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Joyce is a popular baby name dating back to Medieval times. In the last century, however, the name spent 17 years on the top 20 list. It is now a top 1,000 name.

Meaning of the name Joyce:

English: little lord, joyous

Origin of the name Joyce:

Joyce originated from the male's name Josse, popular during Medieval times. The feminine version came about around the fourteenth century, especially in the Christian church. This is due to the similarity it had to the word “joise” which means “rejoice.”

Baby name Joyce

Symbolism of the name Joyce:

The baby name Joyce comes from Josse, which came from Ludocus. This name ultimately came from the Latin word “ludoc” meaning “lord.” The meaning of “joyous” could come from the similarity of the name to “joise.”

Style of the name Joyce:

Traditional

Gender of the name Joyce:

Joyce is a traditional and simple name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Joyce:

JOIS

Number of syllables in the name Joyce:

One

Emotion evoked from the name Joyce:

Joyce feels a little vintage. It is very simple and humble.

Alternative spellings for the name Joyce:

  • Joyse
  • Joice
  • Joise

Nicknames for the name Joyce:

  • Joy 
  • Jo
  • Joye
  • Joie
  • Joe
  • Cece

Popularity of the name Joyce:

Joyce was on the top 200 list from 1917 to 1923. It then moved to the top 100 list in 1926 until 1965, reaching the top 20 list from 1930 to 1947. As of 2020, the name has dropped off a bit as it is at rank 983.

Related names for the name Joyce:

Great middle names for Joyce and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Joyce:

  • Joyce Oates (novelist)
  • Joyce Frankenberg (birth name of Jane Seymour, actress)
  • Joyce Jacobs (actress, “A Country Practice”)
  • Joyce Grenfell (actress, “The Belles of St. Trinian's”)
  • Joyce Carey (actress, “In Which We Serve”)
  • Joyce Van Patten (actress, “Grown Ups”)
  • Joyce DiDonato (opera singer)

Joyces in popular culture:

  • Joyce Blythe (character from “Anne of Green Gables”)
  • Joyce Reardon (character from “Rose Red”)
  • Joyce Summers (character from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)
  • Joyce Humphrie (character from “Mr. Selfridge”)
  • Joyce Davenport (character from “Hill Street Blues”)
  • Joyce Byers (character from “Stranger Things”)