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What does Joyce mean?

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.


Variations

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.


Popularity

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 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.

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 1950-1959 (usage of 0.41%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.2723%, down 33.6%), with the forms Joyce, Joycelyn and Loyce becoming less stylish. Jocelyn (#114) is the most fashionable baby name in this compilation. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Joyce and affiliated names. (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.

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