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The singer Joss Stone bears this name.
-- Anonymous User  9/26/2005
Also masculine. Joss Whedon, writer, producer and director. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  11/3/2005
Joss sticks?
-- leananshae  12/18/2007
I first heard of this name from Joss Whedon. I think it's a great name for a boy or a girl.
-- closetomidnight  3/31/2008
It's an okay nickname, but a little minimalist to be the official name of a person. It actually sounds quite masculine, so it would be better to name a daughter Jocelyn and call her Joss.
-- slight night shiver  4/25/2008
English actor Joss Ackland (1928-) is a famous bearer. His full name is Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland.
-- goricar  8/16/2010
In the case of Joss Whedon, anyway, it's short for Joseph.
-- St.Germain  1/15/2013
Could be a nickname for Josephine if you pronounce it with a long O like in ocean... Just a thought :)
-- Anonymous User  3/4/2013
It strikes me as masculine upon first impression. Standard abbreviation for Joseph is Jos, but I suppose it could also be spelled Joss.
-- Anonymous User  8/17/2013
Joss Whedon's real name is, in fact, Joseph. This can be a diminutive for Joseph as well.
-- Anonymous User  8/18/2013
I haven't found anything terribly objectionable about the name/nickname Joss. It isn't striking... but it also isn't awful. I prefer it to be a diminutive, and I see it more on a male bearer.
-- Francesca  6/2/2015
This reminds me of the character "Joss McMillan" from the Chronicles of Vladimir Todd and The Slayer Chronicles, both by Heather Brewer.
-- Anonymous User  2/12/2016
I have this name. It is said that Jocelyn is the feminine name for Jesus. Also the Jocelyn's are well known for whispering in Henry VIII'ths ear and having him create the Church Of England. The ship Lord Jocelyn took most of the name bearers to the United States in the 17th & 18th centuries. I have managed to trace connections to the Featherstones and Shilson families in England & Wales. I would appreciate any other comments with further information.
-- J0SS  7/12/2016

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