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From the noun joy, first used by Puritans in the 17th century.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name.
    • 1789, William Blake, Infant Joy:
      "I have no name: / I am but two days old." / What shall I call thee? / "I happy am, / Joy is my name." / Sweet joy befall thee!
    • 1857, Dinah Craik, John Halifax, Gentleman, Chapter XXI:
      She was named Muriel — after the rather peculiar name of John's mother. Her own mother would have it so; only wishing out of her full heart, happy one! that there should be a slight alteration made in the second name. Therefore the baby was called Muriel Joy — Muriel Joy Halifax.