Baby Girl Names


Baby Names



A smiling nine day old newborn baby girl bundled up in a rainbow colored swaddle. She is lying on a cream colored flokati (sheepskin) rug and wearing a crown made of roses.


The baby name Jocelyn has a modern feel and falls into the trend of baby girl names that end with “lyn,” like Brooklyn, Kaitlyn, and Madelyn. But Jocelyn actually has historic roots and started out as a name for men. Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, it's been more popular than ever.

Meaning and Origin of the name Jocelyn:

After the Norman Conquest, the English adopted the name “Jocelyn” from the French male name “Joscelin.” It was the French version of saying “Gautzelin,” a name given to the people of a Germanic tribe in Northern Europe. In English, the name Jocelyn means happy or joyful.

Symbolism of the name Jocelyn:

The modern English version of the name Jocelyn is thought to symbolize happiness and joy.

Nicknames for the name Jocelyn:

Baby name Jocelyn


Style of the name Jocelyn:


Gender of the name Jocelyn:

Jocelyn is both a boy's and a girl's name, though mostly a girl's name in the 21st century

Pronunciation of the name Jocelyn:


Number of syllables in the name Jocelyn:


Emotion evoked from the name Jocelyn:

Like many names that end in “lyn” these days, Joceyln evokes the images of a sweet and feminine girl.

Alternative spellings for the name Jocelyn:

Popularity of the name Jocelyn:

According to the Social Security Administration, Jocelyn first made the list of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States during the 1920s, and it has steadily become more popular. In 2002, it broke into the top 100, and as of 2020, it's ranked at number 268.

Great middle names for Jocelyn and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Jocelyn:

  • Jocelyn (character in the movie “A Knight's Tale”)
  • Jocelyn Schitt (character on the TV show “Schitt's Creek”)
  • Jocelyn (character in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”)
  • Jocelyn (name of an opera by Benjamin Godard)
  • “Jocelyn Flores” (name of a song by rapper XXXTentacion)
To top