular in America. How is the name perceived over there? It is posh, common, fun, serious etc?
CharlieB72  7/7/2008
Jocelyn is the medieval English name that means joy!
― Anonymous User  7/24/2008
A famous bearer was Jocelyn Victor Hay, the 22nd Earl of Erroll who was famously shot dead on a lonely Kenyan road in 1941 while with his lover Diana Broughton. No one was ever convicted of his murder though the evidence pointed towards Diana’s husband.
littlescarlett  7/25/2008
Sir Jocelyn Stevens (male) is a well-known English public figure.
Dr Jocelyn Scutt (female) is a well-known jurist and feminist in Australia.
Jonquil  9/1/2008
The names Jaslyn and Jazlyn are the combination of Jasmine and Jocelyn. This name is English with the meaning of Joyful.

Yes this is a made up name. But all names were made up at one point in time. I find this name beautiful. I also love the names Jasmine and Jocelyn. So to find a name with the combination of both those names is really awesome. Very pretty and very joyful type of name haha lol! But even though it is a made up name it still has a strong history based on the two names it developed from. Because Jasmine and Jocelyn have much history to those names as well.

So to summarize basically, I love this name. :) I prefer the Jaslyn spelling over the Jazlyn spelling. It is weird what one little letter can do to a name. The z in Jazlyn makes it look trendy and kre8tive. However, the s in Jaslyn makes it seem so pretty and sweet.
― Anonymous User  9/11/2008
This is a very lovely name, but due to a bad association I had with a girl named Jocelyn, I always cringe when I hear the name. I can't help but get annoyed. It just bugs me.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2008
I read somewhere it means goth. No joke. I think really it did at one time. Weird, huh?
― Anonymous User  11/19/2008
The sound of this name bothers me. I think the JAWS part is what does it. I don't like this name.
emmiix3  3/20/2009
Growing up, I somewhat despised my name. It was so different – and, to make matters worse, people always pronounced it Jacqueline, something almost comical nowadays. However, now that I don’t wish I had a name like “everyone else’s” I wouldn’t want any other name. Jocelyn is a truly unique and beautiful name and I wouldn’t ask for any other.
It's classy and cool at the same time!

Also, people were wondering, Josselin is the masculine, French spelling of Jocelyn.
peoplecallmeJocelyn  2/1/2010
I think this name is a lot better for a boy. Very handsome and sweet sounding. If it's for a girl I prefer the Joceline spelling.
Antique_Cherub  6/19/2010
This is my daughter's name. It is pronounced like JOSS-a-lyn but many people seem to be unable to pronounce it correctly. We get a lot of JAWS-a-lyn and the dreaded JOSH-a-lyn. Still, it's a beautiful name.
― Anonymous User  10/14/2010
I've met my fair share of Jocelyns and even a few Jocelines but I've never once heard it pronounced JAWS-lin, but always JAHS-lin, like "jostle". [noted -ed]
Clytemnestra  12/18/2010
A hideous, hideous name in pronunciation and written word. It simply screams bratty southern pageant-baby (certainly not the definition of brains), it sounds uneducated, unprofessional, made-up, and ugly. Harsh? Perhaps. I beg of you, bestow your children names that will aid their future, that will not taint their chances if success, and one that they themselves will fall in love with-- thanking you.
Francesca  5/7/2011
I can't really put my finger on it, but there's something about this name that I don't like.
Christina Rose  5/8/2011
Seems trendy to me. Not my favorite.
Joy12  5/12/2011
I love the name Jocelyn. It's my second favorite girl's name. It's spunky, fun, elegant, and it's got that southern belle feeling to it. It's also easy to pronounce in other languages.

This is my friend's little sister's name. She's hilarious. She's 4 and she walks around going, "GIRLLLL, uh-uh!" Haha it seems bratty when you type it, but it isn't (:
LittleSamGirl  8/10/2011
My name is Joslyn, I've only ever met one other spelled the way mine is, though I think it's the most simple and obvious way of spelling it. Jocelyn usually wins out. Growing up I didn't think as much about my name til I realized how uncommon it is. I'm very happy to have such a beautiful name and I think it's a nice balance of not too common but not crazy and over the top. Yes, its mispronounced (Josh-lyn, Jaws-lyn) which has never really bothered me as much as the friends I am with that defend the name to those that mispronounce... and I've been called Joss, Jaws and Jossie as nicknames (all are fun)... but most importantly I love to see people's reaction when they are hearing it for the first time and smile. I'll never forget my future husband telling me what a beautiful name it is when we were first introduced. The name is slightly growing in popularity, I see it in a lot of movies (Rumor Has It, A Knights Tale, What a Girl Wants, Jane Austen Book Club, etc) but I'm glad it's not becoming too popular; I don't want it to become an overused name like so many others, it would lose the "specialness" it brings to those that have it. For those on this board that don't like the name: Thank you for keeping my name special. For those that love it: don't get too caught up in spellings people are going to mispronounce and misspell anyways! :) Pick what you like best when you give such a special name to your special daughter (or son... that is kinda weird but apparently a few of you like it)!
JOSLYN  9/8/2011
This is my name, and very few people say it correctly right off the bat, even if I say it slowly to them. I've heard Jacklyn, Joslin, Joshlin, and all sorts of other weird ones. I love the name, I think it's very pretty and elegant, but I have to go by Jay just so people can address me, so I rarely ever get to use it.
Also, I think a guy with this name would be teased for it. It definitely sounds feminine to me.
Jstar1223  7/11/2012
I must admit when I was younger I struggled with the uniqueness of the name, but as an adult, I have come to appreciate its orginality and elegance. My mother, who is a psychologist, thought long and hard before she named me and I have gotten nothing but positive responses. I, myself, am an attorney and the people in my circles have no issues with pronunciation. I wholeheartedly disagree that the name is "hideous" or "trendy". It's classy and understated, far from "uneducated", obviously, and and above all... It suits me :)
DivaEsq  9/22/2012
A derivation from *Gautselin is inaccurate—the name was formed in the late Frankish period from Gois-/Gaus-, the Latinized and West Frankish derivative of Gaut in onomastic use (compare Cos- from Gaut- in Lombard names) and the Romance diminutive suffixes -el and -inus. It is then a Frankish/OF diminitive based on names such as Goisfridus (Geoffrey), Goisbertus, Goismerus etc., rather than an ancient Germanic name based directly on Gaut. Further Gauselin and the Gauselm (Germanic Gaut-helm) and their derivatives are frequently confused in the recorded texts, Goiselmus for Goiselinus and vice versa. [noted -ed]
thegriffon  11/30/2012
There is a web series called Jake and Amir that has a skit in it that is called "Ace and Jocelyn: Astronaut Accountants" in it. Every time I meet a Jocelyn, it's the first thing I think of...

"Ace and Jocelyn, Ace and Jocelyn, from SPACE and Jocelyn! Astronaut accountants and their coming at your FACE! If you love that **** say, 'Na, na, na na na na..."
― Anonymous User  1/30/2013
Sorry, but I don't really like this name. Not sure why, I guess it just reminds me of the word jostle. I prefer Jacqueline.
― Anonymous User  2/3/2013
Jocelyn Angloma (b. 1965) is a French-Guadeloupean soccer player. He played for France from 1990 to 1996 and for Guadeloupe from 2006 to 2007.
GoodNightingale  9/13/2013
I love the name Jocelyn for a boy or a girl. I also love the idea of using Joss as a nickname.
GoodNightingale  9/14/2013
Jocelyn (and its spelling variations) is one of those names that when I look at it, it makes me feel like I have a headache brewing. I don't think I can accurately describe why I dislike this name so much. The pronunciation is unattractive, the written name is unpleasant, it looks infantile, somewhat made up, monotonous and stale.
Francesca  10/8/2013
My name is Jocelyn and it's awesome. Francesca needs to chill the heck out.
― Anonymous User  6/10/2015
My name is Joscelyne. Mine is the oddest (and prettiest looking) version of the name I've ever seen. I mostly go by Joss, however, to make things less complicated. I really love my name but I would never give it to anyone. The English language is hard enough as it is, without having to worry about your own name having 50 different spellings. When I was itty-bitty I could not spell my own damn name because people kept telling me I was "spelling it wrong"
It's a beautiful name, but it is not worth the trouble it gives you as a kid.
Also I hear people butcher it nine ways to sunday. I've heard JAWS-a-lynee and JOSH-a-lyn and one time (a high-school sub teacher) said it JAW-see-LINE-y. How do you even get it that wrong?! Once again, beautiful name, impossible to deal with.
But here's the fun part. If you are ever bored, have people around you try to spell it. My own brother writes Jose on all my b-day cards. It's funny seeing people get all flustered because they can't spell it.
One time we used "Spell Joscelyne" as a party game when I was like 8 and the winner got a bunch of candy.
jossskinner  4/14/2014
From looking at the spelling, I can see how this name would be butchered. I mean my name (which is not Jocelyn) isn't hard to pronounce at all and people still get it wrong. I really love this name. It's so pretty and it seems like a name that ages well.
blueeyesparkle  11/4/2014
My daughter is Jocelyn Leeann. It sounds like a princess to me; in fact, it was the princess in a knights tale. Her nickname is Josie. Josie was Drew Barrymore's character in never been kissed. They called her Josie Grossie in high school haha. I don't think that will be an issue when my daughter starts school though. Dad's name is Joshua. Joshua and Jocelyn are a little too similar but they go by Josh and Josie most times to avoid confusion. I'll have to name the next kid after me.
sramire1  11/11/2014
My 2 year old daughter is Jocelyn. I loved her name after watching the movie A Knights Tale. I do understand people saying it wrong all the time. We constantly hear Josh-uh-lyn or Josh-lyn all the time. I say Joss-lyn JOSS. And yet people do not get it.
mom2roandjo  11/13/2014
I think the name is intriguing. It requires the brain and the tongue to work harmoniously. It's not a haughty, snobbish or shrewish name. So yeah, Jocelyn is a great name :)
DivaEsq  11/24/2014
I love my name so much but mine is spelled like this - Josalyn, and I love how different it is from all the other names.
― Anonymous User  3/18/2015
It can have a cute nickname like Jocie.
Antonio432  3/23/2015
This is the name of a township in Canda, north of Drummond Island, Michigan. I saw it on a map and I instantly fell in love.
al84  9/24/2015
I have always pronounced this name like Jose-Lin (like Joseph) and I think it's very pretty that way.
― Anonymous User  1/8/2016
My name is Jocelyn. I like the uniqueness, but I hate having to repeat how to say it or the spelling.
jocelynxclaire  3/16/2016
Amanda Berry's daughter.
Eileen1209864  5/4/2016
I'm starting to really like this name a lot!
DundiculutNicholas  2/16/2017
Jocelyn Wildenstein is a New York City socialite known for extensive facial surgeries, her divorce from late billionaire businessman Alec Wildenstein in 1999, and for her extravagant lifestyle — she once calculated her yearly telephone bill at $60, 000 and food and wine costs at $547, 000.
cutenose  2/27/2017
My family comes from a French Huguenot background - people who settled mostly in Maine and New England in the early 1700's or before. There were a long line of Josselyns, including at least four Henry Josselyns, and a Henry Josselyn Taylor, my grandmother's maternal grandfather.

Normally, in our family, and in that region and time, girl children were given family surnames as middle names. But my grandmother decided to make "Jocelyn" a first name, because she thought it was pretty, and in honor of her grandfather. My grandmother had never heard it used as a first name before, except in Chaucer, and she and her husband changed to that spelling because they thought "Jocelyn" sounded more like a girl than "Josselyn," and that having a unique name made the daughter "modern." (Jocelyn's sister, my mother, is Phebe - also an alternate spelling).

My aunt Jocelyn was born in 1916 in New Bedford, Mass. Sometime after that, a woman who worked for my grandmother named a daughter Jocelyn as well, as she also thought it was pretty, and supposedly a friend of that woman's also took the name. My grandmother believed all the rest of the modern Jocelyns - at least in the Northeast - stemmed from my aunt!
cindyb  4/9/2017
Actually, names which end with -n were just for boys long time ago, the feminine forms would have added an "e" or a "ne" after them.
Lucipur  7/21/2017
Jocelyn Wang is an actress, former news anchorwoman and TV hostess in the Republic of China. She is best known for her role as the lead anchor for TVBS-NEWS in the evening. Since November 2005, she has phased out her involvement in the mass media to focus on a career in show business.
lilolaf  7/22/2017
I know a girl called Josalyn and a girl called Jocelyn. I think Josalyn would be pronounced like Jos-UH-lyn and Jocelyn would be pronounced Jos-lyn.
Livisnotonfire  11/18/2017
It's a pretty name.
Josiebirdpretty  2/8/2018
Love it. Will not change it. Everyone has their opinion. Not a typical Filipina girl's name. My mother said it was in the calendar on the date of my birth. My kids enjoy my name because they believe there can only be one Jocelyn... their Mom. Love it.  4/2/2018

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