Joyce name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Joyce

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to 7 people from all over the world, the name Joyce is of English origin and means "Joyful".
  2. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name Joyce is of English origin and means "Joy, happiness".
  3. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Joyce means "Happy And Lord".
  4. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Joyce means "joy of god" and is of African origin.
  5. A user from Illinois, U.S. says the name Joyce means "Joy to the world".
  6. A user from Australia says the name Joyce is of Celtic origin and means "Lord from ludoc in Breton (French Celts), most common now in Ireland".
  7. A submission from Nigeria says the name Joyce means "Kind" and is of Arabic origin.
  8. A submission from Kenya says the name Joyce means "Gold" and is of English origin.
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  1. Influential Irish writer noted for his many innovations (such as stream of consciousness writing) (1882-1941)

Medieval English given name from Old French Josse, name of a seventh century saint Latinized as Jodocus, from Breton Iodoc, diminutive of iudh (“lord”), from Proto-Celtic *yowdos.

  1. An English and Irish patronymic surname​.
  2. A female given name from the Celtic languages, associated by folk etymology with joy and rejoice.

Joyce was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Joyce

Notable Persons Named Joyce

Joyce Carol Vincent

Joyce was born Joyce Carol Vincent on October 19th, 1965 in Hammersmith. She breathed her last breath in 2003.

Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour is an actress. She was most prominent from 1969 to present. Jane was given the name Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg on February 15th, 1951 in London, England.

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, literary critic, professor, and editor. She has been prominent since 1963. Joyce was born on June 16th, 1938 in Lockport, New York, U.S.

Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer is a writer. Joyce was given the name Pauline Joyce Hutchison on June 4th, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Joyce DeWitt

Joyce DeWitt is an actress. She was most active from 1972 to present. Joyce was given the name Joyce Anne DeWitt on April 23rd, 1949 in Wheeling, West Virginia. Joyce is also known as Joycey.

Judy Carne

Judy Carne was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1961 to 1961. Judy was given the name Joyce Audrey Botterill on April 27th, 1939 in Northampton, England. She died on September 3rd, 2015.

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    Minister of Foreign Affairs
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    Office Holder
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  • Joyce Murray
    Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for New Westminster

Notable Persons With the Last Name Joyce

Notable Persons With the Last Name Joyce

William Joyce

William was given the name William Brooke Joyce on April 24th, 1906 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. William is also known as Lord Haw-Haw. He breathed his last breath on January 3rd, 1946.

Elaine Joyce

Elaine Joyce is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1961. Elaine was given the name Elaine Joyce Pinchot on December 19th, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

Yootha Joyce

She was most active from 1945 to 1980. Yootha was given the name Yootha Joyce Needham on August 20th, 1927 in Wandsworth. She died on August 24th, 1980.

Barnaby Joyce

Barnaby Joyce is a Senator for Queensland, 17th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Minister for Agriculture, Water Resources, 13th Leader of theNational Party, 20th Deputy Leader of theNational Party, Leader of the National Partyin the Senate, SenatorforQueensland. His career lasted from 2016 to 2016. Barnaby was born on April 17th, 1967 in Tamworth, New South Wales.

Mike Joyce

Mike Joyce is an alternative rock and indie pop musician. He was most prominent from 1982 to present. Mike was given the name Michael Adrian Paul Joyce on June 1st, 1963.


Rumer is a pop music, easy listening, and soul music singer and songwriter. She plays Guitar and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Rumer was given the name Sarah Joyce on June 3rd, 1979 in Islamabad. Rumer is also known as Sarah Prentice, Joyce, and Sarah (birth name).


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Joyce U.S.
  White 87.83% 64.26%
  African American 7.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.69% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.22% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.92% 16.26%

Of Last Name Joyce

People with the last name Joyce are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Joyce

  • What name lists does Joyce rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Joyce? Joyce is the 125th most popular name of all time. As a last name Joyce was the 1,022nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Joyce have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 510,667 babies born with the first name Joyce in the United States. That's more than enough people named Joyce to occupy the country of Cape Verde with an estimated population of 491,875 (as of June 16, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Joyce? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Joyce first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Joyce is Saturday, December 7th, 1861.
  • What year had the most people named Joyce born? The highest recorded use of the first name Joyce was in 1942 with a total of 16,727 babies. That's a lot of babies named Joyce!
  • Random Joyce Factoid: According to the 1943 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Joyce ranks 15th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 287 babies in Oklahoma have the same name in 1943.
  • Weird things about the name Joyce: The name spelled backwards is Ecyoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Jeyoc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Joyce? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 34,132 people with the last name Joyce.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Joyce? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Joyce as their last name.
  • Joyce name meaning

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