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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 happiness. 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.


Joy is a very popular first name for females (#230 out of 4276, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2509 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Joy for girls (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Joy name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Joy outside U.S.

Similar Names

Joy is also pronounced similarly to Ja-, Jae, Jay, Jaya, Jaye, Je-, Jeh, Jey and Joey. Other suggested similar baby names are Jo, Joby, Jody, Joly and Josy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Joy.