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Jocelyn

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English

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Etymology

Middle English male given name from Old French Joscelin, Germanic Gautzelin, diminutive of names beginning with the tribal name Gaut "a Geat, a Goth"; 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. ( Source: Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press 2001)

  • 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 noun

Singular
Jocelyn

Plural
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Jocelyn

  1. (dated) A male given name.
  2. A female given name.

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French

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Proper noun

Jocelyn

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

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