Last Name JOYCE


Meaning The son of Josse or Goce. Cognate in origin with joy and joyous. Rendered popular by St. Josse the hermit, who refused the sovereignty of Brittany. Nearly forgotten as it is, this name was parent of the diminutive Jocely, and thus secured immortality through its offspring. From rge first there was in England a choice of initials, G or J. If G, then the name was pronounced has as in 'gospel,' if J, soft as in 'gentile.' Thus it is that we have Gosling and Joscelyn in British directories, while both are the same name. The early entries of Josse or Goce are numerous, the diminutives at first being rare. The name became distinctly popular, and many diminnutives arose, Josselin and Gocelin being the chief. For instance, Goslin and Joslin. Gosset and Goslett added themselves to the list. The parent form Josse became Jocey, and through French influence Joyce and Joycey. The last was common in Durham and the Newcastle district. Joyce became a favourite girl's name, though some of the early instances may be masculine.
Origin English, Jewish, Irish, Maori

Rank 948 (2000 US census) 748 (1990 US census)
Count 33,843 (2000 US census)

Race / ethnic distribution

The 2000 US Census claims that
  • 89.32%, or 30229 total occurrences, of those with this family name identified themselves as being white,
  • 7.51%, or 2542 total occurrences, as black,
  • 0.49%, or 166 total occurrences, as Asian and Pacific Islander,
  • 0.29%, or 98 total occurrences, as American Indian and Native Alaskan,
  • 1.17%, or 396 total occurrences, as two or more races, and
  • 1.22%, or 413 total occurrences, as Hispanic ethnic origin.

Shortest last names

The 2000 USA census contains no surnames with ONE character. The shortest last names there have at least two characters in them. We found 175 of those. It does not mean that a one character name does not exist. The census data only contain surnames that occurred at lea...

Ukrainian middle names

Ukrainian middle names form the same way as Russian ones, except that for girls, the patronymic ending is '-ivna' rather than '-ovna' or '-evna.' Follow the Russian middle names link to get any additional information.

Most Popular Kazakh Baby Names

Below is the list of popular Kazakh first names in alphabetical order.

First girl baby names:

Адиль (Adil) Адия (Adiea) Ажар (Azhar) Айбала (Ajbala) Айбарша (Ajbarsha) Айбике (Ajbike) Айганша (Ajgansha) Айгуль (Ajgul) Аида (Aida) Айда...

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