Joy

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137k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Joy mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Joy

"Joy" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Happiness". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Joy
Senses
  1. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; pleasurable feelings or emotions caused by success, good fortune, and the like, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exhilaration of spirits; delight."Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy." [Dryden.]"Glides the smooth current of domestic joy." [Johnson.]"Who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame." [Heb. xii. 2. ]"Tears of true joy for his return." [Shak.]" Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good." [Locke.]
  2. That which causes joy or happiness."For ye are our glory and joy." [1 Thess. ii. 20.]"A thing of beauty is a joy forever." [Keats.]
  3. The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity."Such joy made Una, when her knight she found." [Spenser.]"The roofs with joy resound." [Dryden.]
    synonyms: Gladness; pleasure; delight; happiness; exultation; transport; felicity; ecstasy; rapture; bliss; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity; hilarity.

Note: Joy is used in composition, esp. with participles, to from many self-explaining compounds; as, joy-bells, joy-bringing, joy-inspiring, joy-resounding, etc.

Etymology: OE. joye, OF. joye joie goie, F. joie, L. gaudia, pl. of gaudium joy, fr. gaudere to rejoice, to be glad; cf. Gr. gai`ein to rejoice, gay^ros proud. Cf. Gaud Jewel

verb Joy
To rejoice; to be glad; to delight; to exult.

Etymology: OF. joir, F. jouir. See Joy (n.)

verb Joy
Senses
  1. To give joy to; to congratulate.(Obs)" Joyus of our conquest." [Dryden.]"To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe." [Prior.]
  2. To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.(Obs)"Neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits." [Shak.]
  3. To enjoy.(Obs)See Enjoy."Who might have lived and joyed immortal bliss." [Milton.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Something or someone that provides a source of happiness ("a joy to behold")
  2. The emotion of great happiness
  3. Make glad or happy
  4. Feel happiness or joy
Wiktionary

From the noun joy, first used by Puritans in the 17th century.

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Joy

Joy Mangano is an entrepreneur and entrepreneurship. She was most prominent from 1989 to present. Joy was born on February 15th, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Joy Behar is a comedian, actress, writer, and talk show host. She was most prominent from 1984 to present. Joy was given the name Josephina Victoria Occhiuto on October 7th, 1942 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Joy is a singing, model (people), singer, and model. Joy was given the name Park Soo-young on September 3rd, 1996 in Dobong District.

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Joy Williams is a pop music, folk rock, and contemporary christian music musician. She plays Piano, Concertina, and Vocals. She was most prominent from 2000 to present. Joy was given the name Joy Elizabeth Williams on November 14th, 1982.

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Joy Bryant is an actress and actor. She has been prominent since 2001. Joy was born on October 18th, 1974.

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Joi Lansing was a model, actress, singer, model (people), actor, and singing. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1942 to 1942. Joi was given the name Joy Brown on April 6th, 1928 in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. Joi is also known as Joyce Wassmansdorff. She passed away on August 7th, 1972.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Joy

Vance Joy is an indie pop, indie folk, and contemporary r&b musician. He has been prominent since 2013. Vance was given the name James Gabriel Keogh on December 1st, 1987 in Melbourne.

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Joy is a singing, model (people), singer, and model. Joy was given the name Park Soo-young on September 3rd, 1996 in Dobong District.

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Bill Joy is a scientist in the field of computer science. Bill was given the name William Nelson Joy on November 8th, 1954 in Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.

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Hélène Joy is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1996. Hélène was born in Perth, Australia.

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Robert Joy is an actor. He was most prominent from 1974 to present. Robert was born on August 17th, 1951 in Montreal.

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Lady Murdoch Dame Elisabeth Joy was a philanthropist. Lady was given the name Elisabeth Joy Greene on February 8th, 1909 in Melbourne, Australia. She died on December 5th, 2012.

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How popular is the baby name Joy in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1883 5 0 5
1885 9 9 0
1886 6 6 0
1887 7 7 0
1888 10 10 0
1889 20 20 0
1890 10 10 0
1891 14 14 0
1892 22 16 6
1893 10 10 0
1894 21 21 0
1895 24 24 0
1896 24 18 6
1897 36 30 6
1898 25 20 5
1899 28 23 5
1900 37 27 10
1901 25 25 0
1902 47 38 9
1903 39 30 9
1904 46 36 10
1905 44 38 6
1906 47 40 7
1907 45 38 7
1908 38 38 0
1909 60 54 6
1910 59 48 11
1911 69 63 6
1912 78 68 10
1913 142 120 22
1914 182 158 24
1915 225 190 35
1916 256 214 42
1917 297 256 41
1918 340 303 37
1919 380 322 58
1920 424 376 48
1921 439 392 47
1922 513 447 66
1923 580 540 40
1924 622 578 44
1925 833 772 61
1926 942 893 49
1927 1,189 1,126 63
1928 1,139 1,092 47
1929 1,181 1,137 44
1930 1,320 1,268 52
1931 1,276 1,224 52
1932 1,400 1,361 39
1933 1,330 1,291 39
1934 1,382 1,341 41
1935 1,391 1,349 42
1936 1,531 1,484 47
1937 1,279 1,235 44
1938 1,399 1,373 26
1939 1,286 1,259 27
1940 1,339 1,310 29
1941 1,575 1,550 25
1942 1,629 1,592 37
1943 1,637 1,609 28
1944 1,483 1,456 27
1945 1,407 1,391 16
1946 1,592 1,573 19
1947 1,831 1,815 16
1948 1,644 1,627 17
1949 1,661 1,642 19
1950 1,795 1,775 20
1951 2,027 2,012 15
1952 2,304 2,276 28
1953 2,314 2,305 9
1954 2,388 2,368 20
1955 2,406 2,389 17
1956 2,837 2,822 15
1957 2,944 2,928 16
1958 2,785 2,759 26
1959 2,899 2,882 17
1960 2,794 2,774 20
1961 2,633 2,610 23
1962 2,443 2,427 16
1963 2,198 2,182 16
1964 2,237 2,218 19
1965 1,981 1,974 7
1966 2,108 2,090 18
1967 1,900 1,886 14
1968 1,917 1,903 14
1969 1,711 1,692 19
1970 1,790 1,774 16
1971 1,836 1,825 11
1972 1,829 1,818 11
1973 1,711 1,697 14
1974 2,780 2,756 24
1975 2,316 2,306 10
1976 2,091 2,076 15
1977 2,118 2,100 18
1978 1,959 1,946 13
1979 1,844 1,821 23
1980 1,725 1,716 9
1981 1,635 1,622 13
1982 1,351 1,335 16
1983 1,204 1,191 13
1984 1,165 1,154 11
1985 1,135 1,122 13
1986 1,048 1,037 11
1987 873 861 12
1988 856 837 19
1989 818 802 16
1990 714 697 17
1991 727 710 17
1992 624 616 8
1993 646 632 14
1994 601 590 11
1995 598 592 6
1996 600 587 13
1997 592 579 13
1998 588 583 5
1999 605 596 9
2000 618 607 11
2001 587 580 7
2002 600 590 10
2003 595 583 12
2004 620 614 6
2005 591 582 9
2006 616 607 9
2007 613 602 11
2008 581 573 8
2009 596 586 10
2010 643 626 17
2011 595 585 10
2012 631 620 11
2013 661 647 14
2014 718 695 23
2015 741 729 12
2016 957 947 10
2017 971 954 17

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Popularity of Joy as a first name

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Popularity of Joy as a last name

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Common last names for Joy

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Joy U.S.
  White 78.15% 64.26%
  African American 8.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.63% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.27% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.80% 16.26%

Of Last Name Joy

People with the last name Joy are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Joy

  • What name lists does Joy rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Joy? Joy is the 515th most popular name of all time. As a last name Joy was the 2,684th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Joy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 136,915 babies born with the first name Joy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Joy to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Joy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1883 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Joy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Joy is Thursday, October 9th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Joy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Joy was in 1957 with a total of 2,928 babies. That's a lot of babies named Joy!
  • Random Joy Factoid: According to the 1976 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Joy ranks 83rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 13 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1976.
  • Weird things about the name Joy: Your name in reverse order is Yoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yjo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Joy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,413 people with the last name Joy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Joy? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Joy as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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