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Joyce

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510k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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34k
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Joyce

"Joyce" is a name of English origin, and it means "Little lord". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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  1. Influential Irish writer noted for his many innovations (such as stream of consciousness writing) (1882-1941)
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Medieval English given name from Old French Josse, name of a seventh century saint Latinized as Jodocus, from Breton Iodoc, diminutive of iudh (“lord”), from Proto-Celtic *yowdos.

  1. An English and Irish patronymic surname​.
  2. A female given name, associated by folk etymology with joy and rejoice.

Joyce was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Joyce

Joyce was born Joyce Carol Vincent on October 19th, 1965 in Hammersmith. She breathed her last breath in 2003.

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Jane Seymour is an actress. She was most prominent from 1969 to present. Jane was given the name Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg on February 15th, 1951 in London, England.

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Joyce Carol Oates is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, literary critic, professor, and editor. She has been prominent since 1963. Joyce was born on June 16th, 1938 in Lockport, New York, U.S.

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Joyce Meyer is a writer. Joyce was given the name Pauline Joyce Hutchison on June 4th, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

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Joyce DeWitt is an actress. She was most active from 1972 to present. Joyce was given the name Joyce Anne DeWitt on April 23rd, 1949 in Wheeling, West Virginia. Joyce is also known as Joycey.

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Judy Carne was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1961 to 1961. Judy was given the name Joyce Audrey Botterill on April 27th, 1939 in Northampton, England. She died on September 3rd, 2015.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Joyce

William was given the name William Brooke Joyce on April 24th, 1906 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. William is also known as Lord Haw-Haw. He breathed his last breath on January 3rd, 1946.

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Elaine Joyce is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1961. Elaine was given the name Elaine Joyce Pinchot on December 19th, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

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She was most active from 1945 to 1980. Yootha was given the name Yootha Joyce Needham on August 20th, 1927 in Wandsworth. She died on August 24th, 1980.

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Barnaby Joyce is a Senator for Queensland, 17th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Minister for Agriculture, Water Resources, 13th Leader of theNational Party, 20th Deputy Leader of theNational Party, Leader of the National Partyin the Senate, SenatorforQueensland. His career lasted from 2016 to 2016. Barnaby was born on April 17th, 1967 in Tamworth, New South Wales.

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Mike Joyce is an alternative rock and indie pop musician. He was most prominent from 1982 to present. Mike was given the name Michael Adrian Paul Joyce on June 1st, 1963.

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Rumer is a pop music, easy listening, and soul music singer and songwriter. She plays Guitar and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Rumer was given the name Sarah Joyce on June 3rd, 1979 in Islamabad. Rumer is also known as Sarah Prentice, Joyce, and Sarah (birth name).

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1882 7 7 0
1883 6 6 0
1885 7 7 0
1887 7 7 0
1888 12 12 0
1889 12 12 0
1890 17 17 0
1891 17 17 0
1892 14 14 0
1893 20 20 0
1894 22 22 0
1895 29 29 0
1896 37 37 0
1897 27 27 0
1898 40 40 0
1899 45 45 0
1900 64 59 5
1901 43 43 0
1902 69 69 0
1903 73 73 0
1904 56 56 0
1905 87 80 7
1906 77 77 0
1907 86 80 6
1908 110 105 5
1909 96 96 0
1910 135 135 0
1911 143 136 7
1912 236 222 14
1913 284 273 11
1914 474 456 18
1915 677 640 37
1916 782 746 36
1917 1,061 1,017 44
1918 1,307 1,261 46
1919 1,301 1,255 46
1920 1,585 1,523 62
1921 1,893 1,840 53
1922 2,056 2,016 40
1923 2,709 2,670 39
1924 3,583 3,532 51 #83 girl name
1925 4,407 4,364 43 #59 girl name
1926 5,761 5,707 54 #44 girl name
1927 6,761 6,683 78 #35 girl name
1928 7,308 7,241 67 #30 girl name
1929 8,673 8,597 76 #23 girl name
1930 9,736 9,660 76 #18 girl name
1931 10,662 10,578 84 #15 girl name
1932 11,454 11,363 91 #12 girl name
1933 11,249 11,190 59 #12 girl name
1934 11,530 11,461 69 #12 girl name
1935 11,452 11,366 86 #12 girl name
1936 12,062 11,990 72 #12 girl name
1937 11,894 11,808 86 #11 girl name
1938 12,765 12,693 72 #11 girl name
1939 13,455 13,393 62 #12 girl name
1940 14,884 14,801 83 #13 girl name
1941 15,747 15,681 66 #13 girl name
1942 16,805 16,726 79 #13 girl name
1943 16,567 16,486 81 #16 girl name
1944 14,833 14,769 64 #18 girl name
1945 13,997 13,951 46 #18 girl name
1946 15,268 15,211 57 #20 girl name
1947 15,956 15,911 45 #20 girl name
1948 14,414 14,379 35 #21 girl name
1949 13,609 13,571 38 #26 girl name
1950 13,443 13,415 28 #27 girl name
1951 13,507 13,474 33 #28 girl name
1952 13,157 13,121 36 #27 girl name
1953 12,822 12,794 28 #26 girl name
1954 12,121 12,090 31 #28 girl name
1955 11,299 11,273 26 #29 girl name
1956 11,121 11,090 31 #30 girl name
1957 10,185 10,150 35 #40 girl name
1958 9,059 9,032 27 #46 girl name
1959 8,544 8,513 31 #50 girl name
1960 7,777 7,751 26 #58 girl name
1961 7,026 7,002 24 #62 girl name
1962 6,120 6,093 27 #74 girl name
1963 5,243 5,224 19 #84 girl name
1964 4,874 4,860 14 #87 girl name
1965 4,144 4,130 14 #89 girl name
1966 3,407 3,397 10 #100 girl name
1967 2,956 2,941 15
1968 2,512 2,495 17
1969 2,243 2,231 12
1970 2,044 2,031 13
1971 1,706 1,692 14
1972 1,360 1,351 9
1973 1,236 1,229 7
1974 1,263 1,263 0
1975 1,127 1,127 0
1976 948 948 0
1977 854 847 7
1978 780 775 5
1979 739 739 0
1980 738 730 8
1981 694 687 7
1982 662 662 0
1983 636 636 0
1984 593 593 0
1985 542 537 5
1986 551 537 14
1987 569 561 8
1988 475 475 0
1989 500 489 11
1990 517 512 5
1991 445 445 0
1992 439 439 0
1993 429 423 6
1994 374 374 0
1995 376 371 5
1996 350 343 7
1997 331 331 0
1998 332 332 0
1999 337 337 0
2000 366 361 5
2001 369 369 0
2002 358 358 0
2003 345 345 0
2004 350 344 6
2005 324 324 0
2006 325 325 0
2007 346 341 5
2008 318 318 0
2009 287 287 0
2010 303 303 0
2011 263 263 0
2012 302 296 6
2013 333 328 5
2014 358 351 7
2015 340 332 8
2016 390 385 5

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Popularity of Joyce as a first name

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Popularity of Joyce as a last name

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Common last names for Joyce

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Walker
  • Hall

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Joyce U.S.
  White 87.83% 64.26%
  African American 7.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.69% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.22% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.92% 16.26%

Of Last Name Joyce

People with the last name Joyce are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Joyce

  • How Popular is the name Joyce? Joyce is the 124th most popular name of all time. As a last name Joyce was the 1,022nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Joyce have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 509,739 babies born with the first name Joyce in the United States. That's more than enough people named Joyce to occupy the country of Cape Verde with an estimated population of 491,875 (as of June 16, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Joyce? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Joyce first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Joyce is Saturday, December 7th, 1861.
  • What year had the most people named Joyce born? The highest recorded use of the first name Joyce was in 1942 with a total of 16,726 babies. That's a lot of babies named Joyce!
  • Random Joyce Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Joyce ranks 79th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Wisconsin. Imagine that, 127 babies in Wisconsin have the same name as you in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Joyce: Your name in reverse order is Ecyoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yejco. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Joyce? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 34,132 people with the last name Joyce.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Joyce? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Joyce 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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