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Gender: female
Pronunciation: joy, JOI
Meaning: delight, great pleasure, jubilation, happiness
Related Names: Gioia, Gioya, Jioia, Joi, Joia, Joice, Joie, Joya, Joyann, Joyanna, Joyanne, Joye, Joyelle, Leeroy, Jioya

Length: 3 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 491


Name: joy Origin: English,,, French,, Meaning (no case): delight, great pleasure, jubilation, happiness

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The name Joy derives from the word “joy” meaning “delight,” “great pleasure,” “jubilation” or “happiness,” originating from the Middle English and Old French “joie” of the same meaning, which may stem from the Latin “gaudia.” French versions of the name include “Joya” and “Joie.”

In the Bible, joy is one of the attributes of God.


According to the 1990 United States Census [1], Joy ranked as the 230th most popular female first name and the 2,509th most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular girls' names every decade since the 1890s.

According to the Social Security Administration [1], in the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular girls' names every year from 2000 (458th) through 2006 (507th).

United States Popularity of the girl's name Joy in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:507th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:515th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:482nd
  • Year: 2003 Rank:494th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:478th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:483rd
  • Year: 2000 Rank:458th


  • “Joy” is given as a middle name of offspring of celebrities Berry Gordy and Diana Ross. [1]
  • “JOY” is an acronym for “Jamaica Organization for Youth” whose mission is to provide opportunities for needy children through the encouragement of the use of technology.


  • “Joy Turner,” portrayed by Jaime Pressly, is the ex-wife of Earl in the comedic television show “My Name is Earl.” In 2007, Jaime Pressly won a primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” for her performance as Joy Turner. [1]
  • “Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life” is an autobiographical book by 20th century author Clive Staples "Jack" Lewis, more commonly known as C.S. Lewis. [1]
  • “Joy” is the title of a 1990 novel by Marsha Hunt, who is also a singer and actress. [1]


  • Joy Lynn Fawcett (born Joy Biefield) – Professional soccer player who was a member of the United States women's national soccer team from 1987 to 2004. As a member of the team, she won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta and 2004 Athens Olympic Games. [1]
  • Joy Lauren (born Joy Lauren Jorgensen) – Film and television actress who has appeared on such shows as “Lizzie McGuire" (2002), “Private Practice" (2007) and most notably “Desperate Housewives" (2004-2008), in which she portayed Danielle Van De Kamp. [1]



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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about JoyRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 3  +
Meaning delight, great pleasure, jubilation, happiness  +
Meaningnc delight, great pleasure, jubilation, happiness  +
Name joy  +
Origin English  +, and French  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation joy, JOI  +
Rank in 2000s 491  +
Related Gioia  +, Gioya  +, Jioia  +, Joi  +, Joia  +, Joice  +, Joie  +, Joya  +, Joyann  +, Joyanna  +, Joyanne  +, Joye  +, Joyelle  +, Leeroy  +, and Jioya  +
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