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).
Jocelyn (plural Jocelyns)
- (dated) A male given name from the Germanic languages.
- A patronymic surname.
- A female given name from the Germanic languages.
- A township in Ontario, Canada.
- Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press 2001
- Hyphenation: jo‧ce‧lyn
- a female given name