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 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).
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.