Joyce (name)

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Joyce
Pronunciation/ˈɔɪs/ JOYSS
GenderMale Female
Origin
Word/nameBreton
Meaning"Lord"

The name Joyce is a contemporary given-name used for females and rarely used for males. As a family-name, it derived from the Old French Masculine name Josse, which derived from the Latin name Iudocus, the Latinized form of the Breton name Judoc meaning "lord". The name became rare after the 14th century, but later revived as a female given-name, which derived from the Middle English joise meaning "rejoice". [1][better source needed]

The name originated with Saint Joyce (Judoc) (600–668), a Breton prince and hermit and the son of Judicael, king of Brittany.[2]

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Art[edit]

Business[edit]

  • Joyce Chen (1917–1994), chef and restaurateur
  • Joyce Hall (1891–1982), American businessman and founder of Hallmark Cards
  • Joyce Kiage, businesswoman from Papua New Guinea
  • Joyce Nicholson (1919), Australian author and businesswoman

Film, television, and theater[edit]

Literature and print[edit]

Music[edit]

Politics[edit]

  • Joyce Anelay, Baroness Anelay of St Johns, Conservative member of the House of Lords
  • Joyce Banda (born 1951), Malawian Member of Parliament
  • Joyce Beatty (born 1950), member of the Ohio House of Representatives
  • Joyce Butler (1910–1992), British Labour Co-operative politician
  • Joyce Cusack (born 1942), member of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Joyce Fairbairn (born 1939), Canadian Senator and first woman Leader of the Government in the Senate
  • Joyce Gemayel, wife of former President of Lebanon Amin Gemayel and mother of the assassinated politician Pierre Amine Gemayel
  • Joyce Hens Green (born 1928), American district court judge
  • Joyce Karlin, federal prosecutor, Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, and two-term mayor of Manhattan Beach, California
  • Joyce L. Kennard (born 1941), associate justice of the California Supreme Court
  • Joyce Mojonnier, California Assemblywoman from 1983 to 1991
  • Joyce Mujuru (born 1956), Zimbabwean politician, co-vice-president of the Zanu-PF party
  • Joyce Quin, Baroness Quin (born 1944), British Labour Party politician
  • Joyce Elaine Roop (1952–1995), attorney and environmental activist
  • Joyce Savoline, Canadian politician
  • Joyce Steele (born 1910), Australian politician and the first woman elected to the Parliament of South Australia
  • Joyce Trimmer (born 1927), Canadian politician
  • Joyce Watson, Welsh Labour Party politician and Member of the National Assembly for Wales

Sports[edit]

Other[edit]

As a last name[edit]

Business[edit]

  • Alan Joyce (born 1966), Irish-Australian Qantas CEO
  • David Joyce (1825–1904), American lumber baron and industrialist
  • Morton Dean Joyce (1900–1989), of New York City
  • Patrick H. Joyce (1879–1946), American railroad executive
  • Ron Joyce (born 1930), Canadian billionaire and co-founder of Tim Horton's donut chain

Film, television, and theatre[edit]

Literature and print[edit]

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Politics[edit]

Religion[edit]

Sports[edit]

Other[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Behindthename.com - Joyce
  2. ^ David Hugh Farmer. Oxford Dictionary of the Saints. Oxford: Clarendon Press: 1978, 1979, 1980. Pp. 225–226.