Meaning:Great pleasure, happiness
Joy is a girl’s name of Latin origin, meaning “great pleasure, happiness.” This delightful title stems from the Latin guadia, which eventually led to the modern French “joie.” In the late 19th century, Joy soared into popularity and is still adored today. This spirited name radiates light and positivity and will stand to baby even during the toughest of times. With a name like Joy, baby will be a ray of sunshine—lighting up every room they enter.

Famous People Named Joy

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Joy Adamson
  • 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky, pg. 174

  • Behind the Name, Joy March 2016

  • Ancestry, Joy Family History

  • Merriam-Webster, Joy

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