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Meaning and Name Origin

Joyce \jo(y)-ce\ 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.


Joyce has 9 variants: Joice, Joyceanne, Joycelyn, Joycelynn, Joycie, Joyous, Joyse, Joysel and Loyce.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Jocelyn.


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 (#748 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Joyce name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Joyce outside U.S.

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Joyce and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Joyce (#797 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000 are Jocelyn (#114 the previous year), Joycelyn and Loyce. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 and have become much less widespread since, with the forms Joyce, Joycelyn and Loyce becoming less stylish. Jocelyn (#114) is the most fashionable baby name in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jocelyn, Joyce, Joycelyn, Loyce in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Joyce and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Jaycee, Jaycie, Joci, Josee, Josie, Joye and Royce. These names tend to be less frequently used than Joyce.