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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Joyce

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

A few facts about the girl's name Joyce:

  • Records indicate that 505,291 girls in the United States have been named Joyce since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1942, when 16,718 people in the U.S. were given the name Joyce. Those people are now 79 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Joyce

    93% Approval Rating
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      14 Positive Comments

  • "I'm happy with my name! It isn't too common and can be pronounced within every language!" Sep. 15, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name has always been uncommon. I notice a lot of people forget my name and call me other names that start with 'J': Joan, Jackie, Jody, Jane, etc. Sometimes my family calls me Joy or Joycie. I hope this name starts to be a little more popular again." Mar. 27, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's unique, but it's annoying threat I know someone younger than me called this!" May. 27, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joyce. I was born in 1960, so it was not very common at that time. But my parents were older than most of my friends, so there ya go! I love my name & the fact it's not common. Although, I worked at a place with 2 other Joyces! BUT, Joyce was their middle name; they both used it because they didn't like their given, first name! And yes, my family sometimes calls me Joycie!" Sep. 21, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name, and I love it very much! My mother chose it because it wasn't as popular and she thought it was more unique than Joy. I haven't met anybody around my age or grade that have this name, so at school I'm the one and only Joyce!" Jun. 22, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joyce and I'm beginning to think that it is special and unique. Not a lot of people my age have this name, so I think it's unique and nice. :)" Aug. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "So many people do not like their name, or feel indifferent about it. Not me - I am very happy that my mother chose to name me Joyce, even when the name was on the downswing at the time I was born. I like having a unique and meaningful name with rich history." Jul. 28, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joyce and i have always loved it. my father named me. I'm almost 61 and have only met 2 other people with the same name. the most I've seen other's with the name Joyce is on groups on the internet & most are in the same age bracket. btw , my father used to call be Joycey" Jun. 24, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a friend named Joyce and she is the most unique person I have ever met. Joyce is a unique name that fits a unique person." Feb. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joyce. I don't like it when people call me Joy. Joyce is already a short name, you don't have to shorten it any more. People also confuse Joyce with Grace." May. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "hiya my names Joyce and im from Dublin in Ireland my name suits me well because im always happy !!! xxxx" Jul. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My given name is Joyce,all though my childhood my parents called me Joy. As a spiritual woman I heard for the first time my name called to me slowly. It was pronouce JOY-OUS. since then I LOVE THE NAME "JOYCE"!" Jul. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love it. I had to live with it my whole life, and i love it!" Jun. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! I was named for a Great Aunt that passed away 5 years ago, so it has special meaning for me. I go by "Joy" now and have met very few other people with this name. I love how unique it is!" Jan. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I have never cared for my name. I was named after one of my grandmothers and the name was old fashioned when I was born, probably old fashioned when she was born as well. I haven't run into too many people with the same name, which is good as it is I find it to be an ugly name." Jul. 12, 2017: Report as inappropriate

      21 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Joyce and I?ve never liked it ! I was born in 1947 and see by the article 1942 was peak for this name. I have met other Joyce?s and most don?t like it either. It is a rare name, guess that?s good." Jan. 5, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joyce, born in '45. I never liked my name until my mother told me she named me Joyce because she always wanted a girl and was "joyous" when I was born! So she named me Joyce." Jun. 15, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Although I'm 72 I've mostly only met older people with this name I can only recall meeting three people younger. So therefore I've always thought Joyce was an old ladies name. So now I'm an old lady myself I think it suits me." May. 31, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. It?s a very pretty name. hardly anyone has it which makes it even more special. I was born in December, And I like that it means Joyous, Merry and Lord." May. 24, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Joyce. My twin's name is Janice. I was always glad that I got my name was Joyce, not Janice." Mar. 6, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joyce, born in 1954. The whole time I was growing up I never met another Joyce and I've only met a handful of Joyces in my life. I am neutral about it and have often felt that it didn't fit me. The name doesn't roll off the tongue easily with the "ssss" sound on the end of it. People often mishear it as Grace or Tracy. It is easily forgettable and I get called all the J names. My nickname is Juice (just family) and I met another Joyce once who also had that nickname.I tried to get people to call me Jo or Josie as a kid but it never stuck - would have much rather had a lighter name like that." Feb. 1, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joyce but I have always been called Joy. I love Joy but not Joyce. There was a Mousegateer on television named Joy when I was about eight years old. I have always loved my name because it is different." Jan. 8, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joyce also, born in 1955 name after my mothers cousin\bff. I have always been told Joyce meant, "joyful spirit", and that I am" Jan. 6, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joyce and I love it and wouldn't change it for the world." Nov. 7, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joyce, named after my Aunt's best friend, born in 1945. I'm 40+ years old & have never met anyone my age or younger named Joyce. People tend to have very warm reactions as they tell me, "oh, my Mom's/Auntie's/Grandmother's name is Joyce!". All the while, I'm thinking that my parents might as well have named me Beatrice or Gertrude. I hate being called Joy. As mentioned by above comments, Joyce is a 1 syllable name, no need to make it shorter. That's like calling Lynne "Ly". The worst? When people ask me how to spell it. I've never met anyone named "Joice". As much as don't care for my name, I'm greatful i wasn't named Jenn, Amy, Debbie, Katie or Lisa (my cousins, ha!)." May. 19, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is joyce and im 25 years old born in 1992. Ive always hated the name. But its growing on me." Feb. 21, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is joyce. l was born in 1958..l think the meaning of my name is appropriate as im a happy friendly person who likes to help trustworthy and very family orientated. l have a long time friend who always called me joycey.. I was called after a nurse and 30 year later l end3d up friends with this nurses neice" Dec. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My parents thought I would be a boy they could call Joe after my Dad, my Mom wanted to call me Grace but they settled on Joyce which suits me fine. It isn't a very popular name but there are times when I am in a large group of proper and sometimes there are 3 Joyce's there at the same time. Love it." Apr. 29, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "One time at a party the host wanted everyone to find a word to go with your name. I thought and thought and finally came up with Joyce is your choice. Everyone loved that I came up with that." Mar. 18, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my name, I like it. I also like "Joy"but I'm mostly called "Joyce". I was named after a girl named Joy who my mother said was a beautiful child when she was growing up. I was born in 1952. (The only time I don't like my name is when it's a person's last name)." Apr. 3, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My given name is Joyce, but I use Joy, as have been called Joy since a teenager or Jo , and only occasionally would I be called Joyce, infact its only at the Drs.MY passport has Joy on it even though I had shown all my documents. how bizaar is that and I like it!" Nov. 20, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think my name,Joyce fits me perfectly! I am a jovial person by nature too. And yes I have had people call me Joy before, but I don't care for it." Apr. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's OK, but I like Joy much, much more than Joyce." May. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had a few teacher growing up with the same name but other then them I have not met anyone with the same name. I was named after a nun. I think my dad has a sick sense of humor, he picked the name!" May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joyce. I don't like it when people call me Joy. Joyce is already a short name, you don't have to shorten it any more. People also confuse Joyce with Grace." May. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Was a more common name than Gertrude at its peak in 1930; conversely, Gertrude was much more popular than Joyce in 1890. However, both names are much less common today. Joyce Grenfell the British comedienne was a well-known 20th-century bearer of this name." Feb. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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