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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.


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

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).

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

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

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).

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

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

Similar Names

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