Meaning: Member of the Goths
Alternate spellings: Jocelynne, Joslyn, Jocelin, Joselyn, Jocelynn
Don’t want your kid hanging out with the wrong crowd? Try another name. Jocelyn is a German name that means “member of the Goths.” Okay, not those Goths…these were a group who settled in the Roman Empire between the third and fifth centuries. Still, if names have any power, your baby girl will be dressing all in black, chain-smoking cigarettes, and listening to “industrial rock” (what is that, anyway?) by the time she’s fifteen. Maybe that image appeals to today’s parents. Jocelyn first hit the top 1,000 in 1927, stuck to the middle of the pack until the eighties, then peaked in 2007 at #50.
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Rank of Similar Names in 2008