What does Joy mean?
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.
(female) Jore, Joyre, ..
(male) Jie, Jor, ..
How popular is Joy?
Joy is a very popular first name for females (#230 out of 4276, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#2607 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Joy for girls. Joy reached its peak rank of #145 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is presently at #462. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Prominent related forms of Joy (#462 last year) listed in the Top 2000 are Joye and Joi. These forms of Joy reached the apex of their popularity during 1970-1979 (average #1155) and are now significantly less widespread, with the form Joy becoming somewhat dated.
Joy▼ is alike in pronunciation to Gia▲, Ja-, Jae, Jay, Jaya, Jaye, Je-, Jeh, Jey and Joey. Other recommended names are Jo▼, Joby, Jody▼, Joly and Josy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Joy.