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The first name 

Joy is a female first name. In very rare cases it is also used for boys.

Joy – popular and common in the US

The name Joy isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all girls names, Joy ranks 375. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn girls, approximately 5 were named Joy. In the entire USA, approximately 134,718 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Joy. That is 0.04 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Joy mean?

Joy comes from the English word ‘joy’, ultimately derived via Norman French ‘joie’ from Latin ‘gaudia’.

Joy' is a .. 2015 film about Joy Mangano starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Joy -
at home in every state from California to New York

The name Joy may not be in the top rankings of the most popular girls’ names, but it is one of the few female given names, along with only 536 others, that can be found in every single state in the U.S. from Alaska to Florida and from California to New York. Of course, the name occurs more frequently in some states than in others – and Joy is apparently especially popular in Hawaii. Although the name is not one of the top 100 most popular women’s names here either, one in 417 women in Hawaii is called Joy. In total, that’s 1,058 women who feel addressed when the name Joy is shouted loudly across Hawaii and who ensure that their name makes it to #118 in our SmartGenius ranking of the most common female names in this nice state. If you asked all women in the entire U.S. for their first name, you would hear Joy as the answer a total of 134,363 times. This places Joy at #262 in our SmartGenius statistics for the most popular women’s names in the whole of the USA. This is true for all currently living women across all states and age groups – the recent popularity of the name Joy as a baby name is, of course, a bit different, as you can see from the statistics above.

Joy has 3 letters 
and begins with a J

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter J is a particularly popular initial letter for girls' names. That’s because 6.8% of all common girls’ names in the US begin with this letter. By the way, the most common first letters for girls’ names are A, S and M.

With only three letters, the name Joy is obviously very short. In fact, only 1.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly three letters. Just 0.2% of all first names are even shorter and only have two letters, while nearly 99% of all boys’ and girls’ names use more than three letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

This means that with 6.8% of all girls' names that begin with the letter J, this first letter is much more common than the other letters on average. And Jennifer is the girls' name starting with J, which is the most common of all.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Joy

If your name is Joy and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Joy

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Joy, you can simply say:




This is how the name Joy is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Joy in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Joy

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Joy is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Joy

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Joy sounds like this: