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Jocelyn - spelling and how to pronounce, especially for a nickname!

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catcuddle Tue 04-Aug-15 16:02:44

So, high on our list for imminent baby is Jocelyn, particularly loved by my husband. But I have always said that I want a name that only has one spelling and one way that everyone assumes it’s pronounced (unlike my own!), and same goes for the nickname.

I would pronounce it Joss-eh-linn and think nickname would sound like Joss-ee. So I wondered whether anyone would pronounce/spell Jocelyn differently, and especially I can’t see how to spell the nickname so it doesn’t sound like joe-sie ! Any current/DD Jocelyns have any other nicknames?! Thanks!

SilverNightFairy Tue 04-Aug-15 16:07:27

The Jocelyn I know,pronounces her name JossLynn. Her NN is Joss.

AuntieStella Tue 04-Aug-15 16:09:04

I'd pronounce it 'joss-linn"

(and I read enough period literature that I'd expect a boy, not a girl)

wigglesrock Tue 04-Aug-15 16:12:33

I'd assume at first your baby was a boy. I know a Jocelyn in his 80s. I pronounce it Josslin and he goes by Joss most of the time.

Sophronia Tue 04-Aug-15 17:32:52

The only Jocelyn I know is male (but he spells it Joscelin). I've also seen Jocelin as a spelling.

Joss-ee as a nn could be spelled Jossie or Jossy.

Sophronia Tue 04-Aug-15 17:33:42

Oh and I'd pronounce it joss-uh-linn.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Tue 04-Aug-15 17:53:09

I thought the only way to pronounce it was Joss-a-lin,

CakeRattleandRoll Tue 04-Aug-15 17:53:18

The only Jocelyn I know pronounces her name JOSS-lin. Nickname Joss.

Branleuse Tue 04-Aug-15 17:53:26

I know a Jocelyn, nicknamed Joss.

catcuddle Tue 04-Aug-15 18:49:34

Thanks everyone, food for thought!

BreeVDKamp Tue 04-Aug-15 19:37:37

I have a 10 week old Jos! Amazing name. He is a he though, a Joseph. I don't think you need to change the spelling of Jocelyn to accommodate Joss/Jossy as nickname. Joss is a pretty well known shortening of Jocelyn I think?

I pronounce it jos-uh-lin.

SmugairleRoin Tue 04-Aug-15 20:07:29

Joss-eh-lin, I think. I'm only familiar with the name through a drag queen on rupauls drag race (was their stage name). Don't let that put you off though op, she was a very lovely drag queen grin

squoosh Tue 04-Aug-15 20:47:51

Jossy's Giants!

BikeRunSki Tue 04-Aug-15 20:51:58

Joss uh Lin

I was going to mention Jossy's Giants!

Nn Jos, like Jos Ackland. Only ever come across Jocelyn and a male name.,

lunar1 Tue 04-Aug-15 20:56:03

I always thought it was a girls name, luckily ds2 saw me wrapping the Disney princess jumper for his party and said his friend wouldn't like it!

SanityClause Tue 04-Aug-15 20:57:36

This is my sister's name, although she goes by her middle name.

We pronounce it Joss-Lynn.

SanityClause Tue 04-Aug-15 20:58:09

(Emphasis on the first syllable.)

reuset Tue 04-Aug-15 21:20:53

Joss linn here.

I quite like it, for a boy or girl. You don't need to change the spelling

Though it reminds me of Jos Sedley (Vanity Fair), but he was a Joseph I'm sure

twinjocks Tue 04-Aug-15 21:53:03

I have two friends, both female, called Jocelyn. Pronounced with a very very quick and slight "eh" sound. So JOSS-eh-LYNN.

JollyGolightly Tue 04-Aug-15 21:58:40

This is my name! But I am known as Jo.

Junosmum Tue 04-Aug-15 23:14:13

Joss uh Lyn. Joss stone for example.

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