Origin of JocelynOld French Joscelin from Old High German Gauzelen, diminutive from Gauta, a Gothic
- (dated) A male given name.
- A patronymic surname.
- A female given name.
Middle English male given name from Old French Joscelin, German 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.
- Jocelyn is currently popular among U.S. Hispanics, and in the Philippines, by folk etymology explained as a feminine diminutive form of José (Joseph).