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Gender: Female Origin of Joy: Word name Joy's Popularity in 2018: #355

The name Joy is a girl's name of English origin. Joy is ranked #355 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- GIRLS".

From the experts:

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.

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Pop Culture References for the name Joy

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

16 names similar to Joy

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MargotBear Says:


I love this name! Short, sweet and beautiful!

Silverlight Says:


My name is Joy and I absolutely love it. I don't think it exerts any personality pressure over me at all. It really is a lovely name, but then again I might be biased a wee bit :)

Myanover Says:


Joy to me is a beautiful, positive name it is just lovely!!!!!.!

iolite Says:


So short and sweet. Reminds me of 'Infant Joy' by William Blake

dearvenus Says:


This is such an adorable name.

sometimeschessie Says:


I know a Joy, and she loves her first name, and irritates her when people assume "Joy" is short for "Joyce." I'd love to hear your ideas: why do you prefer Joyce as a first name over Joy?

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I don't think Joy exerts personality pressure on a child. As Nameberry rightly said, the name came from the Puritans, and it meant "joyful in the Lord," which doesn't refer to personality at all. It's not a synonym for "happy."

scblovesnames Says:


Joy makes a beautiful middle name. If used as a first it might be better to use Joyce.

indiefendi2 Says:


I've met boys with Joy as a middle name. I like virtue names for boys in the middle.

AliciaDawn Says:


Lyric. Definitely go with Lyric.

ShannonLim Says:


Are you looking for boy or girl names? I'd highly recommend you post a thread in the forums ^.^ There are many helpful members around to give you their opinions :)

jan11th Says:


Yes I am! We already have Marlin Joy running around (she goes by MJ, never her actual name) and Dexter James. My boyfriend and I love the names Ariadne, Krew, Starr & Lyric. Tell us what you think ! :) we are desperate

ShannonLim Says:


Are you having twin girls? :p

Some suggestions: Asta (like a star), Blythe (happy, carefree), Carys (love), Evie (life), Vesper (evening star)

jan11th Says:


i love Summer soo much but i think it would just be confusing :( I also love Starr but same problem.

jan11th Says:


Joy and Serena sound nice together ! thank you :)

ShannonLim Says:


I think Joy would work (I have known many Joys in my area) but I'm not keen on Sunny. Perhaps Summer would be a better alternative? Or Serene, Seren (meaning star)? Tell me what you think! :)

ogracefulxo Says:


Personally, I find the combo slightly overwhelming. However, I think Joy makes a lovely middle name... you could try that? xo

jan11th Says:


Would Joy & Sunny be a good sib-set? or is it TOO happy?