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Joy meaning and name origin
Joy \joy\ as a girl's name is pronounced joy. It is of Old French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Joy is "joy". Used in the Middle Ages, and made popular in the 17th century under the influence of the Puritans, to whom being "joyful in the Lord" was an important duty. In modern times, it generally signifies the parents' joy in their new-born child, or with the intention of wishing her a happy life. Joya and Joie (zhoh-EE, z'wah) are French.
Joy has 14 variant forms: Gioia, Gioya, Jioia, jioya, Joi, Joia, Joice, Joie, Joya, Joyann, Joyanna, Joyanne, Joye and Joyelle.
Baby names that sound like Joy are Jay, Jey, Jo and Joey.
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Popularity of Joy
Joy is a very popular first name for women (#230 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2509 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Joy for girls. (2010 statistics) Compare Joy with its variant forms and related girl baby names.