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Girl Name: Joy

Name: Joy
Pronunciation: \joy\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: joy
Origin: Latin
Sounds Like: Jay, Jey, Jo, Joey
Variant forms: Gioia, Gioya, Jioia, jioya, Joi, Joia, Joice, Joie, Joya, Joyann, Joyanna, Joyanne, Joye, Joyelle
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 230
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 2509

Description

Joy \joy\ as a girl's name is pronounced joy. It is of Old French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Joy is "joy". Used in the Middle Ages, and made popular in the 17th century under the influence of the Puritans, to whom being "joyful in the Lord" was an important duty. In modern times, it generally signifies the parents' joy in their new-born child, or with the intention of wishing her a happy life. Joya and Joie (zhoh-EE, z'wah) are French.

Joy has 14 variant forms: Gioia, Gioya, Jioia, jioya, Joi, Joia, Joice, Joie, Joya, Joyann, Joyanna, Joyanne, Joye and Joyelle.

Baby names that sound like Joy are Jay, Jey, Jo and Joey.

View a list of the 25 names that reference Joy.

Popularity

Joy is a very popular first name for women (#230 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#2509 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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