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Origin & Meaning

The name Joy is of Latin origin.

The meaning of Joy is "joyous, cheerful, merry".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 462  in baby name popularity for girls with 687 occurrences.  It ranked 4288 in popular baby names for boys with 23 occurrences. 

View the Joy Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Joy has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Joy to other names.


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Related Names

Variants of the name Joy include Joi, Joye.

The names Joia, Joie are all forms of Joy.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Joy Adamson, Joy Behar, Joy Harjo.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Joy in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Joy.

Just for fun, see the name Joy in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Joy in Nautical Flags page.

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Last year this name was ranked as one of the top 1000 most popular names within its gender.

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