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Quick Facts on Joy

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 475
Simple meaning:
Elevated happiness

Characteristics of Joy

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Joy

Joy is the English vocabulary word that defines extreme happiness or elevated pleasure. It’s synonymous with words like delight, elation and bliss. The English originally borrowed the word “joie” (delight, gladness) from the Norman French in the Middle Ages, which was ultimately derived from the Latin “gaudia”. The word joy also has religious meaning for some, denoting a certain spiritual elation and rejoice (many religious hymns use this word). As a female given name Joy has been in regular use since the late 19th century when other virtue names came into vogue. Today the name Joy is most popular in the Netherlands (Holland).

Popularity of the Name Joy

The name Joy dates back to 1885 on the American female naming charts. By the 1940s, the name was used with solid and respectable moderation. This lasted for several more decades through the 50s, 60s and 70s. In fact, Joy’s peak popularity came in 1974 when she almost (but not quite) landed a spot on the Top 100 list of most favored girl names in the United States (she reached #109 on the charts that year). Joy is a very sweet name that conveys the emotions and values of her parents. Like other virtue names (Grace, Faith, Hope), Joy is transparently obvious and strongly positive in its meaning. We love that Joy is a name that corresponds with the Number Five in numerology – the joy-of-life number – how fitting! It seems that with a name like Joy, your little girl is destined for happiness (if not, then her name will be a source of glaring irony). What more could a parent want than happiness for their child? Because Joy is such a simple, obvious, one-syllable name, many people prefer it as a middle name instead of a first name. Either way, it’s just one of those names that puts a smile on your face – like it or not!
Popularity of the Girl Name Joy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Joy

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Joy

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Joy

    Joy We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Joy.

  • Popular Songs on Joy

    Popular Songs on Joy

    Joy - a song by Mick Jagger

    Joy to the World - a popular Christmas carol

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Joy

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Joy

    Joy the Jellyfish (Kristen Collier) - Joy the Jellyfish is a nearly transparent creature, who is ignored by the other inhabitants of the Great Barrier Reef. Sad and lonely, Joy swims the vast ocean in search of a friend. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Joy the Summer Vacation Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Joy the Summer Vacation Fairy has her hands full. She's trying to keep Rainspell Island sunny and bright -- but Jack Frost won't make it easy. Full holographic foil cover for extra sparkle! Rainspell Island is the perfect place for a vacation. And Joy the Summer Vacation Fairy is the one who keeps it that way! But when Jack Frost steals three magical shells from the beaches, Joy starts to lose her sparkle. Can Rachel and Kirsty help her bring the magic back to Rainspell Island? Three times the fairy fun in one book! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Princess Joy's Birthday Blessing (Jacqueline Johnson & Jeanna Young) - 'No one can come to the surprise party, Daddy. What will we do?' Princess Joy can't wait for her birthday. There will be treats, games, and an enormous cake with delicious icing! But when the other princes and princesses can't come and Princess Joy finds out, she comes up with a surprising plan to fill her day with special guests and unexpected gifts. Will it work? Her idea, shared in Princess Joy's Birthday Blessing, comes from a parable Jesus told about a party a lot like hers. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Joy

    Famous People Named Joy

    Famous People Named Joy - Joy Behar (TV personality); Joy Lynn Fawcett (soccer player); Joy Lauren (actress); Joy Adamson (writer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Joy

    Children of Famous People Named Joy

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Joy - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Joy.

  • Historic Figures

    Joy - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Joy - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Joy.

Personality of the Girl Name Joy

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Joy

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