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Origin: Old French
Meaning: Delight

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Joy

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Joy in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Joy:

  • Records indicate that 130,256 girls in the United States have been named Joy since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1957, when 2,929 people in the U.S. were given the name Joy. Those people are now 64 years old.

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      18 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Joy. I was named after my mom's friend in high school. I get all the time, is that your real name? People call me joey, joyce, or joe sometimes (which i hate) But, not the people who matter. :) They all call me joy. I like my name. The comments at Christmas are always, oh, you must love your name at this time of year. I just smile and nod." Nov. 24, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "when i was a teenager i had hard times with my name because my name is Joy given by my parents and i was super depressed as a teenager and remember wanting to change my name but after i have my surname all Ringo Joy I got used to seeing Joy and fine with it now. Ringo means apple in japanese. I?m now happy with my name. Also because it?s a name people will know so it?s easier for others to remember but people who don?t speak a lot english would call me Joyce or Joycelyn, was my pronounce that bad?" Aug. 4, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1974 and was named Joy by my folks after a difficult birth which almost cost my life as well as my mother's. I was initially intended to be given the name Michelle. Growing up I disliked my name as I read here that I was not alone with that sentiment. I even went so far as saying that I would change my name when I got older. I meant it. In hindsight, I can only imagine how saying that must have made my parents feel. Shame on me! Anyway, I did not appreciate my name until I got older. I still hear the jokes and references to Christmas and happy slangs, but I take it in stride now and embrace it. A bonus is that I have a plethora of items in my home that have my monogram on them. Unfortunately, they can only be pulled out once a year. Lol So, as being a Joy and offering advise to anyone contemplating this name for their baby girl, I would say this... There is a good chance she may not care for it too much as a child, but will like it once she matures." Apr. 4, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy and i'm named after my mom, I love my name because it means something and I think its beautiful. I hope one day i can pass the tradition on to my daughter." Dec. 8, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to hate having Joy as my first name. I thought it was too short and not exotic enough. Plus I never understood why everyone would try to shorten an already short word by calling me "Jo" or "J". I got called Joyce, Julie, or Joey a lot. I definitely hated that! My sisters had common names like Michelle and Kristi. They were always finding things with their name on it such as pencils, rulers, stickers, etc. Everything I had with my name on it was either red or green, for Christmas. It's also really hard to live up to the name Joy. You have to have a smile on your face all the time. As I got older, I learned to love my name. It is easy to remember. I could always type my entire first name into the high score leaderboards of Arcade games like Ms. PacMan, Centipede, Donkey Kong, etc. On my first car I had the personalized license plate "IMAJOY". I loved it because it had multiple meanings. And best of all, who else gets to see their name in lights year after year?" Nov. 6, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy! When I came to America I wanted an American name, because people would always pronounce my name wrong. At the age 3 I asked my mother if I could make Joy my name.It became my middle name but, everyone calls my Joy :)" Nov. 14, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy ... My parents gave me the name. Since the day I was born, was the best day of their lives. So sweet!!!" Sep. 22, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a daughter named Joy and she is AWESOME. She is only 3 years old and her name has always fit her. I love it when she hears her name in songs and on T.V. it's funny cause she'll say, "They said Joy momma, that's me!!" I love my Joy-Joy!" Jul. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Joy is my middle name and I love it more than my first name secretly. It is Christine Joy which goes well. And I met a girl named Brielle and her middle name is Joy too! Joy is very common as a middle name and not a first name. Hmm, I wonder." May. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We're Christians and we wanted to give our daughter a beautiful, biblical name. Our daughter's name is Sara Joy. We and our parents and friends just love it!" Feb. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother's name is Joy.. she's such a wonderful, loving, wise, and creative person, and truly a joy to hang out with! ^^" Jan. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy & it's my favorite name. I smile a lot & have been told it fits me. I'm the youngest of 4 girls & used to think my dad was disappointed I wasn't a boy - but then when I thought about my name I realized he must have been happy to have me! I think it's more common among Christians because going to Christian schools there was always another Joy in my class." Sep. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is joy too it was meant to be my middle name but mum made a mistake I can get it changed but Its grown on me I have the nickname JTTW(joy to the world )and i dont know anyone else my age with my name lol" Apr. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy I like it. It's a good christian name" Jul. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy and I get Joyce or Jill all the time. I use to HATE my name especially at Christmas. But now that I am an adult I embrace my name. My family and friends all comment on how many things I have in my house with my name on it!" Jun. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Grandma's name is Joy and most people that are named Joy usually are very nice people. And yes alot of people call my Grandma Joyce but she says stop calling me that." Mar. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a 'Joy' also. I used to hate my name, but it has grown on me. Now that I am older, I appreciate what my parents went through to nameme and love my name even more to know that they named me this because when I was born, it brought great joy to their lives. Awww, so sweet!" Apr. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my unique name. People always say, "Joyce"...I have to tell them, "no, Joy"" Sep. 6, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "My name is joy I was born in 1993. I don?t know any other people my age with my name but I hate it. I hate he jokes and then when I went through my depression it made it worse because people asked how someone so unhappy could be named Joy." Sep. 21, 2018: Report as inappropriate

      22 Neutral Comments

  • "I have had the name Joy for 81years now and love being called Joy. Unusual name and until now was not aware that it could be a boys name also. Dont know anybody in the Male population called lovely." May. 22, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy and as a kid I didn?t like that I didn?t know anyone else with that name. Then as an adult I became joyful to know that I have a unique name with such a positive meaning. When my husband and I got engaged his friends made a little book for him with bible verses that had the name Joy in them. The funniest is, ?man is that he might have joy?. Ya gotta love having a name like Joy." Oct. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have never cared for my name always wanted to be a Tracy or possibly Debbie." Mar. 2, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE my name but highly annoyed by the narrowed eyes and "I mean your full name or is that your real name" ... Far to many have adopted the name when it isn't what they were given at birth. I would think a 3 letter name would be easy!" Sep. 2, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a wonderful name when I get birth a girl I will named her joy" May. 1, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is joy...lykwxe moxt of the pple call me "joyce"..really this name joyce is annoying.i once cried wen xm1 call m" Jan. 23, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im a Joy... I used to hate the many jokes...Joy to the world.... Joy dish soap....Happy Happy Joy.Joy.... Joy stick.. Joy ride....excetera a reaJoy has heard them all...I get annoyed when people say "Joey" really?? Or people that ask if Joy is "short for something.... nope.just Joy... or when people want to know if its my middle name.... nope. Just Joy...but as I have gotten older... I really dont care. I love my short simple... not so common name!!" May. 17, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think its a lovely happy sounding name,it wod make a great middle name to january 72016" Jan. 7, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy and I absolutely love it! People often call me Joyce and that really infuriates me cause that's not my name. I've always had people to tell my that my personality fits my name...Im a very happy and loving person! :-)" Mar. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey. My name is joy. And a lot of people spell my name right." Mar. 6, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey. My name is joy. And a lot of people spell my name right." Mar. 6, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our 6 year old Joy. We wanted a name with biblical ties, but nothing wierd, long, overly-used, or hard to spell or pronounce. Joy fit the bill. I love that there are no other Joy's we know in her age bracket around here. Its a beautiful name that people are familiar enough with, but its still uncommonly used." Jul. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Joy. My full name is actually hyphenated it is: Charis-Joy. I love Joy as my middle name. My parents selected it for biblical reasons, it's one of the fruits of the Spirit. See Galatians 5:22 in the Bible." Apr. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy. I sort of used to be Sophy but that was too common. Since Joy has very obvious meaning, not many people actually use it as a first name, but I do. I think it's rather great, conceals the real personality, lol. I love it as my name, but if I had the chance to give myself a name I would have come up with something more eccentric to suit myself. But anyway, I'm sticking with Joy in this life." Jul. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Joy. I am happy--most of the time. :D" Dec. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy and I love my name people call me joey but i only want to be called joy" Nov. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Joy and I was made fun of soo many times when I was little cuz it rhymed with boy. haha i know funny. and its weird cuz everyone always asks me how to spell it and im like how do you think?" Sep. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy, people say it is hard to spell, so I must spell it out for them, J-O-Y, or I must use rhymes like, Toy, Boy, Roy, Coy and so on. Also, my high school boyfriend said it was too hard to pronounce, so he called me Jo. Sometimes people confuse me with the regular word joy, and sometimes I get confused and mistakenly answer when people are not even speaking to me, especially around Christmas. Lastly, contrary to my many people's assumption, I am never JOYFUL, but always just JOY....." Jun. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy and it upsets me when people call me Joyce because that's not my name i really love the name Joy. It's Unique and special" May. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy and, besides a few years as a teenager, I have always loved it! My name was very unique, when I was growing up, so I was often called Joyce. I came up with the response that there's only one of me so it's just Joy, no "sss". My teacher's liked to use my name for report cards - Joy is a joy in class, etc., and people have always remarked on how my personality matched my name. Joy is also an easy name to remember which makes me work harder to remember others' names because they usually remember mine. It also has fun collectables at Christmas time. I would definately recommend it for a name! Since I have all older brothers-hence it was a joy to have a girl- my name constantly reminds me that I was loved and wanted." Mar. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've never been crazy about my name, but one thing I like is that it is fairly timeless. No one knows how old I am just based on my name. People often call me Joyce by mistake." Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joy, and people act like is a geeky name, so I have to make it work for me individully." Feb. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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