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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.
    • 2009 Princess Kasune Zulu, Warrior Princess, IVP Books, ISBN 978-0-8308-3725-0, page 80:
      All the while, our baby Joyce was growing to be a very outgoing baby. ( - - - ) Given the joy we felt watching her grow and from our connection to the church, the name Joy seemed appropriate for our baby girl. Soon that's what we shortened it to, and what she is known by to this day.