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101k
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658
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in 2010

Jocelyn

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How popular is the baby name Jocelyn in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1900 6 6 0
1910 5 5 0
1911 5 5 0
1912 8 8 0
1913 9 9 0
1914 10 10 0
1915 11 11 0
1916 24 24 0
1917 27 27 0
1918 20 20 0
1919 23 23 0
1920 25 25 0
1921 33 33 0
1922 24 24 0
1923 46 46 0
1924 44 44 0
1925 48 48 0
1926 45 45 0
1927 63 63 0
1928 64 64 0
1929 80 80 0
1930 67 67 0
1931 85 85 0
1932 62 62 0
1933 63 63 0
1934 75 75 0
1935 51 51 0
1936 72 72 0
1937 50 50 0
1938 44 44 0
1939 73 73 0
1940 56 56 0
1941 60 60 0
1942 62 62 0
1943 73 73 0
1944 47 47 0
1945 72 72 0
1946 69 69 0
1947 72 72 0
1948 79 79 0
1949 97 97 0
1950 137 137 0
1951 274 274 0
1952 257 257 0
1953 308 308 0
1954 303 303 0
1955 383 383 0
1956 403 403 0
1957 352 352 0
1958 306 306 0
1959 241 241 0
1960 228 228 0
1961 223 223 0
1962 222 222 0
1963 266 266 0
1964 262 262 0
1965 292 292 0
1966 297 297 0
1967 260 260 0
1968 324 324 0
1969 392 392 0
1970 414 414 0
1971 396 396 0
1972 351 351 0
1973 356 356 0
1974 389 389 0
1975 406 401 5
1976 424 424 0
1977 945 938 7
1978 835 828 7
1979 733 720 13
1980 766 761 5
1981 816 809 7
1982 751 740 11
1983 727 721 6
1984 876 870 6
1985 880 870 10
1986 858 851 7
1987 986 979 7
1988 1,117 1,102 15
1989 1,096 1,080 16
1990 1,325 1,317 8
1991 1,365 1,355 10
1992 1,858 1,842 16
1993 1,948 1,926 22
1994 2,069 2,058 11
1995 2,205 2,192 13
1996 2,517 2,508 9
1997 2,630 2,620 10
1998 2,593 2,581 12
1999 2,489 2,477 12
2000 2,754 2,744 10
2001 2,833 2,827 6
2002 3,527 3,521 6 #92 girl name
2003 3,722 3,716 6 #87 girl name
2004 3,758 3,742 16 #85 girl name
2005 3,696 3,680 16 #87 girl name
2006 4,373 4,367 6 #73 girl name
2007 5,301 5,290 11 #50 girl name
2008 4,374 4,366 8 #67 girl name
2009 4,120 4,110 10 #71 girl name
2010 3,982 3,982 0 #65 girl name
2011 3,728 3,728 0 #70 girl name
2012 3,230 3,225 5 #93 girl name
2013 3,144 3,144 0 #99 girl name
2014 2,750 2,750 0
2015 2,441 2,441 0

Fun Facts about the name Jocelyn

  • How many people with the first name Jocelyn have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 100,533 babies born with the first name Jocelyn in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jocelyn to occupy the territory of Jersey (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 97,857 (as of March 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jocelyn? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1900 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Jocelyn first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jocelyn is Monday, November 17th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Jocelyn born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jocelyn was in 2007 with a total of 5,290 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jocelyn!
  • Random Jocelyn Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jocelyn ranks 101st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 28 babies in Connecticut have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Jocelyn: Your name in reverse order is Nylecoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Olcnjye. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jocelyn? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 658 people with the last name Jocelyn.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jocelyn? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jocelyn as their last name since less than 1 person in 455k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jocelyn U.S.
  White 40.58% 64.26%
  African American 48.78% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.82% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 8.05% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jocelyn

People with the last name Jocelyn are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Jocelyn" mean? The list below shows the origins of Jocelyn as well as things modernly associated with the name Jocelyn such as celebrities named Jocelyn.

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Origin and Meaning of Jocelyn

The name "Jocelyn" is of English origin, and it means "Little Goth". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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; 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).
  1. (dated) A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.
  3. A female given name.

Jocelyn was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons With the Name Jocelyn

Jocelyn Wildenstein

Jocelyn Wildenstein is a socialite. Jocelyn was given the name Jocelyne Périsset on August 5th, 1940 in Lausanne.

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Jocelyn Towne

Jocelyn Towne is an actor, producer, director, film producer, and film director. She has had major accomplishments since 2000. Jocelyn was born on August 8th, 1976 in Nevada City, California.

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Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan is an actress and actor. Kathleen was given the name Jocelyn Schrum on September 27th, 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Kathleen is also known as Schrum and Jocelyn (birth name).

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Dame Barbara Hepworth

Dame Barbara Hepworth was an artist. Dame was given the name Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth on January 10th, 1903 in Wakefield. She breathed her last breath on May 20th, 1975.

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Jocelyn Brown

Jocelyn Brown is an acid jazz, contemporary r&b, funk, soul music, nu jazz, dance music, and house music singing. She plays Piano and Vocals. She has been prominent since 1976. Jocelyn was given the name Jocelyn Lorette Brown on November 25th, 1950.

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Jocelyn Brando

Jocelyn Brando was a famed somebody. Her career lasted from 1942 to 1983. Jocelyn was born on November 18th, 1919 in San Francisco. She passed away on November 27th, 2005.

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  • Jocelyn Gourvennec
    (soccer player)
  • Jocelyn Moorhouse
    (film director)
  • Jocelyn Burdick
    (office holder)
  • Jocelyn Thibault
    (soccer player)
  • Jocelyn Quivrin
    (influential somebody)
  • Jocelyn Rae
    (important person)
  • Jocelyn Davies
    (National Assembly for WalesWelsh)
  • Jocelyn Herbert
    (stage designer)
  • Jocelyn Blanchard
    (soccer player)
  • Jocelyn Roux
    (soccer player)
  • Jocelyn Delecour
    (leading somebody)
  • Jocelyn Wang
    (influential somebody)
  • Jocelyn Alizart
    (noteworthy human)
  • Jocelyn Vollmar
    (noteworthy human)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Jocelyn

Nathaniel Jocelyn

Nathaniel Jocelyn is a painter.

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Robert Jocelyn, Viscount Jocelyn

Robert Jocelyn, Viscount Jocelyn was a notable individual. Robert was born on February 20th, 1816. He passed away on August 12th, 1854.

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Robert Jocelyn, 1st Viscount Jocelyn

Robert Jocelyn, 1st Viscount Jocelyn was an influential individual. He passed away in 1756.

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Matthew Jocelyn

Matthew Jocelyn is a famed person. Matthew was born in 1958.

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Simeon Jocelyn

Simeon Jocelyn is an important human.

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Juliana Jocelyn

Juliana Jocelyn is a Minister for Women, Children's Affairs, and List of Mills government ministers. Juliana was born on June 15th, 1950 in Koforidua.

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What does the name Jocelyn mean?

Jis for jolly, the fun side!

Ois for optimistic, look at the bright side!

Cis for confident, no doubts here!

Eis for expert, in your chosen career

Lis for lofty, your ambitions are high!

Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

Nis for novel, don't get too complicated!

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