What does Joyce mean?
Joyce [joyce] as a girls' name is pronounced joyce. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Joyce is "lord". From the Norman male name Josce or Josse, which is from Jodocus, a Latin form of a Breton name, Iodoc, borne by a seventh-century Breton saint. Used in the Middle Ages. Its use as a girl's name from the 16th century among Puritans suggests it have been associated with the vocabulary word "joy". Advice columnist Dr. Joyce Brothers; writer Joyce Carol Oates.
Related girl name: Jocelyn.Creative forms:
(female) Jeace, Joyte, ..
(male) Joyre, Joyve, .. Middle name pairings:
Joyce Aarya (J.A.), ..
How popular is Joyce?
Joyce is a very prominent first name for females (#49 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#948 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Joyce reached its highest position of #12 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #838 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Joyce (#838 from current records) rated in the Top 2000 are Jocelyn (#133 from current records), Joycelyn and Loyce. These forms of Joyce reached the peak of their popularity during 1930-1939 (average #607) and have become much less widespread since (#1242, ▼88%), with the form Joyce becoming less stylish.
Joyce▼ is alike in pronunciation to Joss. Other suggested similar names are Alyce▼, Bryce, Cayce, Douce, Elyce, Janyce, Jaycee▲, Jaycie, Jayde▲, Jaye, Jayme▼, Jayne▼, Joane, Jobie, Joci, Jodee, Jodie▼, Joie, Jolee, Jolie▲, Jolyne, Jonae, Jone, Jonee, Jonie, Jorie, Josee, Josie▲, Joy▼, Joya, Joye, Kayce, Roice and Royce. These names tend to be less frequently used than Joyce.See names in meaning and etymology.