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Girl Name: Joyce

Name: Joyce
Pronunciation: \jo(y)-ce\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Joyce's also a boy name)
Meaning: lord
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Jocelyn
Sounds Like: Jaycie, Jaycee, Joci, Josie, Josee
Variant forms: Joice, Joyceanne, Joycelyn, Joycelynn, Joycie, Joyse, Joysel, Joyous, Loyce
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 49
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 748


Joyce \jo(y)-ce\ as a girl's name is pronounced joyce. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Joyce is "lord". From the Norman male name Josce or Josse, which is from Jodocus, a Latin form of a Breton name, Iodoc, borne by a seventh-century Breton saint. Used in the Middle Ages. Its use as a girl's name from the 16th century among Puritans suggests it have been associated with the vocabulary word "joy". Advice columnist Dr. Joyce Brothers; writer Joyce Carol Oates.

Joyce has 9 variant forms: Joice, Joyceanne, Joycelyn, Joycelynn, Joycie, Joyse, Joysel, Joyous and Loyce.

For more information, see also the related name Jocelyn.

Baby names that sound like Joyce are Jaycie, Jaycee, Joci, Josie and Josee.

View a list of the 2 names that reference Joyce.


Joyce is a very popular first name for women (#49 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#748 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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