English word name

Joy Origin and Meaning

The name Joy is a girl's name of English origin meaning "joy".

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 popular names charts. Joy has also been often used as a middle name. Two recent bearers: comedian/TV personality Joy Behar and Joy Mangano, the inventor whose life was the basis of Oscar-nominated biopic Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence.

# 467 in the US

Joy Rank in US Top 1000

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Joy Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Joy

  • Joy Behar (born Josephina Victoria Occhiuto)American talk show host
  • Joy PhilbinAmerican TV personality and wife of talk show host Regis Philbin
  • Joy Lynn FawcettAmerican soccer player
  • Joy Elizabeth WilliamsAmerican singer,songwriter of The Civil Wars
  • Joy HarjoAmerican poet
  • Joy Adamson (born Friederike Victoria Gessner)Czech,British author and naturalist
  • Joy Lauren (born Lauren Joy Jorgensen)American actress
  • (Marilyn) Joy QuigleyNew Zealand politician
  • Joy Ann SmithCanadian politician
  • Joy Charity EnriquezAmerican singer and actress
  • Joy Uche Angela OgwuNigerian diplomat
  • Joy GiovanniAmerican actress, model and pro wrestler
  • Joy Annabelle WomackAmerican ballerina
  • Joy GarnettCanadian,American artist
  • Joy Rae Brownbirth name of Joi Lansing, American actress
  • (Helen) Joy DavidmanAmerican poet; wife of novelist C.S. Lewis
  • Joy BryantAmerican model and actress
  • Joystage name of Park Sooyoung; singer, dancer, and member of South Korean girl group Red Velvet
  • JoyAnna Duggar (b. 1997), 9th child (5th daughter) of the reality TV's Duggar family
  • JoyAnna Willis (b. 2006), 10th child (7th daughter) of the family band, The Willis Clan
  • Joy Uygur (b. 2012)daughter of TV personality Cenk Uygur
  • Joy (b. 2017)daughter of model Jessica Michibata
  • Joy Mangano (b. 1956) American inventor & entrepreneurthe 2015 film "Joy" was based on her

Joy in Pop Culture

  • Joy Mercercharacter on TV's "House of Anubis"
  • Joycharacter in the Wayside School series by Louis Sachar
  • Nurse Joycharacter from Pokemon video game series
  • Joycharacter from Disney's "Inside Out"
  • Joy Birchcharacter in 2013 film "Prisoners'
  • Joy Ruth Keenanbirth name of Dr. Temperance Brennan, main character on TV series "Bones"
  • Rachel Joy Cuddycharacter on TV's "House, MD"
  • Joy "Ma" Newsomecharacter in Emma Donohughe's novel/film, "Room"
  • "Joy" 2015 film
  • "Joy Luck Club" 1993 film
  • Joy McNallycharacter in the 2008 romantic comedy film "What Happens in Vegas" played by Cameron Diaz
  • JOYacronym that stands for , JESUS first...OTHERS second...YOURSELF last!

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