[ 1 syll. joy, jo-y ] The baby girl name Joy is pronounced JH-oy †. Joy's language of origin is English and Spanish. It is predominantly used in the English, German, and Spanish languages. English origin, English and German use: It is derived from joy ; joie meaning 'joy' ; gaudia 'joy'. The first name is from the ordinary English word, which is from the Old French joie, itself of the Late Latin gaudia. The name was first used in 12th century England, but was only widespread in the 17th century, especially among English Puritans who associated the name with the joy of the Christian faith. Modern usage of the name is usually associated with the joy of having a newborn, or wishing joy for the newborn.
In addition, Joy is a variant transcription of Joyita (English and Spanish).
The name Joy is widely used; it has 27 variant transcriptions that are used in English and foreign languages. Variation transcriptions of the name used in English include Gioia, Gioya, Jioia, Jioya, Joia, Joice, Joya (used in Romanian as well), Joyan, Joyann, Joyanna, Joyanne, Joyeeta, Joyela, Joyella, Joyelle, Joyia, Joyleen, Joylene, Joylin, Joylyn, Joyous, and Joyvina. The familiar form Joyetta, and the variant spellings Joi, Joie, and Joye are other English forms. Joyke (Dutch) is a variant transcription of Joy that is in foreign languages.
See also the related form, Jocacia.
Joy is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still a rather popular baby girl name, but not as much as it was before. The name's popularity jumped from the 1900s up to the 1970s; before that, it was of only modest use. At the peak of its usage in 1974, 0.176% of baby girls were given the name Joy. It was #109 in rank then. The baby name has declined in popularity since then. In 2012, it ranked at #498 with a usage of 0.032%, but it was nonetheless the most regularly used out of all girl names in its family. The name Joy has been primarily given to girls, although it has also been used as a boy name in the last century. In 1937, 28 times as many girls than boys were given the name Joy.
† Pronunciation for Joy: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; OY as in "toy (T.OY)"
A famous person named Joy is Author, Joy Adamson, born Friederike Viktoria Gessner 20 January 1910 - 3 January 1980, Troppau, Austria.