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.
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. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Joy for girls. Joy reached its peak rank of #145 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is presently at #462. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Joy▲ is alike in pronunciation to Ja-, Jae, Jay, Jaya, Jaye, Je-, Jeh, Jey and Joey. Other recommended similar baby names are Jo▼, Joby, Jody▼, Joly and Josy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Joy.