Name: Joyce

Origin and Meaning of the Name Joyce

  • Meaning:
    Experienced in battle
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    Though usually used as a feminine name today, Joyce is a traditionally masculine name. It derives from an old Breton name meaning "experienced in battle," but many parents today choose it because it contains the word "joy."

    Famous bearers include Joyce Hall - the founder of Hallmark cards, actress Joyce Grenfell and novelist Joyce Carol Oates.

    It was also the surname of novelist James Joyce.

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