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What does Joyce mean?

Joyce Pronunciation of Joyce [joyce] 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.

Associated with: saint, 16th century, puritans, joy.


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

Related girl name: Jocelyn.

Creative forms:
(female) Jeace, Joyte, ..

(male) Joyre, Joyve, ..

Middle name pairings:
Joyce Aarya (J.A.), ..

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)

Joyce reached its highest position of #12 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #838 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joyce name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Joyce (#838 from current records) rated in the Top 2000 are Jocelyn (#133 from current records), Joycelyn and Loyce. These forms of Joyce reached the peak of their popularity during 1930-1939 (average #607) and have become much less widespread since (#1242, 88%), with the form Joyce becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joyce, Jocelyn, Joycelyn, Loyce in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Joyce is alike in pronunciation to Joss. Other suggested similar 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.

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