Joyce as a girl's name is of Latin origin meaning "lord". It derives from the Norman male name Josce or Josse, which is from Jodocus, a Latin form of a Breton name, Iodoc, borne by a seventh-century Breton saint. It was used in the Middle Ages and its use as a girl's name from the 16th century among Puritans suggests it have been associated with the vocabulary word "joy".
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