Jocelyn

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Middle English male given name from Old French Joscelin, German Gautzelin, diminutive of names beginning with the tribal name Gaut (a Geat, a Goth), the root form of which probably comes from Proto-Germanic *Gautalinþiz (from *gautaz +‎ *linþaz); also used as a diminutive form of the Breton name Josse ( =Joyce). It survived as a surname and was revived as a given name in the nineteenth century.

  • Jocelyn is currently popular among U.S. Hispanics, and in the Philippines, by folk etymology explained as a feminine diminutive form of José (Joseph).

Proper nounEdit

Jocelyn (plural Jocelyns)

  1. (dated) A male given name from the Germanic languages.
  2. A patronymic surname​.
  3. A female given name from the Germanic languages.
    • 2006, Ted Freeman, Doctor in Vanuatu, Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, →ISBN, page 34:
      I drove Dorothy immediately to King George V Hospital and two hours later she delivered a beautiful baby daughter. We named her Jocelyn.
  4. A township in Ontario, Canada.

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ReferencesEdit

  • Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press 2001

CebuanoEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • Hyphenation: jo‧ce‧lyn

NounEdit

Jocelyn

  1. a female given name

FrenchEdit

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Proper nounEdit

Jocelyn f

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English Jocelyn.

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