- this week

Gender: F Joy's Popularity in 2014: #462

Joy is from an older generation of word names, which also included Merry, Bliss, and Glory -- all of which exert a certain amount of personality pressure on a child. One interesting name that means the same thing: Chara.

Joy began to be used as a name by the seventeenth century Puritans, with the idea of "being joyful in the Lord." It came into more general use in the late nineteenth central, part of the revival of virtue names. Her high point was in 1974, when she reached Number 109 on the charts; she's now at Number 462. Joy has also been often used as a middle name. One recent bearer: comedian/TV personality Joy Behar.

Famous People Named Joy

Joy Behar (born Josephina Victoria Occhiuto), American talk show host
Joy Lynn Fawcett, American soccer player
Joy Elizabeth Williams, American singer-songwriter of The Civil Wars
Joy Harjo, American poet
Joy Adamson (born Friederike Victoria Gessner), Czech-British author and naturalist
Joy Lauren (born Lauren Joy Jorgensen), American actress
(Marilyn) Joy Quigley, New Zealand politician
Joy Ann Smith, Canadian politician
Joy Charity Enriquez, American singer and actress
Joy Uche Angela Ogwu, Nigerian diplomat
Joy Giovanni, American actress, model and pro wrestler
Joy Garnett, Canadian-American artist
(Helen) Joy Davidman, American poet; wife of novelist C.S. Lewis
Joy Bryant, American model and actress
Joy-Anna Duggar, 9th child of American reality TV's Duggar family
Hannah Joy Gosselin, daughter of reality TV personalities Kate and Jon Gosselin
Heavenly Joy Jerkins, daughter of Joy Enriquez and Rodney Jerkins
Amber Joy Halsey, daughter of athletes Jaime Moore and Steve Halsey

Pop Culture References for the name Joy

Joy Mercer, character on TV's "House of Anubis"
Joy, character in the Wayside School series by Louis Sachar
Nurse Joy, character from Pokemon video game series
Joy, character from Disney's "Inside Out"
Rachel Joy Cuddy, character on TV's "House, MD"
"Joy," 2015 film

Joie, Jioya, Joya, Joice, Joi, Gioia, Gioya, Jioia, Joia, Joyann, Joye