Meaning and name origin
Joyce \jo(y)-ce\ as a girl's 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 information, see also the related girl name Jocelyn.
Joyce is a very popular first name for females (#49 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#748 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Joyce for girls. Joyce reached its highest rank of #12 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Joyce and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jocelyn (#114), Joyce (#797), Loyce and Joycelyn. (2014 statistics).