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Gender: Female Meaning of Joyce: "merry, joyous" Origin of Joyce: Latin Joyce's Popularity in 2017: #836

The name Joyce is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "merry, joyous". Joyce is ranked #836 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Baby Names That Mean Happy and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Dislike-Twins!".

From the experts:

Once a boy name, this name took off for girls during the mid-twentieth century, when it spent 1930 to 1947 in the Top 20.

Joyce has a long history as a surname, perhaps most prominently connected to James Joyce, author of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.

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Famous People Named Joyce

Joyce Diane Brothers, American psychologist and TV personality
Joyce Carol Oates, American novelist
(Daphne) Joyce Maynard, American novelist
Joyce Meyer (born Pauline Joyce Hutchison), American Christian TV personality and author
Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg, birth name of Jane Seymour, English actress
Joyce Mary Jacobs, Australian actress
Joyce Irene Grenfell, English actress
Joyce Benignia Van Patten, American actress, sister of Dick Van Patten
Joyce Carey, English actress
Joyce Hilda Banda, 4th President of Malawi
Joyce Anne DeWitt, American actress
Yootha Joyce (Needham), English actress
Joyce Hila Hatto, English pianist
Joyce Anne Barr, American diplomat
Joyce Mansour, Egyptian-French Surrealist poet
Joyce Vance, American attorney and MSNBC correspondent

Pop Culture References for the name Joyce

Joyce "Joy" Blythe, character in the "Anne of Green Gables" series
Joyce Summers, Buffy's mother on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Joyce Humphries, original name of Ellen Love on British TV series "Mr. Selfridge"
Joyce Davenport, character on TV's "Hill Street Blues"
Joyce Byers, character on TV's "Stranger Things"

Joyse, Joice, Joycie