What does Joyce mean?
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.Kreatif forms: Jesce, Joyca, Joysi. [more]
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)
Charted below is the baby name history of Joyce for girls. Joyce reached its highest position of #12 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #797 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent varying forms of Joyce (#797 from current records) rated in the Top 1000 are Jocelyn (#114 from current records), Joycelyn and Loyce. These forms of Joyce reached the peak of their popularity during 1950-1959 (average #590) and are somewhat less widespread today (#727, ▼34%), with forms like Joycelyn becoming less stylish. Jocelyn is the most fashionable baby name in this compilation.
Thinking of names?
Joyce▼ is alike in pronunciation to Joss. Other suggested similar baby 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.