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.
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)
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)