Joyce - Meaning of Joyce
[ 2 syll. joy-ce, jo-yce ] The baby boy name Joyce is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. It is pronounced as JHoyayS- †. Joyce is used predominantly in the English language and it is derived from Breton origins. It is derived from the element 'iodoc' which means lord. Ioceus (Latinized), Iocius (Old French), Iodoc (Breton), Iodocus (Latinized), Iudh (Breton), Jodoc (Breton), Jodocus (Latinized), Joisse (Old French), Josce (Old French), Josse (Old French), and Judoc (Breton) are original forms of Joyce. In the medieval period, Joyce was used as a male name. See Joyce for more information.
See also the related form, Jodok (German).
Joyce is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1932 with 0.008% of baby boys being given the name Joyce. It ranked at #628 then. The baby name has since experienced a loss in popularity, and is currently of infrequent use. Among all boy names in its group, Joyce was nonetheless the most popular in 2018. Joyce has mostly been a girl name in the past century. In 1946, the name Joyce was given to 270 times as many girls than boys.
† Pronunciation for Joyce: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; OY as in "toy (T.OY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"